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Summer is here and it means fun in the sun, barbecues, pool parties and of course, camping. Here are several campfire songs that will make your camping trip more memorable.

Ging Gang Gooly - Writer: Robert Baden-Powell

Ging gang gooly gooly gooly gooly watcha
Ging gang goo ging gang goo.

Ging gang gooly gooly gooly gooly watcha
Ging gang goo ging gang goo.

Hayla, oh hayla shayla, hayla shayla, shayla, oh-ho
Hayla, oh hayla shayla, hayla shayla, shayla, oh

Shally wally, shally wally, shally wally, shally wally Oompah, oompah, oompah, oompah
{Repeat the whole song}

This song is sung as a round, this means there can be up to several groups singing it. The first group starts, the second group chimes in when the first group reaches "Hayla, oh hayla," the next group follows in the same manner. Here's a sample of this song courtesy of YouTube.

Kumbaya (Come With Me) - Writer: Unverified

Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya!
Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya!
Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya!
O Lord, Kumbaya!
(Change the words Kum Ba Yah to: someone’s laughing, someone’s crying, someone’s praying, someone’s singing then back to Kumbaya.)

Kumbaya is a favorite campfire song of boys and girls scouts. It may be sung as an action song or by simply gathering around the campfire and holding hands. The actions are as follows: kumbaya - hands make rolling motion, my Lord - slide right thumb from the left shoulder and cross heart, oh Lord - make the letter "O" with thumb and index finger. For the other substituted words make the appropriate hand gestures. Listen to the midi.

Peanut Butter and Jelly - Writer: Unknown

First you take the peanuts
And you crunch 'em,
You crunch 'em
First you take the peanuts
And you crunch 'em,
You crunch 'em

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the grapes
And you squish 'em,
You squish 'em
Then you take the grapes
And you squish 'em,
You squish 'em

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
You spread it
Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
You spread it

For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it,
You eat it
Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it,
You eat it

'Cause its good, peanut butter
And jelly
Good, peanut butter
And jelly

First you take the peanuts
And you crunch 'em,
Then you take the grapes
And you squish 'em,
Then you take the bread
And you spread it,
Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it

'Cause its good, peanut butter
And jelly
Good, peanut butter
And jelly

For this song make the appropriate hand gestures for every line. For example: you crunch 'em - pretend you're crunching peanuts with your hands, you squish 'em - pretend you're squishing grapes, you spread it - pretend you're spreading peanut butter and jelly on a slice of bread, etc. Listen to the song sample from the Songs For Teaching website.

You can download many different campfire songs from the Scouting Resources Web site.

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