The Showman Activity Badge
offers a choice of puppetry, music, or drama. A Webelos can pick the area
that suits him best. Showman Activities Badge is in the Mental Skills group.
To instill an appreciation of the fine arts.
To expose boys to entertainment professions.
To expand the imagination and creativity of Webelos.
To increase boys’ self-confidence in front of audiences
BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGES
Bugling, Musician, Theater, Communication,
Webelos Scout Book
Webelos Den Activities
Cub Scout Leader How-To Book.
Cub Scout Magic Book.
Cub Scout Song Book.
Boy Scout Song Book.
Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Program
Creative Dramatics, by Winifred Ward
Stunt Night Tonight, by Catherine
is a skit? Basically, a skit represents the experiences of a character
who wants something very much and tries to get it. Something or someone
hinders him until it looks like he will never get his desire. However,
he takes some action or makes some decision which overcomes the obstacle.
Establish the Place:
It could be related to the theme of the
Set the Time:
A date in history ... yesterday, today
Boy wants something:
Friendship, gold mine, game trophy, to
find lost civilization, slay a dragon, etc.
Boy starts to get it:
By canoe, plane, horseback, walking,
at home, using his brain, some other way.
Obstacles stop boy:
Crocodiles, native headhunters, a secret
enemy, a false friend, un-climbable mountain, other problems.
Boy achieves goal:
Through an act of kindness, bravery,
wisdom, magic, unexpected help.
One way to handle the play writing phase of this
badge is to let the Webelos Scouts produce a video. This is a unique opportunity
that should excite the boys. The idea is to let the boys write the script,
choose someone to direct it, shoot it, and let the rest of the boys construct
the set and act in it.
Ideas for the plot will come easily, but the
boys will need help in the mechanics of film making. Here is a rough outline
of the steps involved:
type of camera used does not matter. Some of the boys may have had
some experience using different cameras, so a quick run-through on camera
operation should prevent any problems in this area. Some video cams can
tape stop-action sequences so that clay puppets or other figures could
or Screen Play. Five seconds is the shortest time that should
be allotted to any one scene or title. This allows the audience time to
see or read what is going on. For lengthy title frames or credits, allow
plenty of reading time.
The script should contain a plot outline to tell
the story, and a detailed scene-by-scene outline describing the action
in the scene and the time elapsed. Consider a music video, a commercial
for some mythical product or a news program about an incident at camp.
Practice. Have a “table run” where the boys
learn what to do and the director takes them through a first reading.
or build everything that will be needed in the film. This includes backgrounds,
props, costumes and makeup.
Then comes the dress rehearsal with an unloaded camera, to check out film
angles and let the actors get used to their parts. Make any needed script
will you record the sound? It could be recorded live or dubbed in during
is best to shoot the film in the proper sequence so editing will not be
necessary although editing with a VCR is certainly feasible and provides
an additional experience.
The boys will want to see the film as soon as it is developed. Then show
it at pack meeting or at a den family night.
Although the boys will enjoy acting in the film,
also consider filming puppets.
John Phillip Sousa
America's greatest composer of MARCH
music was John Philip Sousa, b. Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 1854, d. Mar.
6, 1932. The popularity of his 136 marches headed by "The Stars and Stripes
Forever" (1896)--gained him the title the March King, but he also composed
15 operettas, 70 songs, 27 fantasies, and more than 300 arrangements, and
wrote 132 articles and 7 books, including his autobiography, Marching Along
(1928), and 3 novels.
At the age of 13, Sousa enlisted
as an apprentice in the U.S. Marine Band. He left the Marines when he was
18 years of age and played violin in theater and symphonic orchestras,
also gaining valuable experience as a conductor. He reenlisted in the Marine
Band in 1880 this time as leader and began composing; his first hit march
was "The Gladiator" (1886), and his "Washington Post March" (1889) became
a ballroom rage associated with a new dance, the two-step.
He left the Marines in 1892 to form
his own band, which quickly became the most successful in the nation; tours
through Europe in 1900, 1901, 1903, and 1905 and a global circuit in 1910-11
brought him worldwide celebrity. With the U.S. entry into World War I,
Sousa again enlisted, this time to lead the Navy Band, and he continued
an active musical life until his retirement in 1931.
Born Washington, D.C, Apr. 29, 1899,
died May 24, 1974, was a pianist and orchestra leader and the most prolific
composer in JAZZ history. As the leader of his own band, Ellington became
a popular New York City jazzman in the early 1920s. From 1927 to 1931,
he and his orchestra were the stars of Harlem's famous Cotton Club; Ellington's
broadcasts from the club made him a national celebrity.
His first European
tour (1933) brought him international fame as well. His orchestra featured
many of the greatest jazz artists of the time, and Ellington's compositions
were tailored to their special talents. They created a unique sound and
a precision and clarity that won them a reputation as the finest orchestra
Ellington wrote more than 1,000 short
pieces--"Mood Indigo" (1930) was his first important hit, and there were
countless others; concertos for orchestra and jazz soloist, including "Clarinet
Lament" and "Concerto for Cootie" (both 1935); long concert pieces in the
jazz idiom, such as Black, Brown and Beige (1943); three large religious
works; and several movie scores.
(1918-1990) was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He took piano lessons
as a boy and attended the Garrison and Boston Latin Schools. He became
Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958. From then until 1969
he led more concerts with the orchestra than any previous conductor.
