I have a series of stories that I used to tell around the campfire including a few monster type scary stories. I would start with one liners and progress into stories true and not true hoping to draw the guests (normally Scout Troops) interests into serious character building stories and ending with one of my "go to bed" stories. My favorite go to bed story was not the Mogollon Monster but "Wait till Martin comes". There are many versions of this story and mine included sitting at a campfire on a solo backpack trip when three wolfs appear one after the other.
Following is a link to one internet version of this basic story:
http://www.sacredpaws.org/2007/06/17/wa ... tin-comes/
One time however the story did not achieve the desired results of the Scouts, one by one getting up and walking to their tent until all but the leaders were still with me at the campfire. This time all the boys hesitated, did not leave and I could detect some embarrassment from the Scoutmaster. After a few comments that did not achieve the desired result I realized the problem and asked them, "How do you normally put out your campfire before you go to bed at night"? No one would answer me, not even the Scoutmaster. Finally one boy about 13 years of age said, "We wiz on it."
This particular Scout Troop was vacating the camp the next morning so I asked them what would happen when the new arriving Scout Troop lite a fire in this fire ring. They all shouted out with glee, "It will stink!” I then asked them if this was a good tradition for their Troop to be known for. They all bowed their heads and said, "no.” I then asked them to start a new tradition by putting out their campfires with water which they then did.
Boys and sometimes adults need stories to help build, develop and correct behavior. Girls and women also enjoy wholesome stories told around a campfire. One 13 year old boy I met two years later even remembered my stories and when he recognized me immediately asked, "What happened when Martin came?"
And a post script message to Outdoor Lover. Your correct, I shouldn't have picked on Joe B. the way I did earlier in this thread but lets face reality. He likes it and is a good sport about it. We all love Joe and what he has done and is doing and we all appreciate him and support him. May he always have the health and wealth to continue what he is doing for the hiking and backpacking HAZ community!
:thanx: JOE B.
A man's body may grow old, but inside his spirit can still be as young and restless as ever.
- Garth McCann from the movie Second Hand Lions
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