Campfire Sunday: Thunderation

I was so busy planning for our Guides end of term campfire last weekend that I forgot to share a song for Campfire Sunday! Oopsie.

This is a favourite, and we of course sang it at our Guides District Campfire last week…

Thunder, thunder
Thunderation
We are the Girl Guide
Association
When we work with
Determination
We create a big
(clap when you say big)
Sensation

The idea is that you start singing it in a small whisper and keep repeating it til you get louder and louder each time. Usually it ends up everyone singing at different times as some of your group sing it faster and faster as well as louder and louder. And ‘singing’ may be an optimistic description by the end too! (More screeching/screaming/yelling).

Campfire Sunday: On My Honour

This is possibly one of my favourite guiding songs. For me it speaks of the tradition of Guiding, the promise and law that may have evolved in the last 100 years, but the principles remain the same. I hope they remain that way forever and that future generations of Girlguiding and Girl Scouts around the world remember our Guiding ancestors that came before us and the example they set before us of friendship, peace and service to the community.

This is usually one I do near the end of a campfire.

On my honour

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

People don’t need to know my name
If I do any harm, then I’m to blame
When I help another, I help me
If I’ve opened up my eyes to see

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

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

We’ve made a promise to always keep
And the day is done before we sleep
We’ll be Girl Guides together and when we’re gone
We’ll still be trying and singing this song

This is isn’t quite how I sing it, but it’s the closest version I could find that wasn’t really horrendous to listen to on YouTube!

Campfire Sunday: Boom Chicka Boom

Boom Chicka Boom is probably one of our Guide units favourite songs. It’s really good for when you have people who don’t know campfire songs because it’s a ‘repeat after me’ song. It is also better being sung standing up, so if they are starting to get bored/fall asleep, this is a good one to get the blood moving again! For it to work, it needs a dose of silliness and not taking yourself too seriously. The girls always laugh and join in the more I ‘over do’ the actions I make up! If you don’t do it enthusiatically, the girls likely won’t either.

You can also make up your own verses, and I’m sure some of you have ones to add that your own units do, or variations of the ones I’ve put here. 🙂 In fact, you’ll notice in the video some different styles (their ‘valley girl’ is similar to our ‘mean girl’ style).

Boom Chicka Boom

I said a Boom Chicka Boom (I said a Boom Chicka Boom)
I said a Boom Chicka Boom (I said a Boom Chicka Boom)
I said a Boom Chicka Rocka Chicka Rocka Chicka Boom (I said a Boom Chicka Rocka Chicka Rocka Chicka Boom)
Uh huh (Uh huh)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
One more time ______ style. / 
Awww…no more styles [when you sing it for the last time]

Janitor Style: (sweeping actions)

I said a Broom Sweep-a Broom
I said a Broom Sweep-a Broom
I said a Broom Sweep-a Mop-a Sweep-a Mop-a Sweep-a Broom

Farmyard Style: (pretend to be a cow)

I said a moo chicka moo
I said a moo chicka moo
I said a moo chicka watch your step, don’t track it in the room.

Mean girl style: (Hair flicking, hand on hip and a general look of disdain)

I said like boom chicka boom
I said a totally boom chicka boom
I said like boom chicka rocka chicka gag me with a spoon

Photographer Style: (pretend to be clicking a camera)

I said a zoom clicka zoom.
I said a zoom clicka zoom.
I said a zoom clicka Smile Watch the Birdie clicka zoom.

Surfer Style: (pretend to be on a surfboard)

I said a dude chicka dude
I said a dude chicka dude
I said a dude chicka wipe out chicka WHOA chicka dude

Parent Style: (wag fingers sternly)

I said a boom GO TO YOUR ROOM
I said a boom GO TO YOUR ROOM
I said a boom GO TO YOUR ROOM and don’t come out ’til next June.

Campfire’s Burning

Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning
Draw Nearer, draw nearer
In the gloaming, in the gloaming
Come Sing and Be Merry

Can be sung in a round… (group 2 in brackets to sing simultaneously with group 1)

Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning
Draw Nearer, draw nearer
In the gloaming, in the gloaming (Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning)
Come sing and be Merry (Draw Nearer, draw nearer)
Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning (In the gloaming, in the gloaming)
Draw Nearer, draw nearer (Come sing and be merry)
(In the gloaming, in the gloaming)
(Come sing and be merry)

Although this scout group have not got the lyrics *quite* right by how I’ve always been taught them in my 25ish years in Girlguiding, this is probably the most clear recording I could find of the tune.

Campfires are about to burn…

It’s getting into Campfire season, and we have two campfires planned. Camping was a huge part of my life as a Guide as a member of the Leith Division. Our Division had camps that Guides from all the units were welcome to participate in twice a year at Trefoil (a field on a slope not far from Edinburgh Airport that had a block of toilets as it’s only real set of amenities). The camps usually simultaneously had a patrol camp in one field (patrols had to do their own cooking), a company camp in the next (where cooking was done centrally) and sometimes a third field for anyone doing their Guide Camp Permit.

As neither myself or the other Guide leaders I’ve worked with have their Holiday License and our Division doesn’t have the awesome Leith tradition of Division run camps we have so far had to make do with campfires which have become an annual end of term tradition since I joined the unit.

I’m also now part of an Edinburgh county team to help teach other leaders campfire songs – I discovered last year while our unit was doing ‘Camp Out’ Go For It that the girls loved doing pretend campfires in the hall. One time I had to help at a unit last minute because the leader got sick and I had no activity for them so I just did pretend campfire and some games which they loved (I ended up being asked to help them with a campfire night a month or so later).

I’ve since put together a songbook of all the songs I could remember doing as a Brownie, Guide and Ranger, and am going to try over the coming weeks to post them online for you on ‘Campfire Sundays’.

Watch this space!