Camp Songs

Have a favorite camp song you want to share?
E-mail suggestions to: kilowan.blog (at) gmail.com
Thanks! -Larken

Graces

Johnny Appleseed

Night Songs

A Gift
Beetle’s Song
Dona
Five Hundred Miles
Kilowan
Moon on the Meadow
Odin
On My Honor
On the Loose
Processional
Recessional
Spider’s Web
Today
Voyager
Witchi Tai Tai

Day Songs

Bear in Tennis Shoes
Cookies
Friday Morn
Jell-O Song
Mountain Dew
Riggety Jig
Skeeters and the Bedbugs
Way Up in the Sky

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30 responses to “Camp Songs

  1. Finnigan

    I have a little present here for you inside this tiny bottle ,so very small and blue.
    please do not uncork it or everyting will get away.
    I thought you might like your own summer’s day
    to put it on away.

    I’d be pleased if you didn’t ask why I gave this gift to you.
    Don’t know myself , did it on a whim, as the thought came runnin’ through.
    Thought it might make you happy in a summertime sort of way .
    And I thought you might like your own summer’s day ,
    to put it on away.

    Now, can you read the writing on this tiny bottle wall?
    I knwo it’s quite small but I can read it all.
    It says… she who is a readin’ me and lookin’ at my side, might be interested at what lies inside.
    it holds one breath of a butterfly, and
    one ray from the sun, and
    lots ‘n’ lots of laughter from little children’s fun.
    So- don’t you dare uncork me
    or everything will get away.
    I’d like to hold on to my own summer’s day
    ……………to put it on away………

  2. Iggy

    I was just surfing the internet and came across this page. I am glad some are trying to keep the memories alive. This time of year is especially piercing as we head into summer. I work at a school and on an over night trip I got to sing some of the old songs to the girls I work with. I look back on my years at camp as some of the best times of my child and young adulthood. I will work on remembering songs. By the way Finnigan, you were my counselor years ago.

  3. Marnie McCarthy

    What happend to the song’s we use to sing on the last night when we would light up “the ferry barges” and send them off into the lake….I think there are some song’s that are still missing.(??)

  4. Tricia Burton

    Ah, I remember it like yesterday- little pieces of wood all decorated with moss and candles then floating them off into the canoe lake. So pretty.

    Barges

    Out of my window looking in the night
    I can see the barges flickering light
    silently flows the water to the stream
    and the barges too go silently

    Barges I would like to go with you
    I would like to sail the ocean blue
    Barges have you treasures in your hull
    do you fight with pirates brave and bold

    Enjoy! (This was my favorite camp song)

    • Danelle LeGault

      There was more than that… (corrections in caps)

      Chorus:
      Barges, I would like to go with you,
      I would like to sail the ocean blue.
      Barges, have you treasures in your HOLD?
      Do you fight with pirates brave and bold?

      Out of my window looking in the night,
      I can see the barges flickering light.
      Silently flows the water to the SEA
      and the barges too go silently.

      Chorus

      Out of my window looking in the night,
      I can see the barges flickering light.
      Starboard shines green and port is glowing red,
      I can see their signals far ahead.

      Chorus

      How my heart longs to sail away with you,
      I would like to sail the ocean blue.
      But I must stay beside my window drear,
      as I watch you sail away from here.

      Chorus

      • Monica Matthews

        One of our teachers at Outdoor School in the 1970’s, told us this song was written by a child who was in a Hospital and would watch the ships from his window. Don’t know if that’s… but it made for a good story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Serrina

    Oh I loved the songs we sang at camp. My favorite all time song was the bear one where we sang in teams, like pete and repete.

    The other day
    I met a bear
    A great big bear
    Away out there! (both groups repeat)

    He looked at me
    I looked at him
    He sized up me
    I sized up him! (repeat)

    He said to me
    “Why don’t you run?
    I see you ain’t
    Got any gun!” (repeat)

    And so I ran
    Away from there
    But right behind
    Me was that bear! (repeat)

    Ahead of me
    There was a tree
    A great big tree
    Oh, glory be! (repeat)

    The nearest branch
    Was ten feet up
    I’d have to jump
    And trust my luck! (repeat)

    And so I jumped
    Into the air
    But I missed that branch
    Away up there! (repeat)

    Now don’t you fret
    Now don’t you frown
    ‘Cause I caught that branch
    On the way back down! (repeat)

    That is the end
    There ain’t no more
    Unless I meet
    That bear once more! (repeat)

    And so I met
    That bear once more
    Now he’s a rug
    On my bedroom floor! (repeat)

  6. Fozzie

    The second and third verses to “Barges” (as I recall them):

    Out of my window, looking in the night
    I can see the barges flickering light
    Starboard shines green and port is glowing red
    I can see the signals far ahead

    (Chorus)

    How my heart longs to sail away with you
    I would like to sail the ocean blue
    But I must stay beside my window drear
    as I watch you sail away from here

    (Chorus)

  7. Deanna Dickerson

    I remember this one Tiger taught it to us I love this one…
    Little ducky duddle
    Was swimming in a puddle a puddle a puddle
    Quite Small
    He said it doesn’t really matter
    How much I splash and splatter
    I’m only a ducky
    Thats all!

