Over the last 23 years of scouting my troop has used the Wizard of Oz theme for many different events, day camp, parties and a GS ceremony. I highly recommend this theme the girls have always enjoyed it and there are so many ways you can use it to teach scout skills, a great example is fire building. The way we incorporated the theme is to teach fire safety and explain we have to be careful because remember scarecrows will burn. We built a edible fire and the girls had to make sure the fire was built right before they were allowed to eat it. We also asked review questions as we went around checking fires to see if they understood what we taught them. There are a variety of snack items you can use for this, below is the items we used on ours and directions for activity.
Things you will Need:
Clear space – Napkin
Fire ring – M & M’s
Tinder – Coconut
Kindling – Pretzel sticks
Matches – Potato sticks
Fire – candy corn
Fuel – Pretzel logs
Fire starters – Mini marshmallows
Fire Bucket – cup of water
Shovel – Spoon
Fire Building Directions:
- First, clear the area of debris at least eight to ten feet around where the fire will be built. Make sure there are no overhanging branches. (Open up and spread out the napkin and move any clutter back)
- Lay your fire ring. (Arrange M & M’s on the napkin in a wide circle at least 5” in diameter.)
- Fill your fire bucket, put your shovel nearby. (Put water in the cup and put the spoon nearby)
- Lay the A-frame using kindling. The opening (the bottom of the A) needs to be facing you and your back needs to be to the wind. (Lay down three pretzel sticks so that they form a capital “A” with the crosspiece on top of the two legs.)
- Place the fire starters in the center of the A-frame, with two or three under the crosspiece. (six mini marshmallows in the A-frame)
- Now add tinder. (Sprinkle coconut throughout the center of the A-frame)
- Hold a match under the crosspiece of the A-frame and light the fire starters. (If the fire has been built correctly, the leader then adds the candy corn to show that the fire has been lit.)
- Add kindling. (Add more pretzel sticks)
- When the kindling is burning well add fuel. (Add more pretzel logs)
Now the best part we let them eat it.
We had the girls come dressed in their favorite Wizard of Oz character. We had two of our Ambassador girls and 3 leaders come dressedas Dorothy, Glenda, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scare Crow. Instead of doing the best costume, or scariest we purchased gifts and picked the winners by the number of girls dressed like that character. It also was a great photo opportunity, we took the pictures on a solid background and later I used Photoshop and put everyone onto the yellow brick road and gave everyone pictures at the following meeting. It was a close contest between the witches and scarecrows, but the witches outnumbered the scarecrows. We also had girls come as Dorothy, Toto, munchkins, Tin Man, and cowardly lion. We also gave award for being the only character and the winner of that one was Uncle Henry, Auntie Em’s husband.
We had a GS ceremony a couple weeks after the Wizard of Oz party; the two girls that were Ambassadors, Dorothy and Glenda at the party ran the whole program. One of the other troop leaders is a great artist so she drew Emerald City on a large mural and she took a roll of yellow plastic and drew bricks on it. We rolled out the yellow brick road and the girls walked down the road to get to Oz. escorted by Dorothy, the bridging girl had to walk across a bridge to get to Emerald City. The leader of the group was Oz so they did the pinning; the brownies that bridge went to the pond in emerald city. The girls each received a bridging certificate just like the scarecrow received and a basket that contained a heart sticker (Tin Man Heart), dog bone candy (Toto), a metal with their awards pinned on it (Lion Courage).
Snack for Troop Meeting or Ceremony
- Somewhere over the rainbow punch
Freeze several different Kool-Aid flavors (orange, lemon, grape, etc.) in ice cube trays. There are several different shapes of trays you can use or just the original ones. Only fill half way so you can make several different colors to go into one glass (tall clear cups work the best) Pour clear or lightly colored pop over the cubes and now the girls can sip on their rainbow punch
- Toto on a Bun (hot dogs)
- Animal crackers (lions and tigers and bears oh my!)
Yellow Brick Road Relay
Before the party, we prepared 4 pieces of yellow poster board cut into 8 x 11.5”. We divided the girls into two teams; the first person in each line was given two bricks. These bricks are the only thing they could step on to travel from the start to finish line, around an orange cone and back. They had to put one brick on the ground and step on it, then place second brick on and step on it, not too far in front of them because they had to reach the first brick to continue the pattern clear across the floor around cone and back to finish line to pass the brick to the next player in line. They always had to have their feet on a brick as they went across the floor. Relay continues until all team members had gone. The team that finished first won.
Lion had to find courage so we had the girls experience the same; we did this for our older girls. It was called a trust walk we paired the girls up and blindfolded one of them and then set up a obstacle course, we set chairs around and a mat on the floor, a table they needed to climb under, over and around the different obstacles. The girls were not allowed to see the course before hand. One girl was the “sighted” buddy and had to tell the blindfolded buddy to go forward, step up, go to left or right, get down and crawl, the sighted person held onto the arm of the blindfolded girl, for safety not to direct their unsighted partner. Only way the sighted person could direct was by talking, they were not allowed to pull the partner through the course. We did not make this a race for safety reasons, we just wanted to show what trust really was.
Wizard of Oz Broom Race
We formed two teams and let them race through a course on brooms. The first team to finish first won.
We have played how many words you can create out of FOLLOW THE YELLOWBRICK ROAD.
The Scarecrow has fallen apart and you must put him together again.
Need: Cut outs of head, pants, shirt, shoes, hat, etc.
We hid all the pieces then paired the girls up, each team was given a poster board, the girls had to take turns looking for parts after each fine the girl ran back to give other partner the piece to glue onto poster board then once that had been completed the other girl took her turn to look for part this continued until scarecrow was complete, the first team that completed won.
Straw could be added to make it a little harder. Give each team a small amount of straw to give the scarecrow at more real look.
We let each girl pick a brown bag, I had put different items in each bag, I had put tin foil and a heart and straw plus some stuff that I new the girls would have no idea what it was for, so it made it that much more fun. They had to use every item in bag and create a skit we put a 5-minute limit on each skit. We gave them each a half hour to put the skit together then to preform.
We had girls bring old clothes, hats, shoe etc. to make scarecrows, we had got some straw donated and we had a contest, which girls could make the best scarecrow then we donated the scarecrows to the area zoo, they have zoo boo so they needed donations. We gave a prize for the best scarecrow.