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    Burns Night at Cubs

    Has anyone got a good programme themed on Burns Night which would be suitable for Cubs?

    I have got some ideas, but wondered whether any of you had any tried and tested activities that work well - I have scoured the forum but most are aimed at the older ones.

    Cheers.
    Ryan Watson (ACSL)

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    Difficult one, esp at short notice. Burns is sometimes difficult even for Scottish kids, since few actually speak his dialect.

    The haggis and neeps always works here - just a sample so that there's plenty left for the adults... You can recite, To a Haggis - well okay, a couple of verses of it. ( and you would need to translate).

    You can play a game of Smugglers and Customsmen. The smugglers have to get a hidden object past the customs officers, Burns was a Customs officer for a while.

    Setting aside the PRS issue...

    You could get recordings of Burns' songs and play them to them. Perhaps a sampling would be better as lots of today's kids won't listen all the way through Sherrifmuir...

    I have used for example... The Sherramuir Fight by Five Hand Reel, you can prelude this by explaining that it was a battle between catholic and prodestant armies and that in the end there was no real winner. They don't need to understand the words, the drums, the melody and the tone are clearly about conflict.

    I have used Tibbie Dunbar, Willie Stewart, and My Love is Like a Red Red Rose by variously, Dick Gaughan, The Corries ( I don't care if the snobs don't like them) and Eddi Reader. The key is to find the ones that will get their fet tapping. Red Red Rose, you can ask them a few questions, such as what is Burns saying when he says, "Till a' the seas run dry, my dear, and rocks melt wi' the sun." ? Even Cubs get it.

    With Scouts, I use "A Man's a Man for a That", or, the one that got me interested in Burns, "Holy Willie's Prayer"-

    With Explorers, who often are jaded and think poetry is stuffy, if I can't convince them with the approved stuff, I'll let them read some Merry Muses, oft atributed to the great man, and to be honest, sound very like something that would be sung in a pub by farmworkers and weavers at the end of a long week.

    We have also had them doing Scottish Country dancing - Strip the Willow is the most popular.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks for your help - you're right in suggesting that the poetry will be difficult for them to access! I have a few ideas in mind, one being to make cranachan.
    Ryan Watson (ACSL)

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    Whilst waiting to be slapped for sterotying our close neightbours.

    With Explorers last night we did create your own taratn using unit colours(Yes Ewan I had read you comment on the fact the he wouldnt have seen tartan)

    Sword danicng to Donald wheres your troosers, Proclaimers and Palo Nutini singing Mans a man, very funny and ended up more like Russian dancing.

    Told the haggis story and had them make Haggi

    And finally toasted the haggis (including a vegatarian one) tatties and neeps with Irn Bru
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    Much though I love the idea of people taking on a little bit of Scottish culture, (however stereotyped), and in many ways I suspect that Burns might well have appreciated the fun, I also think it a little bit important that we get a bit more of the Burns across.

    And vegetarian haggis... ach!

    FWIW, when I was a kid I loved Andy Stewart - I could sing Donald Where's Yer Troosers, and Cambeltown Loch at the age of six... I cried a little when he died.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Watson View Post
    Thanks for your help - you're right in suggesting that the poetry will be difficult for them to access! I have a few ideas in mind, one being to make cranachan.
    Last year we had quite a bit of poetry at our version of a Burns' Night Supper. Our "most Scottish" Cub, wearing his kilt, read part of the "address to the haggis", the "Ode to toothache" went down well as did a couple of the other shorter, more humerous poems. We cut out parts of the longer ones and the Cubs were able to take their pieces home the week before to practise. We also supplied translations so that they could atempt to read with meaning! No, they didn't all understand everything but they still got a feeling for the poetry. One of my YLs did a fantastic response to the "address to the lasses" which had us in stitches.
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    Don't know if this is too late but I found this Cub program a couple of years ago for Burns night.
    We did it last year and the kids seemed to enjoy it. We also had some haggis, shortbread and irn bru.

    Neil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    MFWIW, when I was a kid I loved Andy Stewart - I could sing Donald Where's Yer Troosers, and Cambeltown Loch at the age of six... I cried a little when he died.
    AAAAARRRGGGHHH

    That song reached the 'hit parade' just as I started school back in 1961.

    My god that bloke has a lot to answer for.....

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    The BBC have an archive of Burns poes/songs read by some scottish actors.
    Some really good ones.

    bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns
    ( just don`t tell the cubs what`s in the haggis!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellshillscouts View Post
    Don't know if this is too late but I found this Cub program a couple of years ago for Burns night.
    We did it last year and the kids seemed to enjoy it. We also had some haggis, shortbread and irn bru.

    Neil
    That's one of ours - but of course anyone that wants to make use of it is welcome!
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    Burns supper for cubs
    Haggis - Rice crispy cakes
    Neeps - Orange Jelly
    Tatties - Ice cream
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    Quote Originally Posted by baz1980 View Post
    Burns supper for cubs
    Haggis - Rice crispy cakes
    Neeps - Orange Jelly
    Tatties - Ice cream
    What's wrong with:

    Haggis - Haggis
    Neeps - Neeps
    Tatties - Tatties


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    We did real Haggis with our Cubs last year and they loved trying it. We piped it in with much ceremony and fuss - fab night.

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    What's wrong with:

    Haggis - Haggis
    Neeps - Neeps
    Tatties - Tatties
    Dare I say they don't actually eat haggis in Morningside...
    Ewan Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadBaloo View Post
    That's one of ours - but of course anyone that wants to make use of it is welcome!
    Peter,

    Thanks for the program. As i said, our Cubs really enjoyed it last time.

    Neil

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