Ghost Stories

Short Stories

Scary ghost stories around a campfire are the traditional ending to a day at camp. Whether at a scout's first Webelos camp or a seasoned Boy Scout's high adventure, short stories told to the rest of the gang give a boy a chance to be the leader for a few minutes. Choosing an appropriate story can be a challenge - especially those about a scary ghost or horror. Remember that if somene is too scared to sleep, it will effect everyone the next day. It might be better to keep the stories funny or at least end with a couple of light-hearted tales.
Good luck finding a short story here to make your campfires and meetings great. We hope you enjoy our favorites - as humorous or scary as they may be.


Alphabet ImaginationAnishinabe and the RavensBallad of Johnny O'Dell
Barnabas and SebastianBatBattle of the Snakes
Bear BellsBears' LodgeBirch Tree's Bark
Blind Men and RaccoonBloody FingerBloody Finger
Boy and the RattleSnakeBremen Town MusiciansBricklayers Accident Report
Bronze RatCar WreckChief Red Jacket
Coyote and Another OneCoyote Angers RockCremation of Sam McGee
Cricket and CougarDark SuckersEagle and Red Tail Hawk
Falcon and the DuckFalling RockField Mouse and Buffalo
Finger Rock Trail GhostFire TailFirst Dog
First FluteFirst MocassinsFlesh-eating Rabid Zombie Chipmunks
Four Magic ArrowheadsFox and the BoasterGhost of Able Fable
Ghost with One Black EyeGirl Who Climbed to the SkyGloop Maker
Glooskap Finds SummerGrandmother Spider Steals LightHitch Hiking Ghost
Horrible PirateHow 10,000 Lakes Were MadeHow Bear Lost His Tail
How Bluebird and Coyote Got Their ColorsHow Chipmunk Got His StripesHow Coyote Got His Cunning
How Coyote Stole FireHow Devil's Tower Was MadeHow Mosquitoes Came To Be
How Rabbit Lost His TailHow Redbird Got His ColorHow the People Got Arrowheads
How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Got in the SkyHow Turtle's Shell Got CrackedI Like Monkeys
Invisible OneJob at the ZooLights on the Mountain
Lost ScoutMissing BoyNail in the Attic
Norman the GeniusOld Growler - The Secret of the BearOrigin of Cedar Tree
Origin of CornOrigin of FireOrigin of Medicine
Origin of Summer and WinterOrigin of the PleiadesOrigin of the Webelos Tribe
Phone Call From the GravePhysics of Santa and His ReindeerPink Jellybean
Poor GusPurple GorillaRabbit and the Thief
Rabbit Brings Fire to the PeopleRabbit Fools FoxRabbit Fools Wolf
Rabbit Shoots the SunRace With BuffaloRed Sloppity Lips
Scouts on Goblin HillSeagulls DaylightShaggy Dog
Short Scary Story with a Funny EndingSkeleton LadySkunk Outwits Coyote
Some Special PigStone SoupTale of Six Boys - Flag Raising on Mt. Suribachi
The Christmas ScoutThe CoffinThe Crane and the Frogs
The Emerald RingThe Med and SinThe Medic Men
The MedicrinThe Most Popular ManTurtle Races Bear
Two Traveling AngelsUp a PaddleVinder Viper
White Deer Named Virginia DareWhy Cats Land on Their FeetWhy Crow Is Black
Why Opossum's Tail is BareWhy the North Star Stands StillWisest Indian
Witch in the TowerWolf and DogWrapping Paper
Scouts on an Indian Grave  

The telling of a humorous short story can help a group of scouts relax before bed. A good way to bond a scout patrol is to ask the patrol members to come up with a couple of short stories for the next campout. They may even have one or two patrol favorites which they can tell to new scouts on their first campouts with the troop. Most of the stories here are not about ghosts or horrors so you should be able to find a few for scouts of any age.

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