Stories compiled by Rick Clements
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Compiled by Rick Clements
This is a collection of stories that I have found. I found many of them on Scouting related discussions on
different computer networks. I have used some of them at campfires and as part of Cub Scout ceremonies. -
WHY THE CHIPMUNK HAS BLACK STRIPES
Once upon a time, long ago, the animals had tribes and chiefs just like the people. Porcupine was the head
chief of all the tribes because nothing could ever get near enough to hurt him.
One night, Porcupine sent out word calling all the animals together for a great council of the tribes. He had a
very important matter for them to consider, he said. From far and wide, from treetops and holes in the ground, the
animals came hurrying in answer to their chieftain's summons.
They built a great blazing council fire in the forest and seated themselves around in a big ring. Then
Porcupine stood up to address them. His quills quivered and gleamed in the firelight, and for a minute or two, he
did not speak. He looked very much worried indeed.
"I cannot decide," he said, finally. "I cannot decide whether or we shall have night or daylight all the time."
Well, that started a great commotion. Everyone had something different to say. Some wanted it daytime
always and some wanted it night. They all talked at once, and they all talked very loud
so you could not hear what any of them were saying, except Bear. He rocked to and fro on his hind legs,
trying to drown out the others by rumbling in a big deep voice, "Always night! Always night! Always night!"
A little chipmunk who had been sitting on the outskirts of the council became annoyed. Chipmunks hate to sit
still for any time. "You can talk all you like," he shrilled out in his tiny squeaky voice. "You can talk all you like, but
the light will come whether you want it or not. The light will come."
The other animals did not pay any attention to him but went on bawling and roaring and growling until they