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Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

Once, a Girl Guide went to camp,
went to camp,
Went to camp without a lamp,
without a lamp,
Saw a spider sitting in her bed,
This is what the Girl Guide said,
Girl Guide said.

Spider, spider,
go away, go away,
you must never ever stay,
ever stay,
just remember what the Guider’s said,
no two people share a bed,
share a bed.

Once, a Girl Guide went to camp,
went to camp,
went to camp without a lamp,
without a lamp,
saw a beetle sitting in her bed,
this is what the Girl Guide said,
Girl Guide said.

Beetle, beetle,
go away, go away,
you must never ever stay,
ever stay,
Just remember what the Guiders said,
no two people share a bed,
share a bed.

Once, a Girl Guide went to camp,
went to camp,
went to camp without a lamp,
without a lamp,
saw a Boy Scout sitting in her bed,
this is what the Girl Guide said,
Girl Guide said.

Boy Scout, Boy Scout,
you must stay, you must stay,
you must never go away,
go away,
Just remember what the Guiders said,
Communication between the two sister organizations must be upheld at all times.
Boy Scout you must stay.

Once, a Boy Scout went to camp,
went to camp,
went to camp without a lamp,
without a lamp,
saw a spider sitting in his bed,
this is what the Boy Scout said,
Boy Scout said.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Sing with Guides!

With Guides, you can sing almost any song imaginable. Guides tend to learn a few more verses of songs they learned in Brownies, and can tackle even longer songs. However, Guides is also a transition period, where the first year girls will still want to sing silly songs, and the third year girls will want more of a challenge (though they still like to sing the silly songs too!). It’s good to teach an appreciation for both types of songs in Guides, but keep the number of verses down to just a few more than in Brownies.

Guides are usually introduced to planning their own campfires and Guides Own, so it’s very important to have a set of favourites you sing regularly for the girls to remember when planning. However, in the planning process, it’s always good to challenge them to learn new songs as well.

Below is a list of songs that I would happily sing with Guides.

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1-10

40 Days on an Iceberg

A

ABC Grace

Adams Family Grace

Alouette

An Iroquois Lullaby

An Old Austrian Went Yodeling

As We Trek Along

At a Time Like This

Au Claire De La Lune

Auntie Monica

B

Barges

Birds in the Wilderness

Black Socks

Boa Constrictor

Brown Cow Grace

Brownie Smile Song

Buddies and Pals

Bumblebee Song, The

C

Canoe Song

D

Da Moose

Donkey Riding

E

Edelweiss

Everywhere Around the World

Everywhere We Go

F

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Fire’s Burning

Fishie Song

G

Ging Gang Gooli

Golden Prairie Song

Go Well and Safely

Great Big Buffalo

Great Big Moose

H

Happy Wanderer

Herman the Worm

I

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

Ira Congo

I’se the B’y

Island Hymn

It’s a Small World

It’s Not Hard

J

Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor

Jelly Bean Song

Jellyfish Song

Johnny Appleseed

Join in the Game

Junior Birdman

K

Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula Grace

Kookaburra

L

Land of New Brunswick

Land of the Silver Birch

Let Us Sing Together

Light the Wood

Linger

Listen to the Earth

Lu-La

M

Make New Friends

Martian Song

My Bonnie

My Dog Bean

My Ship Sailed From China

N

Norwegian Number Game

O

Ode to Newfoundland

On My Honour

Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

One Bottle of Pop

One Tin Soldier

Our Cabana

Our Chalet

P

Pax Lodge

Penguin Song

Pink Pajamas

Pirate Song

Pizza Hut

Poor Little Bug on the Wall

Q

Quarter Master’s Store

R

Ricky the Rock

S

Sally

Sangam

Saskatchewan Song

Say Why

Sisters for a Century

Snail Game song, The

Softly Falls the Light of Day

Sparks Jump Up!

The Squeeze

Squid-Jiggin’ Ground

Stella-Ella-Ola

T

Tall Trees

Taps

The Banana Song

The Camp Wake Up Song

The Guide Law Song

The Guide Marching Song

The Other Day

The Tree Song

The Window!

The World Song

This Little Guiding Light

Three Little Angels

Thunderation

Tinga Layo

TIRO

Tzena

W

We Who Have Come Here

White Coral Bells

Woodsmoke Song

Y

Yogi Bear

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Songs About Guiding

Songs about Guiding can be used in all kinds of ways. Sometimes they’re used as closing songs at campfires and are almost always used in Guides Owns. Other times, they’re just crazy, silly songs about fun in Guiding. Either way, they all say something about what it means to be a Girl Guide.

For help with Guides Own, visit the Guides Own page. And for help with campfires, check out Creating Campfires.

