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JACK IS LIT CAMPFIRE GAME

THE END OF A STICK OR TWIG IS PUT IN THE FIRE.
IT IS KEPT IN UNTIL THE TIP GLOWS RED. EACH MEMBER
SITTING IN THE CIRCLE BLOWS ON IT AND PASSES IT ON.
THE PERSON LEFT HOLDING THE BURNED OUT EMBER MUST
STAND ANS SING A SONG OR TELL A JOKE ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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CAMPFIRE GAME.

EACH MEMBER SITTING IN A CIRCLE TAKES A NUMBER.
THEN IN UNISON EACH HITS HIS THIGHS WITH BOTH HANDS AND
THEN CLAPS TWICE. ONCE EVERYONE IS IN TIME
SOMEONE CALLS OUT HIS NUMBER WHILE HITTING HIS
THIGHS AND THEN CALLS SOMEONE ELSES WHILE CLAPPING HIS HANDS.
ON THE NEXT THIGH CLAP THE PERSON WHOSE NUMBER WAS CALLED
REPEATS THE PROCESS USING SOMEBODY ELSES NUMBER.
ANYONE MISSING A BEAT IS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory

Date learned: CA05171973

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MARCO POLO-WATER GAME

ONE PERSON STANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER
WITH HIS EYES CLOSED. HE YELLS MARCO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS
YELL POLO. HE MUST THEN, BY THE SOUND OF THEIR
VOICES, TOUCH ONE OTHER PLAYER WHO THEN BECOMES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: CA05171973

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