Evening Program - Indoor

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The objectives of indoor evening program are for students to:

  • Have an opportunity to engage across boundaries and see past their biases as they connect with theirs and others' humanities.
  • Participate in the shared experience through stories, song, and skits.
  • Make connections to vocabulary, themes, and concepts learned through the day and week
  • Engage in socio-emotional learning

The objectives of indoor evening program are for instructors to:

  • set the context for ways that we will be in community
  • Set norms for the evening program that night and at Wednesday Campfire
  • Practice the pedagogy of teaching songs, stories, and skits
  • Roll out the evening program
  • Be vulnerable and model being human

Activities to accomplish this include storytelling, skits, and songs.  Check out this list of Evening Program Actsat various energy levels.



Variable, depends on activity. The Indoor Evening Program component of your SOP week ends between 8:05-8:10pm.  It should end before the outdoor evening program so that there are chaperones in all the lodges when the outdoor evening groups arrive.  



Welcome to your Instructor-led  evening program! We are so lucky to be able to share this space with you, and some of our favorite skits, songs and stories. We'd like to direct your attention to the space you are in right now, which is meant to represent a traditional longhouse, with a statue that represents the symbol for welcoming members of this community.  On the statue, you will notice a cedar dress and there are cedar mats hanging behind the stage; Cedar is often referred to as the tree of life because it could support us in so many ways from clothes to mats to baskets.  You'll notice there are baskets here in the case which were used for gathering everything from water to food, and on each basket is a design that tells a story.  This is an example of stories and culture woven into our daily lives.  On the wooden columns around you, there are symbols of frogs, mountains, baskets, and salmon.  Each symbol represents a story. For example, the frog design marks the beginning of winter when the frog stops singing and the end of winter when it begins again.  

People often gather in longhouses around a campfire. People have been sitting around campfires for centuries. It is one of many ways humans have come together as a community to cook food, tell stories, sing songs, and share culture. On Wednesday night, it will be your turn to share your favorite skits, songs, stories or culture with everybody. We hope our performances will inspire you to share with us at the Community Campfire.  

Tonight, you are an audience member, which means you have an important role!  You may even be able to come up to the stage and participate with us! We hope you'll laugh when our jokes are funny, clap for us, and encourage us with applause and respectful behavior. In case you are currently sitting next to someone that you think might prevent you from being the best audience member you can be, you now have the opportunity to move to a better spot so we can all enjoy tonight's campfire.  

Up first we have....



Indoor Evening Program Leader Expectations

  • On Monday morning, put up a sign-up list for evening program on the white board
  • Be the point person after SOP day for filling any additional spots
  • Bring the indoor evening program binder to the Great Hall and return it to the liaison land each night
  • Arrange the program to reflect more boisterous acts toward the beginning, and calmer acts toward the end.
  • After dinner (during clean-up/WADE), gather instructor helpers for set-up
  • At Great Hall, set-up cushions, chairs, lighting, etc. before student arrival
  • As students/adults enter, facilitate the settling in process
  • After students have entered, begin the program, including the expectations of the audience – set the tone for the program.
  • Announce the act/instructor(s) before they perform
  • Cut/add acts as necessary for time
  • After the last act, close the show and do lodge-by-lodge dismissal 
  • After students have departed, return cushions, chairs, and do a quick tidy of the Great Hall space, return to room neutral.
  • If there is a guest artist or Artist in Residence contributing to the evening program, the Arts Coordinator will communicate this with you in advance.  You will be responsible for integrating the guest’s acts into the flow of the program as well as introducing them to the students and thanking them at the end of the program. 

Indoor Evening Program Participating Instructor Expectations

  • Sign up for an act (story, song, skit) on the sign-up sheet before dinner.
  • Gather needed lyrics, props, costumes and bring to dinner
  • Assist students/adults settling in during entry
  • Do act(s)
  • Participate in others’ acts – singing, clapping, modeling listening
  • At closing, assist in dismissing students by lodge
  • Return cushions, chairs, and do a quick tidy of the Great Hall space, return to room neutral

Audience Expectations

  • Bodies sitting up, ready to listen and participate.
  • Sit next to people that will help you participate and pay attention
  • Participate in the acts that are singing, dancing, clapping, etc.
  • Raise hands to share ideas.
  • Silence cell-phones, if you need to text/call, head outside (doors in the back).
  • Voices off during stories, so that everyone can hear the storyteller.



Energy should rise to a crest and then slowly taper off so that the energy level is high at the beginning and low at dismissal.  

  1. Welcome, introductions, expectations (see above)
  2. 2-3 High Energy Routines
  3. 2-3 Medium Energy Routines
  4. 2 Low Energy Routines
  5. Dismissal Routine
Example Flow
  1. Welcome, introductions, expectations (see above)
  2. Five Tree Song (High Energy)
  3. Bird of Prey Shuffle (High Energy)
  4. Mad Libs (Medium Interactive Energy)
  5. Day in the Life (Medium Energy)
  6. Doug Fir Skit (Medium Interactive Energy)
  7. Rain Storm (Low Energy)
  8. Story of the Trees (Low Energy Story)
  9. When I Rise Dismissal (Low Energy)

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