Camping trips provide many opportunities for food, stories and…songs! While traditional campfire songs exist, creativity can make any campfire even better. No need for great singers or guitarists; simply having a few songs that get everyone singing along and having an incredible time will do!
If your campfire brings together musically inclined guests, consider choosing one of these simple guitar songs that anyone can learn to play. Their straightforward riffs can easily be replicated by almost anyone; sticks or other percussive items can even help create rhythm. Plus, many great campfire songs are now available via karaoke apps!
The Wheels on the Bus is an extremely popular children’s song, making any campfire more memorable than simply staring into space or staring into your tent or fire. Not only will it introduce new campers into your group but it can also provide an entertaining way to pass time as food cooks or the sun sets!
Kids Campfire Songs
The ideal campfire songs for children should be high-energy and enjoyable to sing, often encouraging physical movement. One excellent option is “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. This simple tune allows kids to learn quickly while running around while singing this familiar tune – as well as use their imaginations by acting out the lyrics of this fun tune while miming bear hunting actions!
One of the favorite campfire songs for children is “This Little Light of Mine”. This classic children’s tune is easy to learn and upbeat, making it perfect for camping trips with young ones. Useful when soothing nervous newcomers or distracting anxious campers who may fear the dark, this tune also works well at Scout campfires as it requires singing together and lots of claps from all participants!
Songs that are well-known and easy to learn make great choices for a campfire singalong. Clapping songs or “repeat after me” songs are great options for kids and ensure everyone is up and dancing around the fire.
Adult Campfire Songs
Campfire songs can be fun for the whole family to sing around a campfire. Some popular examples are Don McLean’s “American Pie”, which can be especially enjoyable for adults enjoying whiskey and beer around a campfire. Other songs that adults can sing include oldies but goodies, such as Van Morrison’s hit song, “Brown Eyed Girl”.
More meaningful tunes such as James Taylor’s timeless classic “A Horse With No Name” may work better. Another classic campfire tune that works perfectly includes Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” This one is always a favorite!
Family Friendly Campfire Songs
One campfire song suitable for all ages is “The Green Grass Grew All Around”, which provides the ideal way to introduce young children to nature while simultaneously encouraging them to appreciate its beauty. This nostalgic tune can easily be modified according to each child’s interests while encouraging them to observe and appreciate its splendor.
Scout Campfire Songs
If you’re taking your Scout troop camping, it will be essential to have some lively campfire songs lined up. A good choice would be Baby Shark – an upbeat tune with an infectious beat that will get both boys and girls giggling and dancing around the campfire! Another choice could be “Gopher Guts”, which has your Scouts clapping their hands to its tune and stamping their feet as it plays through its eight bars of music!
No matter what, be sure to find the ones best suited for your group and bring along instruments such as guitar or tambourine so that you can sing and dance around as night falls while taking in the delicious scents of freshly made s’mores cooking in the oven!