  8. Colleen (Braddy) Showalter

    Thanks for keeping camp alive. I still sing the songs to my children and tell them the legends and stories from my 10 years as a camper. I will always hold those years close to my heart.

  9. Colleen (Braddy) Showalter

    3 Chartreuse Buzzards?

    Anyone remember all the words to the song? Use to love it but can’t recall all the verses.

  10. Jerri Peek Shine

    Serrina, Thanks so much for the words to the Bear Song!!! I remember that very well!!!! Brings back many memories!

  11. I’m a little pile of tin, nobady knows what shape I’m in. Got four wheels and a runnin’ board, I’m no Chevy, I’m no Ford. Honk, honk, Rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep, Honk, honk, Rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep, Honk, honk, Rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep,

  12. Danelle LeGault

    Here’s a fun shortie, it’s a round:

    Wasn’t it a bit of luck
    That I was born a baby duck
    With yellow socks and yellow shoes
    That I may go wherever I choose

    Quack, quack, quack-quack quack!

  13. Danelle LeGault

    This one’s a night song, also a round:

    Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose
    Will I ever see thee wed?
    I will marry at thy will, Sire,
    At thy will

    America, America
    How can I tell you how I feel?
    You have given me all your treasures
    I love you still

    Hey, ho, nobody home
    Eat, nor drink, nor money have I none
    Still I will be happy
    Hey, ho nobody home

    Descant:
    White dove fly
    Spread your wings
    With unity and brotherhood
    For all Mankind

  14. Danelle LeGault

    Fun song, great for when you’re sitting around in Teal Lodge,

    Chorus:
    The window, the window,
    The second story window,
    With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw,
    We threw it out the window.

    (Pick a Mother Goose rhyme)
    Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
    And a merry old soul was he.
    He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl
    and he (end of rhyme) threw it out the window!

    Chorus

    (Competing table has to pick a different rhyme)
    Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
    How does your garden grow?
    With silver bells and cockleshells,
    she (end of rhyme) threw them out the window!

    Chorus

    (Game continues until you run out of rhymes!)

  15. Danelle LeGault

    The Humpty Dumpty song works the same as the Window song, but different melody, different chorus:

    Chorus:
    Humpty Dump, Hump Humpty Dumpty Dumpty
    Humpty Dump, Hump Humpty Dumpty Dumpty

    (Always start with the Humpty Dumpty rhyme)
    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
    Humpty Dumpty had a big fall
    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men (end of rhyme)
    Said, “Whoop, ain’t that funky now!”

    Chorus

    (Yeah, I’m copying and pasting now, this is a lot of typing!)
    Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
    And a merry old soul was he.
    He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl (end of rhyme)
    And said, “Whoop, ain’t that funky now!”

    Chorus
    (The chorus is rather slow and repetitive, but trust me, you will NEED that time to think of a new rhyme! Also note, the rhyme is spoken, not sung; only the chorus is “musical.”)

  16. A Ram Sam Sam, Goin’ on a Lion Hunt, and Tennessee Wiggle Walk were three of my favorites!

  17. Ohhhhhh….aaaaaa….Swiss boy went yodeling on a mountain so high,
    When along came an avalanche (grizzly bear, Saint Bernard, Jersey cow, Swiss Miss, her father) interrupting his cry.

    Ohhhhhh, lay, oh, ola-raka-ki, ola-raka-ku, swish (grr, arf arf, squirt squirt, kiss kiss, bang bang)

  18. Hawkeye

    Hi. I’m trying to find the action song…something with “oh la oh la oooh la pakeeya”. I’m sorry that is all I could remember.

  19. Cheryl (Scout)

    Hawkeye, is it this one?
    There are Suitors at My Door
    Oh, a laya pakiya,
    Six or eight or even more
    Oh, a laya pakiya,
    And my father wants me wed
    Oh, a laya pakiya,
    Or at least that’s what he said
    Oh, a laya pakiya,

  20. Laurie Benson Sheppard

    here’s one… A boy and a girl in a little canoe!
    And, Flea, flea fly, flea fly flow…
    I was a kitchen aide I ever year. dIll

  21. Maureen Gallagher

    Sing me a rainbow
    paint me a dream
    show me a world that I’ve never seen
    whisper a sunset and when you do
    you’ll know how I feel

    Yess you’ll know how I feel when I’m with you.
    you brought something special to a life that was so plain….

    ๐Ÿ™‚ my memory fades there.

  22. David Olson.

    Down on the banks of the hanky tanky.

    Down on the banks of the hanky-tanky
    where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
    With an eep ip oop op they leap off their Lily’s with an Omm flop.
    (Does any one else remember more verses?)
    Dave

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