We do the haggis and neeps. We talk about Burns, who he was, and we play a few games and in between games we played a Burns tune or two.
For Explorers we ran through A Man's a Man. (To deal with those who showed the usual lack of interest I gave them Gin a Body... and then the Merry Muses version as a contrast. Amazing how their interest in poetry perked up on the latter!)
The music we used, and I know that trendy modern Scots will cringe, but I don't care, was Corries renditions and a couple by Dick Gaughan from Five Hand Reel era.
The reason? Well partly because they were the ones I had handy, but also because they are less sanitised and jauntier than some of the more "proper" versions.
I half expected bored faces and a lack of interest but they were stamping their feet and clapping and even singing the choruses unprompted.
In the past we did the Dashing White Sergeant and the Gay Gordons and I have to say it was a bit of a struggle with the latter, I think I'll call it something else next time to prevent the sniggering and smut.
Since this year is the 250th anniverary of the bard's birth we will have to make something more of it this time.
I'm struggling with Beavers and Cubs, maybe I'll try "To A Mouse", with Scouts I might try "The Sherrifmuir Fight" - and I'll try getting them singing Killiekrankie - both of which will require a short history lesson, I suspect.
Explorers - we'll, I think this year in line with the sex and relationships element of the programme we'll look at a couple of love songs - The easiest to access is My Love is like a Red Red Rose, but there are plenty of others to choose from.
I'd love to cover Tam o' Shanter but its way too long and perhaps needs translation more than some.
Love to hear others' ideas.