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In the fall of 1990, my son Jason joined the Cub Scouts. Over the next four years, the entire family spent many hours on various Cub Scout projects — from the “Pumpkin Patrol” on Devil’s Night each year, to the many bottle drives and scout family outings that were part of the program at old Pack 870. My wife, Nonie, was one of the scout leaders, along with Debbie and Jeff Sotzen — who, along with Nonie, were the den leaders of Jason’s Den 9.
Each Pack Meeting, the various dens would alternate the jobs needed to organize the meeting. From setting up the chairs for the meeting, to providing treats, to cleaning up afterwards, the boys would rotate the chores — and, we hoped, learn the value of cooperation. One of these monthly “chores” involved putting on a skit for the rest of the Pack. And, as I fancied myself something of a wordsmith, whenever it was Den 9's turn, I was invariably asked to compose a script for the boys.
The short skits that follow were my efforts to give the boys something that they would enjoy performing. Nonie and the Sotzens invariably turned them into big productions — making scenery, making the boys memorize all their lines, and blocking the movements as if the boys were playing on Broadway. I always felt proud when I saw the boys performing lines I’d written for them — and the plays were always a bit hit with the crowd. Beyond this, some of the biggest compliments I cherish are the faint imitations that I saw — or perhaps imagined — in some of the other skits performed over the ensuing years.
This small volume is a compilation of the skits the boys performed during the time Jason was a Cub Scout — along with the Halloween skit I wrote for their first Halloween together, which the grownups performed for them. Writing them reminded me of the skits I performed as a Cub Scout myself, when I was a boy — which were also major productions, choreographed and directed by my mother, the Drama Coach. I hope they bring a smile to the reader’s lips — much as they brought laughter and memories to my heart, as I was writing them.
November 7, 1994
|Five One-Act Skits|
|A Halloween Adventure|
|The Big Bear Hunt|
|Through Time With Den 9|
|The Revenge of the Video Games|
|A Cub Scout Thanksgiving|
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