ACS(I) Gangshow just passed, and sorry to say I’m losing my interest in campfires/ gangshows (not to say the ACS(I) Gangshow sucked or anything, I think it was rather well done). Let me tell you why.

1. Purpose of campfire

One basic purpose for campfires is entertainment. To say the truth, I’ve never really been entertained much by any campfire, only perhaps by actions that we do within the troop. This is because I rarely feel in sync with the performances/ games which they organised. While its supposed to “destress”, I never feel “destressed”, and I might even describe myself as “distressed”, as sometimes I have to think of what to do after each performance/game instead of just sitting down and enjoying it.

The fact is, I don’t appreciate the method they use to make people laugh. Just like I never really enjoyed the Assembly performance for PCME last Thursday (although I liked the part where they got the serious message across at the end), I don’t see why trivialising various parts of our lives and making it seem all so childish and lame would be very funny. To me, something that IS funny is creative and original, for example stuff like Zerg used to describe soccer (or the style that we play with). Something that isn’t funny is to me lame. It’s the same rhetoric which I see some FIT instructors use (for example creating totally unoriginal or insulting/disgusting songs and cheers). And sad to say it doesn’t make me laugh at all. It doesn’t even reflect much intellect: Stuff like lame rhyming in songs, childish games and leading cheers can be done by almost anyone. Things which are funny to me include maybe something which draws strange links between two unrelated objects (giving an egoistic personal example of niao-ing Ming Wei about his 5 kg rice by saying “Hey we feel quite hungry now, let’s go Adam Road. Heard there’s a store there which is quite good, it’s called 5 kg rice”, continuing this link to make it even funnier (for example Guan Hui continuing “You can ask the auntie to jia fan”) or phrases/songs which actually have the element of CREATIVITY in them. Something like Whose Line Is It Anyway or the various Chinese variety shows.

2. What we do at campfire

Cheer, cheer, and more cheers. That isn’t bad, but I don’t see a use for it. I used to enjoy it because I loved to see how the bonds between the scouts in the troop were formed, but now since its forged and tested, I don’t see why we should spend so much effort just to get a “Best Supporting Award”. Especially if we decide to “stone” during the campfire, I will find it rather useless. I like the friendship and brotherhood within the troop, and how it can survive challenge, but I don’t feel a need for us to exhibit it, purely because we excel in many ways.

3. People at campfire

Unfriendliness. People like to keep to their troop, jeer other troops and cheer for their troop. I understand the underlying patriotism, but is there really a need to bring others down in your joy? I can’t believe how some of the SMSS guides actually laughed when we were doing our cheer, I’m sure they wouldn’t appreciate it if we did for their own. It’s also a sorry sight to see people who go up stage and make a fool out of themselves (and subsequently “throw the face” of Scouts). Some who screw up and still gloat over it or others who obviously don’t show respect to others and yet act as if they deserve all the respect in the world. People who harm the reputation of Scouts; walking out of a theatre with shirt obviously untucked, not wearing a scarf upstage. Come on, even in a relaxed atmosphere, a basic expectation is to wear the uniform with pride? These people spoil the entire image of dignified Scouts with what they do (and I can imagine them bringing these practices out to the public).

What I don’t understand the most is why the heck these people are laughing over cliche and trivial jokes, which probably only made me laugh in my Primary School days. Giving an example, the tactic “rewind” during a play (i.e. perhaps the director steps up and says stop, then they rewind) is probably overused, but I see so many people laughing at it. Lame and nonsensical rhymes occur too often, and people actually find it humorous. Thus I’m questioning: where is the real sense of humour in everyone?

One for all. All for one. Venturez ’06

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