Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cub Scout SInging

Why Sing?  From Roundtable Planning Guide

Icebreakers, Songs, and Cheers
Icebreakers and cheers, such as those found in Group Meeting Sparklers, and songs from the Cub Scout Songbook help get a roundtable off to a good start by creating enthusiasm and a relaxed atmosphere. For the meeting where a song is included, make song sheets available to each participant.

Singing Boy Style
Every Cub Scout leader needs to know a few crazy camp fire songs to liven up a camp out or sing at a Pack meeting.
It's especially important for female Cub Scout leaders to recognize the huge difference between Cub Scouts and their own childhood experience as a Girl Scout. Sure, Girl Scouts like silly songs too, but they also like "pretty" songs, rounds and ballads. Not Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts are boys and boys like songs that are gross, ridiculous or down right crazy.
Songs like "I'm a Little Teapot."
No, no, no, not the cute "I'm a Little Teapot." The rock version. The hard rockin' version of "I'm a Little Teapot" is a perfect song for Cub Scouts because it's both insanely silly and easy to follow. Everyone knows the words, so there's no need to "teach" the song.
The Scout version of "I'm a Little Teapot" is done to the tune of "We Will Rock You" by Queen. Or it can just be chanted. It's best when accompanied by clapping and stomping--something that will get Cubs in the action.
If the song isn't already familiar to your Pack you will need a brave leader (preferably a real ham) to get up and lead the song. Start by getting a beat going--have the scouts follow along with a clap-clap-stomp. When they get the rhythm going, launch into the song and watch the smiles spread.
If you haven't seen this song in action, watch the video below, from a Boy Scout camp fire at Lake George Colorado. It's done as a sing-a-long, perfect for teaching new songs to Cub Scouts.

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