Camp Fire Song List

Does anyone know other great campfire songs that I could teach to my Brownies? I want to try to learn 3 new songs a month with them because I think that music is so important. It helps create a bond between the girls and memories that will last forever. When I think back on my camp trips, songs are the part I remember most clearly.

 

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And from a leader perspective, the more songs the girls know the better. It means you have more options to pull out of thin air to amuse everyone and keep them focused when you have 10 minutes to fill, or on a long hike or drive.

Brownies Song List

  1. Taps
  2. Fire’s burning
  3. On top of spaghetti
  4. I met a bear
  5. Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
  6. Land of the silver birch
  7. Home, home on the range
  8. Ging gang goolie
  9. Found a peanut
  10. Oh my darlin’ Clementine
  11. Black Socks
  12. Canada in my pocket
  13. This land is your land (Canadian)
  14. I’se the b’ye
  15. The more we get together
  16. The ants go marching
  17. There’s a hole at the bottom of the sea
  18. There’s a hole in my bucket
  19. Doin’ the Newfie stomp
  20. The cat came back
  21. Magdalena Hagdalena
  22. We’re all together again
  23. Oh! Susanna
  24. John Brown’s body
  25. Boogie woogie washing woman
  26. Thorn Rosa
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Closing a Meeting

Here’s a tip for any new leaders!

When you close a meeting, you go through a closing ceremony.

It varies slightly between the different types of units (Sparks, Brownies, etc) but in general, you gather everyone in the unit around in a circle. The brownie ring (toadstool, flag, etc) should be at the centre, or whatever is sacred to your unit.

This is a great time to recap the night and ask the girls questions to help the evening’s activity or lesson to have a deeper meaning. You can talk about what is coming up in the next meeting or talk about reminders for upcoming trips, cookies, etc. If you have extra time, sing some songs! You can check out the start of my awesome song list here!

Finally, you sing the closing song.

For Brownies it is:

Oh Lord our God,

Thy children call.

Grant us Thy peace.

And bless us all.

Good niiiiigggghhhhhtttt.

Now run along home and jump into bed,

Say your prayers and don’t cover your head.

The very same thing I say unto you

Is you dream of me and I’ll dream of you.

Goodnight Brownies, EVERYWHERE! 

(Shout the last word and throw both hands up in to the air.) Other actions at end of post.

The other units sing a different song. I’m not too sure why Brownie units evolved to have their own special closing song that is unique to them. Maybe some of the more experienced guiders can fill us in on this? I have always heard this song referred to as “Taps”. Here are the lyrics.

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Please remember, this is how we sing the songs where I am. I know that there are lots of slight (and sometimes significant) variations in other regions, so if things look slightly different from what you are used to, that is likely the reason.

Finally, at the very end of the meeting, we join hands with our arms crossed in front of us (Rhand on Lside and vice versa) and sing:

The squeeze is going around

The squeeze is going around

Let’s think of a good turn we can do

The squeeze is going around

During this, one leader starts the “squeeze” by squeezing one of the hands she holds. It keeps going around in a circle. We repeat this song as many times as necessary for it to go around once. Then a pre-selected leader (or Brownie!) yells stop once it starts the second pass. The girls are always super exited to be the one who is “it” at the end of the night. This person gets to do an extra good turn (our term for a good deed) and in our unit, we have them flush the toilets (because the girls always forget), check that the bathroom faucets are off, and turn off the lights in the bathroom.

And you’re done!

Don’t forget to monitor the girls leaving. It is your responsibility as a leader to make sure the right girls go home with the right parents!

*Actions for Closing Song*

Oh Lord our God, (no action)

Thy children call. (no action)

Grant us Thy peace. (no action)

And bless us all. (no action)

Good niiiiigggghhhhhtttt. (no action)

Now run along home and jump into bed, (run in place)

Say your prayers and don’t cover your head. (prayer sign with hands, then pull hood overhead)

The very same thing i say unto you (shake finger like someone is naughty)

Is you dream of me (put hands by one ear and tilt head like going to sleep)

and i’ll dream of you. (point with finger and do a circle around you to indicate you are talking to everyone)

Goodnight Brownies, EVERYWHERE! (shout last word and throw both hands in the air)

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What I Would Like to do at Brownies

Girls are supposed to have opportunities to help plan and run meetings in Girl Guides of Canada. The amount of responsibility starts very small, maybe 5% for Sparks, and increases to about 25-80% for Pathfinders but at any age, girls should have some say in the unit. This provides girls with the opportunity to actively participate, show leadership, and gain organization and planning skills. It also helps them to learn to set and reach personal and group goals.

With very young girls, such as Sparks or Brownies, the easiest ways to have them participate in the planning is to give them a little worksheet to fill out, and to offer them an A-B choice (we can do this or that).

I have included here a worksheet that I plan to give out to the girls in their Circle Groups at our very first meeting. This gives leaders feedback on what the girls liked in previous years and what they want to do in the future. It would also be a great idea to do again at the first meeting after Christmas break. It will help inform your program choices for the coming months!

What would I like to do at Brownies …

Name:

Somewhere I would like to go …

A badge I would like to earn …

A country I would like to know more about …

Something I would like to cook or bake …

Something I would like to know more about …

My favourite thing I have done at Brownies or Sparks …

I think I have attached this document to this post. Please feel free to download it and use in your own unit!

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First Post !

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog! I am going to write all about program ideas and resources for Guiders in the Girl Guides of Canada! I am a newish guider to a LARGE group of rambunctious Brownies (more than 30 girls). I have been in it for a year now and next year I am taking over as Treasurer, Cookie Orderer and “Head” Guider, as I am the only leader returning to the unit.

So a little about me:

I am a Guider in Ontario, with Girl Guides of Canada. What we do may look a little different if you are in a different province/territory or country but most of the program ideas should still be applicable. I will be going off of the new curriculum that is beginning in the 2018 guiding year. We are in the GTA. I don’t want to be more specific than that, but most daytrips and overnight trips I reference will be in driving distance from here.

I found when I started last year that there was A LOT I didn’t know. I feel that the training for guiders is less than impressive. There is lots of review of Safeguide but not very much in the way of organizing and running the meetings. I didn’t even know the Brownie Promise/Law or Circle Songs when I started! I didn’t grow up in GGC so I did not know anything.

The posts may be a little slow at first as we are entering the off season, but I want to create this resource to help other guiders who are new to come up with some excellent program ideas. I hope you will share your favourites in the comments section!!

Hopefully I will be able to write a post every week come September, as we get geared up for another exciting year.

I also will figure out how to upload documents that you can download to use for your units. Sharing is caring haha.

Please note, this blog is filled with my personal ideas and beliefs. It is not a reflection of the beliefs of GGC and is not officially affiliated with them in anyway.

Until next time!

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