Pygmy Island Fellowship Skit

INTRO. TEACHING THE PYGMY WAR CHANT

MATT

As one of the Camp Directors, it's my responsibility to tell every camper who comes to Camp Fitch about a very serious threat. About 3 or 4 miles off our shore, out in Lake Erie, is a mysterious island inhabited by a strange warlike people. From the time camp began, over 100 years ago, these people have been our enemy. They are short, green, slimy creatures, with super human powers. They have long hair, green skin, are excellent swimmers with webbed feet, and have a very strange diet. Their favorite food is humans! We have a song about these strange mysterious people and I'd like to sing it for you please join in if you know the words!

Matt begins singing The Pygmy Song. Brian runs from the back of the Circle up to the stage yelling very urgently to stop Matt:

BRIAN

MATT STOP SINGING! WAIT!

Brian goes on stage and says:

President Obama just called me and said that he was able to work out a Peace Treaty between Camp and the Pygmy Islanders! From this day forward, the people of Pygmy Island and Camp Fitch will live in peace!” In fact, as part of the Peace Treaty, the Leader of Pygmy Island is sending his daughter here to camp this very evening! They are arriving by canoe right now! I sent Sturge down to the beach to greet them.

I sent Bobby Hettler along with her. Bobby's our only Staff member who can speak the Pygmy language. He learned it when they captured him when he was just a small Sloop. He escaped from the cage they were holding him captive, and hid on the Island until he was big enough to steal a boat. It was during that time the Bobby learned their language. He would hide behind the bushes on the island and listen to their conversations.

Let's watch them arrive trough Camp's State of the art close circuit T.V.

SCENE II: Either video of beach landing if we have it, or carry on with stage version – PYGMIES ARRIVE AT CAMP

BRIAN

Look! They're up here all ready!

Sturge, Bobby, and the Pygmy family all walk up to the stage from the back of Friend Circle. When they arrive on the stage, Meagan is hiding behind her mother.

BRIAN

Bobby, can you translate for me?

Looks to Bobby for confirmation, Bobby steps up.

BRIAN

Hi, my name is Brian! Welcome to Camp Fitch!

BOBBY

Cawwa bungi cocokrispi ungalli Summa petri kalliflowi, sallie balli jellibeanie ongawonga lackahemi hasafratsi Sturgaronni bobbarella Brianruppi surabacci campanooli babaloni!

PYGMY FATHER CORNELIUS

Ongabonga!

BOBBY

He says they have traveled far and are tired from their journey. He says that the reputation of Camp Fitch is great and he welcomes the peace between our two peoples. He says that he remembers me as a small boy and is happy his grandfather did not eat me. This is his wife and daughter and they trust us to take care of her and hope that she makes many new friends.

BRIAN

All that? Huh. Could you please ask them their names?

BOBBY

Komma esta el namearuski enlancookarungi kilamengari silliwilli chessiburgi pizzapieenpepperoni lackawani jumbagucci hottitotti serribelli contanosi chacamoroni somuchspagetti.

PYGMY FATHER CORNELIUS

Cazzalebrae okinanwa chacabonga

PYGMY MOTHER DOROTHY (DOT)

Don't be stupid Cornelius, you can see Brian doesn't speak Pygmy, why don't you just speak English!

CORNELIUS

Oops! I'm sorry! Hi, I'm Chief Cornelius, leader of the Pygmy Islanders, and this is my wife Esmerelda and my beautiful daughter Meagan.

The Pygmy daughter Meagan has red hair.

BRIAN

Well Again, welcome to our happy camp. I'd like to show you and your wife around so you can see our beautiful facilities. Sturge can help your daughter Meagan get settled in. Why don't you two say good by to Meaghan and we'll leave her with Sturge.

Both Pygmy parents hug there daughter Meagan and tell her they love her.

CORNELIUS

Try to make some new friends, and try to practice your swimming.

DOT

Brush your teeth every night and comb your seaweed hair. Remember to use your sunscreen so your slime doesn't dry up! Mommy and Daddy love you! Take care of yourself and remember to write!

As Brian leads the couple toward the steps, Meagan runs across the stage and grabs her mothers hand.

MEAGAN

Mommy don't leave me here! I hate this place and I don't want to stay here! I just want to go home!

DOT

Honey Pygmy Bunny, you know we love you and wouldn't leave you here if we didn't think you'd have fun.

MEAGAN

I'll never have fun! I don't know anyone here! They''ll think I'm different! They'll make fun of me! They'll make fun of my green skin! They'll call me slimy and worst of all. They'll make fun of my red hair! I hate this place and I'm not staying! If you won't take me home I'll go back to the lake and swim home!

