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Campfire stories are a great activity to bring your group together. Here are a few pointers on how to keep your listeners on their toes:

  • Start with something real. For instance, set your story in the place where you are. Mention some things you've seen or heard nearby. This will keep your audience guessing about whether your tale is true or not.
  • Use a dramatic voice. Talk slowly and clearly. For a spooky tale, use pauses to build the suspense.
  • Before you start, have the ending in mind. You can add details along the way, but it's best to know where you're headed.
  • What if you don't have a story idea in mind? Start a group story instead. Go around the circle and have everyone add a line or two. The results will be ridiculous - and very funny. Have a wild time! And don't forget to bring all the ingredients for the s'mores!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge-
"Reading Under the Stars" Book List:

Reading Under the Stars Booklist

2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Booklist


Download these campfire stories for your Campout!

The Curse of the Australian Gold

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The Vampire of Croglin Grange

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Stories from the book Campfire Stories, 2nd, by William W. Forgey; Illustrated by Paul G. Hoffman. Copyright © 2011 by William W. Forgey. Used by permission of FalconGuides, a division of Globe Pequot Press. Visit

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