Summer Camping

Some of the best summertime activities happen on camping trips.  There’s nothing like spending time closer to nature, sans electronic devices and inside and the great outdoors with family and friends. Whether it’s pitching a tent, fishing, hiking, kayaking or roasting s’mores, nothing makes better memories or brings people closer together than the “tradition” of singing around a campfire!  In fact, it’s a true conspiracy.  Music brings people together like nothing else.  And I’ll bet you don’t know that the word “conspire” is Greek and means “breathe together.”

Action songs or stories that have songs within them can be the most fun. Aside from these 50 traditional camp songs, check out my website and listen to:

The Very Scary Hairy Bear. True story.

I wrote it after a camping trip where I had an amazing dream.

Flea Fly Flow Mosquito– was one of the first chant/songs I learned at summer camp.  There are many versions as they are passed along year after year by mouth and memory– in the true folk tradition.

Lastly, check out my scary story about a giant pumpkin. It’s from Jamaica and h song in it!


  1.  Camp Granada
  2. This Land Is Your Land
  3. Ain’t No Flies on Us
  4. I Like Bananas
  5. Hey Ho Nobody Home
  6. Do Your Ears Hang Low?
  7. Down by the Riverside
  8. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  9. You’re A Grand Old Flag
  10. Home on the Range
  11. Going on a Bear Hunt
  12. Baby Shark
  13. Kumbaya
  14. The Happy Wanderer
  15. Little Bunny Foo Foo
  16. Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
  17. Peanut Butter
  18. I’m a Nut
  19. Molly Malone (a.k.a. Cockles and Mussels)
  20. On a Bicycle Built for Two
  21. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  22. Bed Bug Song
  23. On Top of Spaghetti
  24. Oh Susanna
  25. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  26. B-I-N-G-O
  27. I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor
  28. Kookaburra
  29. The Ants Go Marching
  30. Camptown Races
  31. Underwear
  32. Baby Bumble Bee
  33. Oh, I Wish I Were
  34. Did You Ever See a Lassie?
  35. Dem Bones
  36. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  37. If You’re Happy and You Know It
  38. Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder
  39. Way Down Yonder in the Paw-Paw Patch
  40. Five Little Speckled Frogs
  41. There’s a Hole in the Bucket
  42. I Like to Eat
  43. Boom Chicka Boom
  44. Frog Went A-Courtin’
  45. The Hokey Pokey
  46. Little Red Wagon
  47. The More We Get Together
  48. Wheels on the Bus
  49. Alice the Camel
  50. Make New Friends

Some fun camping tips?!

  1. Pack only what you need, and pack out everything you brought.
  2. Keep your camp grounds clean!
  3. Make sure you know where you are going and don’t go alone.
  4. Control your fire
  5. Don’t forget: matches or lighter, headlamp, warm clothing to layer, space blanket, sleeping bag, tent, swiss army knife, sun block, hat, sunglasses, toilet paper, plenty of water, First Aid kit, compass, protein bar, rope.

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