How To Tell Campfire Stories
One of the things that is linked with a campfire is storytelling. Everyone loves a good story and they always sound much better when you are relaxing around the fire after a long day of playing, you’ve finished your campfire meal and eaten your s’mores. It is a great tradition and it is probably something you can’t get too much of. I think the more storytellers there are, the better it is. Storytellers and stories are always welcome. Fortunately learning to tell them is not that hard.
So here are some tips on how to tell campfire stories:
Know Your Audience – this is important to help you know what type of story they will enjoy and is appropriate to them. If you want to tell a scary story based on an urban legend you need to consider the age of your listeners. If it is too scary you might not get to sleep as the kids may be up all night too scared to sleep. Your job will be telling them not to be worried.
Choosing Your Story – there a lots of different stories to choose from and they don’t necessarily have to scary or outdoors related. There are a lot of camping stories you can find on the internet you can use from scary to those with a moral and much more pleasant.
You can always look to tell a story about an interesting occurrence that happened in the past near where you are or something from your family line’s past that could be embellished for effect. One of our favorite stories past down by dad is based on the fact that we have a pirate in our family line called Captain Flint (which is the true part, I think), it is also the name of the pirate who has hidden the treasure that they go searching for in Treasure Island
Creative – If you have chosen a story from the internet, if you want you can tailor the story for the circumstances or the people that are there. It does make them more effective especially if people have heard the story before, but it isn’t necessary it seems to me that people enjoy hearing these types of stories more than once.
Breaking The Story Down – break the story down into parts or highlights that you can remember them. You want to memorize the ideas of the story to tell the story around, otherwise it will come out all stilted and you are likely to be more focused on remembering the story rather than delivering it.
Practice, Practice, Practice – The first story you tell is likely to seem the hardest. You can help this by telling it out loud to a mirror or some stuffed toys if you are likely to be nervous. Even if you are not the nervous type practicing can help you with the delivery to where to put the emphasis, when to slow down, speed up or whisper.
Delivery – if you are nervous remember to take some deep breaths to help with the butterflies. Telling it to your family shouldn’t be that bad anyway. Tell a short story and when you are down you’ll likely be surprised about how easy it was and how well it went
Remember you can get started with a campfire story you have found on the internet, by breaking it down into its parts and practicing it beforehand. And they don’t have to be that long, scary or funny, but they do need to be interesting to those sitting around the campfire.