You will need
Before you begin
- Make sure you have enough helpers for each group to have one each. Helpers could include older young people and parents and carers—they just need to be confident at reading a script.
- Everyone should sit in a circle. People should take it in turns to share examples of stories they’ve read or heard.
- Stories have a meaning and a purpose. Everyone should think about the meaning and purpose of the stories they chose—do they make us laugh, do they make us feel other feelings, or do they teach us lessons about life?
- The person leading the activity should explain that a ‘fable’ is a type of short story. The characters are often animals, and the story teaches people a lesson about right and wrong—the lesson is often called the ‘moral’ of the story.
- Everyone should choose the version of the Promise that’s right for them, and then everyone should say their Promise out loud at the same time. It doesn’t matter if different versions overlap.
Practise the fables
- Split into four groups, with a helper for each group. Each group should find their own space.
- The person leading the game should give each group a fable.
- The helper should read out the fable, and help their group talk about its meaning. What could the moral of the story be? Which part of the Beaver Scout Promise does it link to?
- Everyone should work together to decide who will play who. Everyone should have a role or everyone should vote (or let the helper decide) if more than one person wants a role.
- The helper should read out the story, and the group should act it out. If a group wants to use their imagination to change the story or create their own fable, that’s fine too. It’s up to each person whether they want to mime or speak, but they shouldn’t use any props or scenery.
- Each group should practise a few times.
- Everyone should sit together so they can see an empty space at the front.
- The first group should move into the empty space and act out their story. Everyone else should watch, and clap at the end.
- At the end, everyone else should try to guess the moral of the first group’s story. The first group (and their helper) should give hints if people need them.
This activity helped you to respect others. Each group might want to remind everyone what their fable was about, and how it linked to the Beaver Scout Promise. Do you think respecting others is part of the Beaver Scout Promise? How can you show you respect other people? Do you know any other stories (books, films, plays, or musicals) where people learned to respect others? Do you have an example of when you kept your Promise or respected others?
This activity was also a chance to build friendships. How did the different friends treat each other in the stories? How do you think it made the characters feel? Did this activity give you a chance to make friends with other people?