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Going camping or sending a child to camp? Camp always goes better with a few camp songs to laugh over or sing along with. Here are 50 fun suggestions.

When everyone gathers around the campfire, between making s'mores and telling scary stories, someone inevitably starts singing. Camp songs for kids are a longtime camping tradition. While singing them doesn't always happen naturally, sooner or later everyone joins in. Camp songs help build camping spirit, let the kids loosen up and make great memories.

But to get everyone singing together, you have to pick the right song. Most camp songs for kids are ones that children already know with a repetitive chorus. "Repeat After Me" camp songs are popular. The leader of the group calls out a line from the song and the rest of the group repeats it back.

camp songs for kids

If you are introducing a new song to the group, using this style is a great way to help campers learn the lyrics and actions. Action songs also work to get the kids involved. Any camp song can be an action song -- just add some arm motions! Get your kids to help create the motions.

Another type of camp song is one sung in a round. Everyone sings the same melody and lyrics but starts at different times. Separate kids into two or more groups and have one group sing the first verse before the next group starts the song. Rounds are fun and a great way to build camaraderie with the others singing your part.

Many popular camp songs are classics that have been around forever. They're usually simple sing-alongs. Some are hundreds of years old! Many songs are historically based while others are just plain silly. With kids being your audience, the sillier the better! The best part about camping songs is that you don't have to worry about staying on key. You don't need a guitar to accompany you either, although it can help. So gather around the campfire and sing loud and proud and just have some fun!

Here are 50 camp songs to check out:

  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


Stephanie Glover is the writer and photographer behind A Grande Life. When she doesn't have her camera in her hands, you'll find her with a cup of coffee.

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