Below are a list of songs that either mention Guiding, or are about Guiding. Some of them are variations, so keep scrolling if you don’t see the connection at first.

A

A Tisket, A Tasket

B

Brownie Circle Songs

Brownie Opening Song

Brownie Smile Song

C

Camp Wake Up Song

E

Everywhere Around the World

Everywhere We Go

G

Ging Gang Gooli

I

I Promise to Share and Be a Friend

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

O

On My Honour

Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

Our Cabana

Our Chalet

P

Pathfinders

Pax Lodge

R

Rangers

S

Sally

Sangam

Sisters for a Century

Sparks Jump Up

T

The Guide Law Song

The Guide Marching Song

The World Song

This Little Guiding Light

Three Little Angels (variation)

Thunderation

Loud Songs WITHOUT Actions

Loud, climax songs can be sorted into two categories, those with actions and those without. Loud songs are usually sung when you reach the climax of the fire, and they’re usually the songs everyone knows. For help with campfire planning, visit the Creating Campfires page.

Because these songs are quite commonly known, there tend to be many variations, and everyone has their own actions. To the best of my knowledge, the songs below do not traditionally have actions that go with them.

A

As We Trek Along Together

B

BINGO

Black Socks

Buddies and Pals

D

Da Moose

Donkey Riding

E

Everywhere we Go

F

Frère Jacques

G

Ging Gang Gooli

H

Happy Wanderer

Hole in my Bucket

I

I’se the B’y

It’s a Small World

J

Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor

Johnny Appleseed

Junior Birdman

K

Kookaburra

M

My Bonnie

My Dog Bean

O

Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

Q

Quarter Master’s Store

S

Squid-Jiggin’ Ground

T

The Guide Law Song

The Humpty Dumpty Song

The Other Day

The Window!

Three Little Angels

Thunderation

Sing with Pathfinders, Rangers, and Leaders!

Older girls can still love to sing too! And while they have an appreciation now for longer, more meaningful songs, they still fall back on old silly favourites, though they usually stop singing the overly simple ones.

Pathfinders, Rangers, and Leaders can sometimes find it challenging to find songs they don’t already know, especially if they’ve grown up with Guiding, and can be challenged to find songs from other countries to try and learn. (Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of these at the moment.)

Either way, it’s always good to fall back on the classics. Below is a list of songs I would sing with Pathfinders and up.

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A

Adams Family Grace

An Iroquois Lullaby

An Old Austrian Went Yodelling

As We Trek Along

At a Time Like This

Au Claire De La Lune

B

Ballad of the Bluenose

Barges

Birds in the Wilderness

Black Socks

Boa Constrictor

Brown Cow Grace

Brownie Smile Song

C

Camp Wake Up Song

Canoe Song

D

Da Moose

Donkey Riding

E

Edelweiss

En Roulant Ma Boule

Everywhere Around the World

Everywhere We Go

F

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Fire’s Burning

Fishie Song

G

Ging Gang Gooli

Golden Prairie Song

Go Well and Safely

Great Big Moose

Guide Marching Song

H

Happy Wanderer

Herman the Worm

I

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

Ira Congo

I’se the B’y

Island Hymn

It’s Not Hard

J

Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor

L

Land of New Brunswick

Land of the Silver Birch

Let Us Sing Together

Light the Wood

Like an Eagle

Linger

Listen to the Earth

Lu-La

M

Make New Friends

My Bonnie

My Dog Bean

My Ship Sailed From China

N

Norwegian Number Game

O

Ode to Newfoundland

On My Honour

On the Loose

Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

One Tin Soldier

Our Cabana

Our Chalet

P

Pathfinders

Pax Lodge

Pink Pajamas

Pirate Song

Poor Little Bug on the Wall

Q

Quarter Master’s Store

R

Ranger

S

Sangam

Saskatchewan Song

Say Why

Sing a Song of Canada

Sisters for a Century

Softly Falls the Light of Day

Squid-Jiggin’ Ground

T

Tall Trees

Taps

The Guide Law Song

The Humpty Dumpty Song

The Tree Song

The Window

The World Song

They Call It Canada

This Little Guiding Light

Three Little Angels

Thunderation

Tinga Layo

TIRO

Tzena

W

Walk Around

We Who Have Come Here

White Coral Bells

Woodsmoke Song

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Example Campfires

Sometimes it’s helpful to look at an example of the completed thing, or maybe you’re in a rush! Either way, below are some ideas of how to structure a campfire for different branches.

