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of the best ways to get people involved in singing around a campfire is
to sing silly songs. The ones who will join in, get involved and sing
the loudest are: you guessed it; young children! Especially those of cub scout age. Who
doesn't love to listen to the laughter of children? If you can get kids
laughing, and having a good time, it won't be long before just about
everyone is having fun.
you get the group singing silly camp songs, they won't want to stop. At
least the kids won't. I like to do a good mix of silly songs along with
traditional campfire songs, songs that involve movement and one or two
of the quieter, not so rowdy campfire songs. Of course, you can do it
however you want. Every campfire is different. Sometimes, it lends
itself to lively singing, and sometimes to quieter, more subdued
singing. You just need to get a feel of what will be best for the group
you are with.
are some of my favorite silly songs;
This is one of those songs that most people already know. If they
don't, it is one of the easiest to learn. This is fun when you get to
the end. Each time you repeat it you sing louder than the time before:
John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt la da de da da da da!
Sung to the tune of "Clementine", this is one of those songs that could
repeat over and over. If you start singing this with your kids in the
car, you better put a time limit on it because it could drive you
crazy! As you sing this camping song, you can come up with your own
actions to fit the words.
If your group likes songs about eating worms, this song fits the bill.
Before you sing this song, you might want to go out and buy some gummy
worms to pass around. The group could eat their gummy worms while they
sing this song.
Your Ears Hang Low:
This is sung to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw". Here are the actions:
Do your ears hang low (put hands behind ears to look like you have big
do they wobble too and fro (sway your fingers)
Can you tie 'em in a knot (draw a knot in the air)
Can you tie 'em in a bow (draw a bow in the air)
Can you throw 'em o'er your shoulder (act like your throwing a bag over
Like a continental soldier (salute)
Do your ears hang low (same as above)
Like Bananas, Coconuts and Grapes:
This one sounds silly as you do each verse. The first verse is sung
normal. In each verse after that, replace all the vowels with an 'a' or
'e' or one of the other vowels. I have gone into more detail in The
Great American Campfire Songbook how to sing this song. It is lots of
This is fun to sing faster and faster each time you sing it. It's hard
to get all the syllables in without stumbling over your tongue!
This is a favorite at girl's
camp. It is especially fun if you sing the
end faster each time you get there. You'll feel like Jerry Lewis when
he said, "My tongue got in front of my eyetooth and I couldn't see what
I was sayin'." This song has four verses, but dont let that scare you
off. Once you learn the first verse, the following verses are easy to
learn. They are very similar to the first verse.
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