Boot Camp Buddies - Prayer

  • Cast Number: 6
  • Run-time: 7 minutes
  • Bible Reference: James 5:16

Third in a five part drama with a military boot camp theme, excellent for VBS.
Camp Follow-You is underway and everything had better be just right! . . Except that there is a new recruit named Chester Romeo Hunkalunk from Goose Feathers, Iowa who is, well, different.
In the first segment we find out how this . . group . . will show their love and support for each other. (John 13:35)
In the second segment we find the importance of trust. (Proverbs 3:5)
In this third segment we learn of the place, and the power, of prayer. (James 5:16)
In the fourth segment we find out the importance of obeying. (John 14:15)
In the final (fifth) segment the soldiers recap what they have learned.
Each segment has a “marching” song written to the theme.


Cast: 6 (could be male or female)
Hunkalunk, male recruit (a Gomer Pyle type person)
Adams, female recruit
Michaels, female, recruit
Sarge, male, blustery officer
Lieutenant, female, from headquarters
Captain, m or f, from headquarters

Sound: song “Follow Him” arranged and recorded by DramaShareDramaShare members will find this song file in “Script Songs” at the “TECHNICAL HELP” link.
NOTE that there are three music files from which to choose, the standard file which will work in most cases, a file with a longer introduction, and also a file “Marching Music” which can be used as interlude or background music.

Costumes: could be military uniforms for all except Hunkalunk

Props: chair

Sample of script:

Day 3 – James 5:16, pray
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Hunkalunk, Sarge, Lieutenant, Michaels and Adams come on stage, talking

Lieutenant: And we just got news that a Captain from headquarters is coming here today.

Hunkalunk: Ain’t that sweet that they are sendin’ us a Captain to visit!

Sarge: Well we all need to be on our best behaviour, dressed up nice and . . . (looks at Hunkalunk’s feet) . . . Hunkalunk how come you still aren’t wearing boots?

Hunkalunk: Hey back in Goose Feathers, Iowa we don’t hardly never wear shoes, unless when there’s maybe three feet of snow on the ground.

Sarge: Well this here is the army and everybody wears boots, understand? . . Now you go get them on before the Captain shows up, cause he will . . .

Captain comes on stage, all except Hunkalunk snap to attention, salute

Captain: As you were! Wait, you, (points to Hunkalunk), you have always been as you were! What gives with you soldier? Didn’t you see me come on the boot camp?

Hunkalunk: Oh for sure I saw you, but thing is I didn’t know your name, otherwise I for sure would have said hey.

Captain: You don’t need to know my name, you saw the uniform and my medals. . .

Hunkalunk moves to Captain, touches, breathes on medals, polishes them with Captains shirt

Hunkalunk: These medals are for sure awesome . . you ever need them polished you just yell and it’s done! Now then Cappie . .

Captain: Cappie? . . How dare you call me Cappie . .

Hunkalunk: Us guys at Camp Follow-You don’t hold on formality, (to others), do we guys?

all others look flustered, don’t speak

Captain: Well you listen to me Private . . .

Hunkalunk: Why for folks keep callin’ me private? I ain’t no secret service, (points to Michaels and Adams), these two fellas are the private guys, secret service.

Captain: I have no idea what you are talking about soldier! . .

Hunkalunk: Excuse me sir but . . . . . .

Captain: Recruit, did I ask you to speak?

Hunkalunk: No you didn’t sir, but that’s OK, I forgive you. See, we all make mistakes.

Captain: Mistakes? Look here, let’s get one thing straight. As your captain I do not, let me repeat, do not, make mistakes!

Hunkalunk, patronizing, arm around Captain: There, there! Of course you do, we all make mistakes. Anyhow, what I was about to say when you interrupted was . . . . .

Captain: Interrupted? You, just a recruit. . . . Now what’s your name?

Hunkalunk, proudly: Chester Romeo Hunkalunk from Goose Feathers, Iowa, sir, thanks for askin’.

Captain, feigned respect: Soldier Hunkalunk! May I call you soldier? . . .

Hunkalunk: No, sir, I would be grateful if you call me by the name my momma gave me. Chester Romeo. . . . Did you know that my name is a combination of the names of my two great-granddaddies on my daddy’s side of the family and that . . .

Captain: That is quite enough soldier! Judging by the looks of you . . no shoes, hair a mess . . I’m not sure how you have a prayer of becoming a soldier, . . .

Hunkalunk: Oh, don’t you go worryin’ on that account sir, I know all about prayin’. My daddy, he’s the senior pastor at Light of the Mornin’ Dew Church in Goose Feathers, Iowa. My daddy teaches every person who walks through the door at Light of the Mornin’ Dew Church to learn to pray real good. So don’t you be worryin’ about teachin’ me about prayer,. . . but . . . maybe we outta spend extra time on these folks, (looks at Michaels and Adams, lowers voice as an aside), likely private secret service fellas don’t get time to do much prayin’.

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