Sparks

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
Join in The Game
Pink Pajamas
Sparks Jump Up!
Black Socks
The Banana Song
Pizza Hut
The Other Day…
Make New Friends
Taps or Go Well and Safely

Brownies

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
Brownie Smile Song
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
40 Days on an Iceberg
Pink Pajamas
Jelly Bean Song
Black Socks
My Dog Bean
The Window
Poor Little Bug on the Wall
The Other Day…
Everywhere Around the World
Make New Friends
Taps or Say Why

Guides

Fire’s Burning
Guide Marching Song
Tall Trees
We Who have Come here
Lu-La
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
It’s a Small World
Barges
Guiders
My Ship Sailed from China
The Fishie Song
An Old Austrian
Three Little Angels
Three Little Girl Guides
If I were not a Girl Guide
My Dog Bean
Tzena
Make New Friends
One Tin Soldier
On My Honour
Linger
Say Why
Taps

Pathfinders/Rangers/Leaders

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
We Who Have come Here
The World Song
Sangam
Pax Lodge Song
Pathfinders or Rangers
They Call it Canada
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
Barges
Guiders
My Ship Sailed from China
Black Socks
Poor little Bug on the Wall
An Old Austrian
The Tree song
The Window
Humpty Dumpty
Three little Girl Guides
If I were not a Girl Guide
Once a Girl Guide went to camp
Everywhere we Go or Thunderation
Guide Marching Song
Quarter Master Store
Join in the Game
On the Loose
On My Honour
One Tin Soldier
Make New Friends
Linger
Softly Falls the Light of Day
Say Why
Taps

ALL THE SONGS!

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1-10

40 Days on an Iceberg

A

A Tisket, A Tasket

ABC Grace

Adams Family Grace

Alouette

An Iroquois Lullaby

An Old Austrian Went Yodelling

As We Trek Along

At a Time Like This

Au Claire De La Lune

Auntie Monica

B

Ballad of the Blue Nose

Banana Song, The

Barges

BINGO

Birds in the Wilderness

Black Socks

Boa Constrictor

Brown Cow Grace

Brownie Circle Songs

Brownie Closing

Brownie Opening Song

Brownie Smile Song

Brown Squirrel

Buddies and Pals

Bumblebee Song, The

C

Camp Wake Up Song

Canoe Song

D

Da Moose

Donkey Riding

E

Edelweiss

En Roulant Ma Boule

Everywhere Around the World

Everywhere We Go

F

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Fire’s Burning

Fishie Song, The (Have You Ever Gone a Fishin’)

Frère Jacques

G

Ging Gang Gooli

Golden Prairie Song

Go Well and Safely

Great Big Buffalo

Great Big Moose

Guide Law Song, The

Guide Marching Song, The

H

Happy Wanderer

Herman the Worm

Hole in my Bucket

I

I Promise to Share and Be a Friend

If I Were Not a Girl Guide

Ira Congo

I’se the B’y

Island Hymn

It’s a Small World

It’s Not Hard

J

Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor

Jelly Bean Song

Jellyfish Song

Johnny Appleseed

Join in the Game

Junior Birdsman

K

Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula Grace

Kookaburra

L

Land of New Brunswick

Land of the Silver Birch

Let Us Sing Together

Light the Wood

Like an Eagle

Linger

Listen to the Earth

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Lu-La

M

Make New Friends

Martian Song

My Bonnie

My Dog Bean

My Ship Sailed From China

N

Norwegian Number Game song

O

Ode to Newfoundland

On My Honour

On the Loose

Once a Girl Guide Went to Camp

One Bottle of Pop

One Tin Soldier

Our Cabana

Our Chalet

P

Pathfinders

Pax Lodge

Penguin Song

Pink Pajamas

Pirate Song

Pizza Hut

Poor Little Bug on the Wall

Purple Stew

Q

Quarter Master’s Store

R

Ranger Song

Ricky the Rock

S

Saskatchewan Song

Sally

Sangam

Say Why

Sing a Song of Canada

Sisters for a Century

Snail Game Song, The

Softly Falls the Light of Day

Spark Gathering Song

Sparks Jump Up

The Squeeze

Squid-Jiggin’ Ground

Stella-Ella-Ola

T

Tall Trees

Taps

The Humpty Dumpty Song

The Other Day

They Call It Canada

This Little Guiding Light

Three Little Angels

Thunderation

Tinga Layo

TIRO

Tree Song, The

Tzena

U

V

W

Walk Around

We Who Have Come Here

White Coral Bells

Window!, The

Woodsmoke Song

World Song, The

X

Y

Yogi Bear

Z

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Creating Campfires


Section 1 – All About Campfires
Section 2 – Pre-Made Campfire Ideas

Section 1

New to Campfires?

If you grew up with Guiding, you’ve probably been asked at some point along to way to lead a campfire, or have been a part of a structured campfire before. Maybe your leader’s asked you to lead a campfire for the first time. No worries. If you’ve never lead campfire before, then here’s a helpful guide to get you started.

