Tag Archives: Camp Songs

Banjo

Banjo

This song is sung with a southern twang, and during the banjo parts, play a banjo sound. It’s a fun song for kids.

I like to play my old banjo
And place it on my knee
But now the strings are all broken,
and It’s no good to me.
I took it to the music shop
To see what they could do.
And now my strings are good as new and I can play for you!

Tomba Tomba

Tomba Tomba

This is a fun song, though you have to listen to the song to get the rhythm going.

Tomba Tomba (repeat)
A riki tiki tomba (repeat)
A moosa moosa moosa (repeat)
Wayla wayla wayla wayla (repeat)

Repeat the first three lines louder and louder each time, but do the “Wayla” do it very softly

On the final time, sing the first part soft and the “Wayla” loud.

Unfortunately, I don’t know where you might find this song, but as soon as I find it, I’ll update this!

Moonshadow

Moonshadow

Yes, the song Moonshadow was made famous by Cat Stevens, though I learned this song at camp long before I knew anything about Cat Stevens.  We sang it frequently by the fire as some of the last songs of the evening to wind down before bed.

(Chorus) I’m being followed by a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Leaping and hopping on a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow

And if I ever lose my hands
Lose my plough, lose my land
Oh, if I ever lose my hands
Oh, well…
I won’t have to work no more

And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colors all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Oh well …
I won’t have to cry no more.

Chorus

And if I ever lose my legs
I won’t moan and I won’t beg
Oh if I ever lose my legs
Oh well…
I won’t have to walk no more.

And if I ever lose my mouth
All my teeth, north and south
Yes, if I ever lose my mouth
Oh well…
I won’t have to talk…

Did it take long to find me
I ask the faithful light
Ooh did it take long to find me
And are you going to stay the night.

Chorus
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow


This is the “Daddy Plays Acoustic Rock Lullabies” Version, not Cat Stevens”

On My Honor

On My Honor

Another great slow song, this is popular to sing both in troop meetings, ceremonies, and at camp.  We didn’t sing it so much at camp since, although it was Girl Scout camp, not every girl that attended was actually a Girl Scout.  Many included their registration fees in their fees to attend camp, but never bothered to join troops in their local areas.  I think they’re missing out by doing this, but at least they’re at camp!

Chorus:
On my honor I will try,
There’s a duty to be done and I say aye,
There’s a reason here for a reason up above,
My honor is to try and my duty is to love.

People don’t need to know my name,
If I’ve done any harm, then I’m to blame.
If I’ve helped anyone, then I’ve helped me,
If I’ve opened up my eyes to see.

I’ve tucked away a song or two,
When your feeling low, there’s one for you,
If you need a friend, then I will come,
And there’s so many more where I come from.

(Chorus)

Come with me where a fire burns bright,
We can even see better by candle’s light,
We can find more meaning in a campfire’s glow
Than we ever learned in a year or so.

We’ve made a promise to always keep,
And we pray night falls before we sleep.
We’ll be Girl Scouts together and when we’re gone,
We’ll still be trying and a singing this song.

(Chorus)