Let’s Sing! is a new resource from BC that includes lyrics, audio and sheet music for many common Girl Guide songs. This is a great resource if you are looking to learn new songs before teaching them to your unit. I’ve seen lots of music resources for Girl Guides but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes all three ways to learn a song.
Today’s post is a little bit of a mystery. On Facebook I recently found posted a pdf of an old song collection entitled “60 Years Guiding Frankston District 1930-1990, Campfire Songbook” I believe it is Australian. I recognized almost all the songs in the booklet, but not this one. And I really like the words, so if you know of a source for the tune (a YouTube video or mp3) please leave a comment.
If you want good fun, if you want good friends,
come and join up, come and join us.
If you want a song as the long day ends.
come and join us, come and join us.
The stars shine high in the darkening skies
as the peace of the night descends.
And you’ll never know why we love it so
‘Till you join us
We love to walk with our friends and talk,
Come and join us, come and join us.
To lie and dream by a shaded stream,
come and join us, come and join us.
There’s a peace you can’t explain
And you’ll never know why we love it so,
‘Till you join us, ’til you join us
We camp by the side of the river wide.
And where the breeze laughing in the trees.
Soft rain on the ground and the glorious sound
Of the birds at the dawn of the day.
If you want good friends and you want fun
For this is the life fore everyone.
A life that sends us a million friends.
And a thousand and one delights.
We love to be on the sparkling sea.
To sail along to the winds wild song
The breeze in your hair the sun soaked air
And the scent of the salt in the spray.
Much like the Opening and Closing Mini-book I made last year, this book contains the words to common campfire openings and gathering songs. I love campfire openings and there are a great wealth of fantastic ones. Sadly, if left to their own devices, my Guides will pick Fire’s Burning every week. It isn’t that I don’t like Fire’s Burning, I’m just in favour of mixing it up a bit. Hopefully, this booklet will in courage them to pick something else.
The Twelve Days of Guide Camp
(to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)
On the first day of Guide camp my Leader said to me…
“Be careful of poison ivy.”
On the second day of Guide camp my Leader said to me..
“Clean out the lats and be careful of poison ivy.” etc etc…
3rd day “Don’t chew gum” 4th “Don’t throw up!” 5th “Where’s your hat?” 6th “Time for inspection.” 7th “Take out the garbage.” 8th “Eat your oatmeal.” 9th “Where’s my repellant?” 10th “Drop that snake.” 11th “Not another seance.” 12th “Where are your parents?”
I haven’t met you personally,
But one glance confirms a friend I see;
For behind the trefoil and the smiles,
Lies strong ideals linking hearts and minds,
That banish time and miles.
You are my sister in Guiding,
You’re a friend I can confide in,
No matter if you’re a diff’rent race,
Young or old, from some far place,
As sisters in Guiding we share a secret drive,
To make this world a better place in which to be alive.
From around the world we throng,
Eight million people can’t be wrong,
Guides are found in many lands,
You’re never far from a friendly smile
And willing, lending hands.
So we travel on together
Through the bright and stormy weather,
Striding forth in work and game,
We are joined by the Guiding spirit,
The world is ne’er the same.
I recently heard that Guides in the North West Territories have their own traditional opening song. But I was also struck by the way these girls marched into horseshoe. This would work better then the traditional methods I’ve learn for smaller units meeting in smaller spaces. Enjoy!
It was recently pointed out to me how many songs I have rattling around inside my brain. I’m a great team mate in a game of Encore. This lead me to think about all the songs I know that I wouldn’t teach my Guide unit any more for one reason or another. For example, Girl Guides of Canada updated their Laws in 1994 but I can still cheerfully sing you the old Guide Law song I learned as a girl (and yet I can not get the new one to stick). I know other songs that are too “churchy” for our diverse and inclusive unit. Of these my favorite is probably the Breton Fisherman’s Vesper or some of the camp graces like Johnny Appleseed. There are others that I’ve set aside because they use terms which would no longer be considered appropriate (and perhaps never were.)
Are there songs you no longer sing? Or perhaps you still sing them when you are home doing the dishes but don’t teach them to the girls in your unit? Are there songs you unit should probably retire but you haven’t yet for one reason or another?