Action Theme Event
Our theme was "Lights Camera Action!" during which Brownies earned Let's Pretend
and Juniors earned Theatre. Cadettes and Seniors were Program Aides for half the
day, and could attend any session they chose for the other half. 225 girls and
80 adults registered for the event. Sadly, none of our Daisy troops registered.
We decorated our camp lodge in Hollywood style, with a red paper carpet, a big
"Hollywood" sign, and the "Wall of Fame" for hand outlines and signatures. Each
camp unit was assigned a movie theme (Star Wars, A Bug's Life, Lion King, Wizard
of Oz, Knight's Tale, Grease, etc) and decorated their unit in that style.
Friday night was "Friday Night at the Movies", and we showed "The Princess
Diaries" in the lodge, serving popcorn.
Saturday morning at 8am the cold front blew in, but fortunately - no rain! We
had the day divided into 5 sessions. The Brownies had Silent Movies, Talkies,
Backlot Tour, Creature Features, and Westerns. Silent Movies was pantomime
skills and Talkies was voice skills. I found a terrific book called Theatre
Games for Young Performers by Maria C. Novelly that provided all the information
and exercises for these activities - I highly recommend this book. Backlot Tour
took the Brownies on a hike through the camp visiting each decorated unit, where
they received a shrinky-dink ticket on a safety pin to wear. When they came back
to the lodge, they received a bag of popcorn. In Creature Features, they made
bird masks, which were quite colorful. For Westerns, they got to love, hug and
groom horses and learn the parts of a horse.
Juniors also did Silent Movies and Talkies with the
Brownies, but made different masks in Creature Features. These were made
from egg cartons (believe it or not, there is an
which were separated and restapled. Styrofoam balls made the eyes, and they were
also decorated with various items - they turned out looking like mutant Muppets.
Juniors also did Animation (making flipbooks) and Robin Hood (archery).
Of course, we had to have skit presentations, and
there was quite a variety in content and quality. Each troop received an "Oscar"
- an old bowling pin painted gold with googly eyes. During lunch, troops
swapped, which was highly popular. The Brownie leaders had never really done
swapping before, and were amazed how successful it was (in the confirmation
letter I included the golden rule of swapping - never turn down a swap!).
Because of the hard freeze Saturday night, all but 4 troops left Saturday night
(including mine) - we're in the Houston area and most troops are not prepared to
camp in freezing temperatures. It was chilly, but a lot of fun. Two
girls in my troop used this for their Silver Award project. The younger girls
got to see Cadettes and Seniors in action, and my service unit has a really
outstanding group of teen scouts. My adult committee was great - each one did a
perfect job with their assignment. I had to laugh whenever my husband would ask
what was in a package that had arrived and I said with a straight face,
"Feathers and safety pins". And when a large box of large and small Styrofoam
balls came packed in Styrofoam peanuts.
Ideas from Dianne in Woodlands, Texas