More Great Campfire Songs, Skits and Cheers

Songs, skits and cheers are all important ingredients for a successful formal campfire, but they can also be a fun part of regular meetings and other outings. As youth build up their repertoire, they become more confident performers. They also develop a foundation from which they can begin to create their own songs, skits and cheers; whether they realize it or not, they begin to understand the structure and rhythms of a successful performance.

Scouters can help spark a passion for performing by introducing youth to new songs, skits, stories and cheers. Here’s a sample of content you can find in The Scouts Canada Campfire Book—available at the Scout Shop, where all proceeds go back into Scouting.

Song: Hail, Hail The Gang’s All Here

Hail, hail, the gang’s all here,
Never mind the weather
Here we are together;
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here,
Sure we’re glad that you’re here too!

Hail, hail the gang’s all here,
We’re a bunch of live ones,
Not a single dead one;
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here,
Sure I’m glad that I’m here too!

Song: I Had A Little Chicken

Oh, I had a little chicken and it wouldn’t lay an egg,
So I ran hot water up and down its leg.
Oh, I ran hot water up and down its leg,
And the darn old chicken laid a hard-boiled egg!
Hard-boiled egg, hard-boiled egg,
The darn old chicken laid a hard-boiled egg!

Oh, I had a little chicken and it wouldn’t lay an egg,
So I ran hot chocolate up and down its leg.
Oh, I ran hot chocolate up and down its leg,
And the darn old chicken laid an Easter egg!
Easter egg, Easter egg,
The darn old chicken laid an Easter egg!

Oh, I had a little chicken and it wouldn’t lay an egg,
So I ran a pig up and down its leg.
Oh, I ran a pig up and down its leg,
And the darn old chicken laid bacon and an egg!
Bacon and an egg, Bacon and an egg,
The darn old chicken laid bacon and an egg!

Oh, I had a little chicken and it wouldn’t lay an egg,
So I ran vinegar up and down its leg.
Oh, I ran vinegar up and down its leg,
And the darn old chicken laid a pickled egg!
Pickled egg, pickled egg,
The darn old chicken laid a pickled egg!


Skit: The Belt

Cast: 2 youth (one wearing a belt)

Action: Youth 1 stands quietly looking on in concern while Youth 2 (wearing a belt) rushes around in a panic, swatting the air.

Youth 2 (youth rushing around): It’s all around me! It’s all around me!

Youth 1: What’s all around you?

Youth 2: My belt, of course!

Skit: No Fish!

Cast: 2 youth (one as a voice from off-stage)

Action: An ice fisher (Youth 1) comes on stage, drills a hole, sets up a stool and gets set to fish.

Youth 2: (Voice from off-stage) There’s no fish here!

Youth 1: (The ice-fishing youth jumps in surprise. Somewhat disconcerted, the ice-fishing youth picks up his or her gear, moves along a bit and sets up again.)

Youth 2: (Voice from off-stage) There’s no fish here!

Youth 1: (Jumps again in surprise.) Who’s there? Who are you? How do you know so much about ice fishing?

Youth 2: (Voice from off-stage) I’m the arena manager!


Cheer: Atomic Power

Atomic power
Atomic power
Atomic power
Ping!

Cheer: Wild Moose

Put thumbs in ears and spread fingers like moose antlers. Wiggle hands up and down and say: Onk! Onk!


The Scouts Canada Campfire Book has many more songs, skits and cheers to offer. It also includes some wonderful closings that can be used to conclude a campfire, but can also be used as a way to wrap up a fun day at camp, or as a farewell at the end of an outing.

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