Now, as Guides, we LOVE to sing, and campfire has traditionally been the place to meet for this type of  activity. Much like a story, campfires begin with an opening, then build to the climax, reach the climax, then fade to the closing and end. Using the correct terms, this is the structure for a campfire:

1. Opening Song
2. Buidling Songs
3. Middle Songs
4. Closing Songs
5. Ending Song

Let’s take a look at what type of songs go in each section.

Campfires usually begin with a slow, quiet song calling everyone together around the fire. We call this song the Opening Song. I don’t believe I’ve ever attended a campfire where the opening song wasn’t Fire’s Burning, but if you want to choose something else, go right ahead! This is your fire! Just remember that opening songs usually call everyone together.

The next few songs are called Building Songs. Building songs lead up to the climax, so you start with a few slow, pretty songs, and gradually turn to more energetic, loud, silly songs. Some examples of common building songs to start with are Land of the Silver Birch, It’s a Small World, Lu-La, or one of the World Centre Songs.

Next are the Middle Songs. This is usually the  longest part of the campfire, because this section often contains songs everyone knows. They’re usually loud, crazy, participation songs with actions or clapping. Favourite songs of your unit or group are usually sung in this section; they’re the songs you sing all the time. Some examples of Middle Songs are If I were not a Girl Guide40 Days on an Iceberg, Poor Little Bug on the Wall, or Three Little Angels.

Once you’re sung out (or it’s almost time for bed!) and it’s time to start wrapping things up, then the Closing Songs come in. Closing songs work like the Building Songs section, only in reverse. You start with loud songs and fade out to slow, quiet songs. Closing songs  typically are the songs that are about friendship and Guiding values. Some examples of Closing songs are One Tin Soldier, Softly Falls the Light of Day, Linger, Make New Friends, On My Honour, or Ira Congo.

Finally, when the coals begin to twinkle out and it’s time to douse the fire, you sing the Ending Song. Usually the ending song is Taps, but really, you could sing any song of leaving, such as Say Why, or Go Well and Safely.

And that’s your campfire! Campfires are wonderful places to come together and aren’t too difficult to plan. Sometimes they’re completely spontaneous and you use whatever songs you know by heart.

Some tips for first time campfire leaders:

1. Create songbooks for everyone with all the songs you’re going to sing in them. Not only can you teach the girls new songs (and remind yourself of the lyrics!) but you’ll get greater participation as everyone will try to sing along.
2. Try and learn as best as you can the songs you’re going to sing. It’s easier to lead when you know what you’re doing. It’s awesome to learn new songs, but makes sure someone at campfire knows the actual version!
3. Keep in mind the age of the girls you’re doing campfire with. If you’re singing with younger girls, you’ll want to reach the climax as soon as possible, and keep campfire short. Whereas, if you’re working with older girls, you can take more time building up to the climax, and stretch the campfire over as much time as you have.

Good luck and have fun! 🙂

Section 2 – Pre-made Campfire Ideas by Branch

Sometimes it’s helpful to look at an example of the completed thing, or maybe you’re in a rush! Either way, below are some ideas of how to structure a campfire for different branches.

Sparks

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
Join in The Game
Pink Pajamas
Sparks Jump Up!
Black Socks
The Banana Song
Pizza Hut
The Other Day…
Make New Friends
Taps or Go Well and Safely

Brownies

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
Brownie Smile Song
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
40 Days on an Iceberg
Pink Pajamas
Jelly Bean Song
Black Socks
My Dog Bean
The Window
Poor Little Bug on the Wall
The Other Day…
Everywhere Around the World
Make New Friends
Taps or Say Why

Guides

Fire’s Burning
Guide Marching Song
Tall Trees
We Who have Come here
Lu-La
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
It’s a Small World
Barges
Guiders
My Ship Sailed from China
The Fishie Song
An Old Austrian
Three Little Angels
Three Little Girl Guides
If I were not a Girl Guide
My Dog Bean
Tzena
Make New Friends
One Tin Soldier
On My Honour
Linger
Say Why
Taps

Pathfinders/Rangers/Leaders

Fire’s Burning
Tall Trees
We Who Have come Here
The World Song
Sangam
Pax Lodge Song
Pathfinders or Rangers
They Call it Canada
Land of the Silver Birch
My Paddle
Barges
Guiders
My Ship Sailed from China
Black Socks
Poor little Bug on the Wall
An Old Austrian
The Tree song
The Window
Humpty Dumpty
Three little Girl Guides
If I were not a Girl Guide
Once a Girl Guide went to camp
Everywhere we Go or Thunderation
Guide Marching Song
Quarter Master Store
Join in the Game
On the Loose
On My Honour
One Tin Soldier
Make New Friends
Linger
Softly Falls the Light of Day
Say Why
Taps

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