The laughs and camaraderie that arise from singing songs around a campfire or throughout a fireside program are one of the best parts of being involved with youth programs and scouting. Music has a unique way of bringing people together, no matter how silly, powerful, or solemn the song.
For more than 20 years we have been gathering songs submitted by our site users. The list below includes some classics, as well as a lot of unique and fun songs. We’ve included the tunes, and links to videos of the songs wherever possible. This is an excellent resource for scout groups, youth groups, church groups, and any other community group looking to bond together with music.
The songs are organized by several different categories, including: Classic Songs, Gathering Songs, Solemn/Patriotic Songs, and all of the rest. If you’re looking for something specific you can search on the page, but otherwise I hope you enjoy going through these songs and finding ones that will make your campfire or event enjoyable for all involved.
Most of these gathering songs can be sung as different groups or troops arrive at the meeting place. It’s fun because it starts out with a few people singing and grows into a big chorus as everyone arrives. Several of them also put a little bit of razzing on the latest groups to arrive, so everyone will try their best to be on time.
Whether the nature of your group is Patriotic or Religious or not, solemn songs can really set the mood for a special Scoutmaster Minute or presentation. These songs slow everything down and help the youth to really think and ponder the words and messages shared.
Admittedly, this is a lot to get through. There are hundreds of other songs out there, but these are the ones that made our list. They range from short (and somewhat annoying) to full-on ballads that take a lot of time to learn and rehearse.
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