The Boy Scout world is full if music. What you consider music and really is music could be two separate ideas entirely. However, singing off key or yelling at the top of your lungs is a common occurrence in scouting land.
Our crew is no different. We chant, sing in rounds, perform little skits and break into song all the time. You will be hard pressed to find an activity where some kind of music does not make an appearance.
When we went to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2011 a whole bunch of us listened to country music. A handful did not appreciate the finer qualities of country music and would bust out in:
“Barges are there treasures in your hold, do you fight with pirates big and bold. Barges I would like to sail with you, I would like to sail the ocean blue.”
You sing Barges in a round and it was a sure fire way to stop the singing of country music – everyone would jump right in and finish the song To this day Barges is the perfect way to change the song or subject. Just as a side note, the anti-country music fellows has been converted!
If we’re not singing a round you might find us singing an action song. There is nothing better than a little enthusiasm and jumping and ‘do as I do’ songs to get your crew ready for a night of excitement. They’re also great for a lull in a program or for when you need to break up a training weekend. One of our favorites is quick and simple:
“Have you ever gone fishing on a bright summer day with all the little fishies swimming in the bay? With their hands in their pockets and their pockets in their pants all the little fishies do the hootchie kootchie dance.’
Or maybe you might prefer Gray Squirrel for a quick and easy action song. Many times you will find Gray Squirrel used when a member of a troop or crew forgets to bring a water bottle, their merit badge sash or the lunch. The poor unsuspecting soul has to sing Gray Squirrel with all the motions and if everyone is nice they might join in the merriment:
“Gray squirrel, gray squirrel shake your bushy tail. Gray Squirrel, gray squirrel shake your bushy tail. Crinkle up your little nose, stick a nut between your toes. Gray squirrel, gray squirrel shake your bushy tail.”
So matter the type of song, we’re game. We may look silly but we don’t really mind. It brings a smile to our faces and to those around us who think us crazy, we’ll let you in our secret…we are. 🙂