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Best Camping Songs
So you've just had a long day of family reunioning. Everyone has finished eating and you just washed the last pot (you did help with the dishes, didn't you???). The sun is down, and everyone is gathered around the campfire. Uncle Bob has just told a couple of stories about your dad that you didn't know about. You didn't know he was such a renegade when he was a kid, did you?
Cousin Steve is softly plucking away at his guitar. Someone suggests a campfire songfest. What a good idea! The only problem is, cousin Steve can only play "Louie, Louie" and "Stairway to Heaven." No problem, just sing without the guitar.
Alright, who's in charge here anyway?
Uncle Bob suggests his favorite Doobie Brothers song. Unfortunately, he's the only one who knows it.
So, now what?
This is the point where a lot of campfire singalongs die. Just a little preparation can help avoid the death of singing camp fire songs.
In a nutshell, the best camping songs to sing in a group are fun songs or silly songs that people already know or, songs that can be learned easily. So trying to sing long songs like, "El Paso", "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" or all the verses of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" is probably not a good idea.
If you feel the need to sing a song that is quite long, then print the words off for participants to read. You may be having a church oriented campfire where a certain camp song would really add to the program. But remember; if it's nighttime, it's dark! So if you hand out the words to a song, participants need to have flashlights, or, they need to be close enough to the fire that the light can help them see the words.
If you have a lot of young children, movement songs are great. A couple of fun camp songs that come to mind are:
In the Great American Campfire Songbook, there are several camp songs that are great for young children involving movement. There are also some great campfire songs that people may not know, but are easy to
learn. Two that come to mind are:
Some of the songs that
we do around our family campfires include the following:
the key is to:
Of course, the best camping songs are in The Great American Campfire Songbook.
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