Meagan lets go of her mother and runs up the grassy hill towards Sunset point. Sturge runs after her. They disappear into the woods.

BRIAN

Well it looks like Meagan's a little upset. That's okay, Sturge will catch her. Sturge is a pretty smart girl most of the time, but sometimes I wish she was more like Steve. Your little Meagan is going to have a great time! Let me show you around.

Brian and the Pygmy parents leave.

Sturge is dragging Meagan by the hand back toward the stage. Sturge drags Meagan back up on the stage and they both sit down. Meagan is crying uncontrollably, and Sturge puts her arm around her.

STURGE

Don't cry Meagan, I know that you are scared, but I was scared the first time I came here too. And now I love it! The neat thing about Camp Fitch is that everyone is welcome here. We want you to stay and become a part of our camp family! Our staff and campers will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. Can you give us a chance?

Meagan looks up at Sturge.

MEAGAN

Hey you have red hair!

STURGE

If we look hard enough, we can find something we have in common with everyone!

MEAGAN

Okay, I'll give it a try as long as you promise to be my friend.

STURGE

I promise! Now how about if I show you your new ship and help you get moved in, then we'll come back and meet your cabent mates.

Sturge and Meagan stand up and walk off the stage towards Girls Camp. Matt and Kelly now are on stage.

KELLY

Wow she looks pretty scared! Maybe I should say something to her shipmates.

SCENE III: Meeting Meagan's shipmates

KELLY

Could we have ship number 73½ come up to the stage, please?

Staff members dressed as campers come to the stage. This part could be played by stayovers by period 2.

KELLY

What are some things we could do to help Meagan feel welcome and that she belongs at Camp Fitch?

CAMPER #1

We could get to know her.

KELLY

How would you do that?

CAMPER #1

We could ask her questions like what do you like? Or what's your favorite Pygmie TV show, or favorite Pygmy game or sport? Maybe we could ask her what kind of foods she likes.

CAMPER #2

Ya, except I hope she doesn't say humans!

All the campers laugh.

KELLY

We shouldn't tease her or criticize her. That's probably not going to make her feel welcome or a good way to make new friends.

CAMPER #3

We should ask her questions to find out what we have in common. I don't think it's a good idea to “hog all the talking, we should be willing to listen to what other people have to say.

CAMPER #4

I think it helps making someone feel welcome by learning their name. I always feel better when people know my name.

CAMPER #5

I think I'll ask her to go to some activities with me. That's the perfect way to make a new friend- spend time with them! I'll bet she likes to swim! I'll ask her to go swimming!

CAMPER #2

Ya, I think we should make sure she knows where all the activities are located, you know, show her where everything is.

KELLY

I think it's always best to remember the golden rule.

CAMPER #5

But I thought she was green.

KELLY

No, No, No, I mean the rule that says to treat other people the way that you would want to be treated. One way we do this is by sharing.

CAMPER #3

These ideas seem pretty good for Meagan, but do you think they'd work in Clipper Fleet?

KELLY

Of course I do, Everyone needs to feel welcome, and everyone needs friends. It doesn't matter how old you are. Every wants to feel welcome.

CAMPER #4

Yeah! Look at Steve, that old Boys' Camp Director. He doesn't have any friends, but I'm sure he wants some!

Sturge and Meagan arrive from the back of the circle and go up to the stage.

STURGE

Hi girls this is your new shipmate Meagan.

All the campers make a circle around Meagan and start asking her questions.

STURGE

Let's show Meagan around.

All the girls continue asking Meagan questions as they exit the stage and walk off towards Girl's Camp.

KELLY

In many ways, we are all like Meagan, we all have fears that people won't like us or accept us based on the way we look or based on our differences. At camp we want everyone one to feel welcome and we want to build friendships. One of the ways we'd like to help make friendships grow at camp is through what we call the Pygmy Island Fellowship. The Pygmy Island Fellowship is an honor society you can gain entry into at Camp Fitch this week. Here's how it works: You find one other camper in your age group that you did not know before coming to camp. It can be someone in your ship or fleet. Tell your Skipper the campers name, and then attend a least 5 activities with your new friend. Tell your Skipper every time you and your friend go to an activity together. You have to actually spend time with this person at the activity. All those new mates that complete the challenge will be inducted into the Pygmy Island Fellowship. Every pair of new mates who earn a place in the Fellowship will receive a Pygmy Island Fellowship Patch as a recognition of their achievement.

Brian, Sturge, the Pygmy family, Cabent 73 ½, Matt, Kelly,and the other Directors all come up to the stage.

BRIAN

I think this would be a great time for a song!

Directors sing Welcome to the Family

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