The Good Tuen


The Good Tuen


Tent, logs, camping props  
London streetlamp prop  
Fog making machine (optional)


This is a simple skit, aimed at teaching Cub Scouts the origins of scouting in the US.


1999 Cub Scout Variety Show  
Den 8's Skit:  
"How A Good Turn Brought Scouting to the USA"  
Scene 1: Colonel Robert Baden-Powell in India  
Scene 2: Brownsea Island: the First Campout  
Scene 3: William D. Boyce and the Unknown Scout  
Scene 4: The Founding of the Boy Scouts of America  
Scene 1: Colonel Robert Baden-Powell in India  
Scout brings out sign: "India, 1897", then exits.  
Narrator: Scouting's history goes back to the turn of the century, with a British Army officer, Robert Baden-Powell. B-P, who was stationed in India at the time, found that his men did not know basic first aid or the elementary means of survival outdoors. They could'nt follow a trail or tell directions, read danger signs or find food or water.  
B-P enters stage, looking for his men. After some wandering, he finds them on the opposite side of stage.  
B-P: "There you are! What happened?"  
Soldier 1: "We got lost again, sir."  
B-P: "Confound it! OK, let's set up camp here."  
Soldiers try to set up tent and make fire, but have trouble, until B-P helps them.  
Soldier 2: "How do we build a fire, sir?"  
Soldier 3 holds up fish  
Soldier 3: "How do we scale the fish, sir?"  
B-P is frustrated and sits by the fire to write scouting guidebook.  
Narrator: And so Baden-Powell wrote a small military handbook called Aids to Scouting.  
B-P and soldiers exit stage, leaving tent and fire.  
Scene 2: Brownsea Island: the First Campout  
Narrator: When he returned to London a few years later, B-P was amazed to find that his little handbook had become popular with English boys, who were using it to play the game of 'scouting.'  
Scout brings out sign: "Brownsea Island, 1907"  
Narrator: In August, 1907, B-P gathered together 20 boys from all over England. Some were from exclusive schools and others from the slums, the shops, and the farms. He took them to Brownsea Island, in a sheltered bay off England's southern coast, and there along the shore, they set up a campsite which would be their home for the next 12 history-making days.  
B-P enters, leading two columns of scouts. B-P stands by the fire while the two columns separate and "hike" around the stage. Two columns break up. Four boys play catch. B-P instructs two scouts on map reading. Other scouts cook at fire.  
Narrator: The boys had a great time! They divided into patrols and took hikes, played games, learned stalking and pioneering. They learned to cook outdoors.  
Scouts sit around fire, with B-P standing and acting as if telling tales.  
Narrator: And in the evening, in the magic of the campfire, they were spellbound by B-P's stories of his army adventures. What none of them realized was that Scouting had begun on that island, and would sweep the globe in a few short years.  
Scouts exit, taking fire and tent, etc. with them.  
Narrator: (as scouts are cleaning up stage and exiting)  
Soon scout troops began to spring up all over England and in other European countries as well. The next year, more than 10,000 Boy Scouts attended a rally at the Crystal Palace. Two years later, the membership had tripled.  
Scene 3: William D. Boyce and the Unknown Scout  
A foggy day in London. Scout brings out sign: "London, 1909."  
Narrator: One day in 1909 in London, England, a Chicago businessman, publisher William D. Boyce, lost his way in a dense fog. He stopped under a street lamp and tried to find his way.  
Boyce enters stage, wanders around, then stops under the lamp post. A scout enters and approaches Boyce.  
Scout: "May I be of help, sir?"  
Boyce: "Please. Which way is 111 Downing Street?"  
Scout: "I'll take you there."  
Scout leads Boyce back and forth across stage. Then Boyce reaches into his pocket for a coin, which the scout refuses.  
Narrator: When they got to the destination, Mr. Boyce reached into his pocket for a shilling tip. But the boy stopped him.  
Scout: "No thank you, sir. I am a Scout. I won't take anything for helping."  
Boyce: "A Scout? And what might that be?"  
Narrator: The boy told the American about himself and his brother Scouts. Boyce became very interested. After finishing his errand, he had the boy take him to the British Scouting Office.  
Scout leads Boyce to other side, where he shakes hands with B-P.  
Unknown Scout leaves, while Boyce and B-P talk.  
Narrator: At the office, Boyce met Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the famous British general who had founded the Scouting movement in Great Britain. When he boarded the steamship back to the United States a short while later, Boyce had a suitcase full of information and ideas on boy scouting.  
Scene 4: The Founding of the Boy Scouts of America  
All scouts in a semi-circle saluting U.S. flag. Boyce facing them.  
Scout brings out sign: "Washington D.C., 1910."  
Narrator: On February 8, 1910, Boyce and a group of outstanding leaders founded the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, DC.  
What happened to the boy who helped Mr. Boyce find his way in the fog? No one knows. He had neither asked for money nor given his name, but he will never be forgotten. His Good Turn helped bring the Scouting movement to our country. In the British Scout Training Center at Gilwell Park, England, Scouts from the United States erected a statue of an American buffalo in honor of this unknown British Boy Scout. One Good Turn to one man became a Good Turn to millions of American boys. Such is the power of a Good Turn.  
This is why today, our Scout Slogan remains:  
All Scouts On Stage: "Do A Good Turn Daily"!  


Jeff Huppertz


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