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Ideas for stories around campfire

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Do you guys have any suggestions for folkloric stories to share as a "cooldown" during a nice campfire? I'm looking for something with Native American or Norse roots, something with a solemn mood. Share what works in your troops!

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The Story of Two Wolves is short and direct, good for closing a campfire and reinforcing the Scout Oath and Law.

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When I was a mere Tiger Den Leader, I took OWL training, and one of the presenters was a 90 year old Scouter and he explained the importance of a good campfire story.  Then he proceeded to recite "The Cremation of Sam McGee" from memory.  While I found the prose to far over the heads of a group of Tigers, I think that poem's mix of an outdoor tale, humor, and the macabre is perfect for older Scouts.

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