Bernstein was a leading advocate of American composers, particularly Aaron
He had a strong influence on
American musical taste, particularly in his championing of Mahler. In some
works, notably in West Side Story, a modern American version of Romeo and
Juliet, he attempted a synthesis of American musical styles.
Works Popular compositions of Bernstein
include the ballet score Fancy Free and the overture to his comic opera Candide, in addition to West Side Story.
Bernstein wrote three symphonies,
his second symphony, The Age of Anxiety, based on the work of the English
poet W.H. Auden. The Jeremiah Symphony of 1943, with its mezzo-soprano
solo, represents a religious vein in Bernstein's music.
The Jeremiah Symphony was followed
twenty years later by another overtly Jewish work, the so-called Kaddish
Symphony. The Chichester Psalms were commissioned for Chichester Cathedral
in the South of England. His theatrical setting of the Roman Mass may be
mentioned by the side of his later Missa Brevis, based on his own
incidental music for a play by Jean Anouilh.
He won eleven Emmy Awards in his
career. His televised concert and lecture series started with the "Omnibus"
program in 1954, followed by the extraordinary "Young People's Concerts
with the New York Philharmonic," in 1958 that extended over fourteen seasons.
Born: Texas, possibly in Texarkana,
where he was raised--Nov. 24, 1868, died Apr. 1, 1917, was the most celebrated
composer of instrumental RAGTIME. Although his family was poor, his parents
had been slaves, the young Joplin studied classical piano as a child; he
later worked as a dance musician, and at about the age of 20 he became
an itinerant pianist, traveling throughout the Midwest.
He published his
first composition, the song "Please Say You Will," in 1895; other sentimental
songs and marches followed. His "Maple Leaf Rag" (1899) became the most
popular piano rag of the period, securing for Joplin a modest lifetime
income from royalties and the title "King of Ragtime." Altogether, he published
some 60 compositions, of which 41 are piano rags; the balance consists
of songs, marches, and the opera Treemonisha (1911), produced unsuccessfully
in concert form in 1915 but revived successfully 57 years later.
his lifetime, Joplin was never acknowledged as a serious composer. Recognition
came posthumously, however, with the republication (1972) of his music,
a Pulitzer Prize (1976), and popular and scholarly acclaim.
Divide the den into teams of about four persons
each. Give each team a bundle of newspapers and a package of pins. They
select one person from their team to be the model. The others dress him
in a newspaper costume, tearing the paper where necessary and pinning the
pieces in place. Do not provide scissors. The most sensational costume
This is it pantomime game. The leader thinks up
a number of action safety rules. For example, "Look all ways before crossing
the street"; "Buckle up"; "Wear a raincoat on rainy days". Write them down
on separate pieces of paper and drop them into a box. Then ask for a volunteer
to go first and start the game. He comes forward and selects it slip of
paper. He pantomimes the safety rule for the rest of the den. The first
one to correctly guess what he's doing gets to act out the next rule.
Boys take the bottoms of their T-shirts that they
are wearing and pull them up to contain their heads and arms. Their bare
chests are painted to look like faces, using their belly buttons as whistling
mouths. They then dance or perform to a sound effects tape of a whistled
song. A variation of this "costume" would be a head and arms cover-up to
look like an elf's stocking cap at Christmas time and "whistle" a Christmas
GO AND WHAT TO DO
Junior high and Senior high school plays.
Make up a Webelos band to entertain at
a pack meeting.
Contact a local chapter of SPEBSQSA to
learn about barbershop quartets. Webelos parents might even get in on the
fun of creating a barbershop quartet skit.
Learn magic tricks to do as a skit. Or
take your magic show on the road to a residential center for seniors or
Make a video tape of a play the Webelos
write and perform. Show it to parents or in a demonstration corner at a
Invite an artist, an actor, and/or a
musician to a den meeting to tell about their profession or hobby.
Write and/or perform a skit complete
with scenery and costumes.
Attend a folk music festival. Learn to
sing a folk song. Learn about the history of the song.
Invite the boys to tell about the instruments
that they play.
Make an audio tape of a radio program
the boys perform.
A line of dancers, in these topsy-turvy costumes,
will have your audience in hysterics. To make the costume, first pull the
arms of an old sweater, blouse or sweatshirt up over your legs. Pin the
bottom of the sweater around your waist, or baste it with heavy thread.
For the head, stuff a piece of old sheeting
or flesh colored material -- pantyhose will work, too. Pin the head to
the collar of your sweater between your knees. Add yarn hair or a wig that
they are wearing and pull them up to contain their heads and arms. Their
bare chests are painted to look like faces, using their belly buttons as
They then dance or perform to a
sound effects tape of a whistled song. A variation of this "costume" would
be a head and arms cover-up to look like an elf's stocking cap at Christmas
time and "whistle" a Christmas tune.
For the skirt, use a piece of an old sheet. Make
it as long as the distance from your waist to the wrists of your upraised
hands, and as wide as necessary for a full skirt. Gather one long edge
to fit your waist, adding toes. Gather the other long edge the same way;
add elastic loops to slip over wrists. Cut holes at eye level; cover holes
with gauze. Place socks and shoes on your "feet", put over-sized
work gloves on "hands". At the end of the dance, lower your arms to take