11 Camp Songs Kids Should Know For Summer Camp

Jun 8, 2022

One of the best things about summer has got to be the songs! Whether you’ve got a campfire to sing around, are part of a summer camp, or just hanging out with friends, there’s just something about summer that inspires music! And although it’s impossible to know who started the tradition of camp songs, there’s no denying it’s been a beloved pastime for centuries. Cowboys, soldiers, and summer campers alike have joined together to indulge this popular camping custom as a way to kick back, relax, and enjoy some time together.

Of course, not all camp songs are the same. Some tell stories, others are specifically written to be funny and sung along to, and others are popular songs that have simply made their way to the campfire. Whether you’re planning a family camping trip, or sending your kids off to summer camp, we’ve got the top 11 camp songs they should know!

11 of the Best Camp Songs for Kids

Whether it’s camping with the family, or summer camp with friends, nothing quite ends a day of fun like these camp songs!

“Camp Granada”

“Camp Granada” evolved out of comedian Allan Sherman’s 1963 Grammy-award winning parody, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.” Only a year later, Sherman crafted this now-popular version, and premiered it on an episode of “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”

“Five Little Speckled Frogs”

“Five Little Speckled Frogs,” like many camp songs, started out as more of a nursery rhyme. But thanks to the fact that it’s perfect for young children to sing along to, it wasn’t long before it became a favourite for the summer outdoors too. The simple song tells the story of five frogs sitting on a log, who take turns jumping into the cool water. Not only is the song catchy and fun to sing, it teaches young one about the basics of subtraction.

“I’m Being Swallowed By a Boa Constrictor”

Originally written and performed by author Shel Silverstein, “I’m Being Swallowed By a Boa Constrictor” was later covered by none other than musical giant Johnny Cash! The silly poem-turned song is told from the perspective of a person who is – you guessed it – being eaten by a boa constrictor. But don’t let that fool you – it’s a funny, lighthearted tune kids love to sing and laugh along to.

“My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean”

As a simple, slow tempo, and repetitive tune, “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean” is a perfect camp song for kids and adults to sing together!

“The Campfire Song Song”

One of the newer songs on our list, “The Campfire Song Song” comes from the hit cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants,” and your kids might already know it! The lyrics are simple and fun and get faster and faster with each verse.

“On Top of Spaghetti”

Also known as “The Meatball Song,” “On top of Spaghetti” is sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky,” and tells the classic tale of a wayward meatball as it falls from a plate of spaghetti and rolls away.

“The Green Grass Grew All Around”

It’s often thought that “The Green Grass Grew All Around” grew out of an Appalachian folk song. But no matter its origin, this camp song is a perfect example of a “cumulative song.” That means it starts with a simple verse, and each verse afterwards is added to the one before, making them progressively longer and more complicated.

“Baby Shark”

Parents can be forgiven for not thinking of the viral hit “Baby Shark” as a camp song. But we’re here to disagree! The easy and instantly recognizable lyrics make it perfect for any sing-along. And when you sing “Baby Shark,” don’t forget to use the hand motions!

“Home On the Range”

There are few classic camp songs quite like “Home On the Range!” This timeless tune tells the story of pioneers and cowboys from the Old West.

“She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”

Another classic, the first recording of “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” dates back to 1920, but the tune is much older than that. Thanks to its repetitiveness, this should be a simple one for the kids to follow along with.

“Alice the Camel”

“Alice the Camel” is an old song about a poor camel who keeps losing her humps! Like “Five Little Speckled Frogs,” this ditty teaches kids about counting backwards from five as Alice starts out with five humps, and loses one each verse until she has none at all.

 

These are, of course, only a small selection of the countless camp songs that have been, and could be, sung around the campfire, on a hike, or any time you like! Did we miss your favourite summer-time sing-along? Let us know in the comments!

And speaking of summer, are you on the hunt for summer camps for your musical kids? The Music Studio offers a variety of music related camps for kids of all ages! At the Creative Arts Camp children 4-6 will explore their creativity though arts and crafts, dance, outdoor activities, and of course, music! The Musical Theatre Camp is open to children ages 8 to 16, and features singing, dancing, acting, scene study, and a performance on the final day! Lastly, Rock Band Camp is exactly what it sounds like, featuring songs like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Wish You Were Here.”

Visit our Summer Camp Guide for all the info and sign up while there’s still room!