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Songs for Scouts

Why Have Songs for Scouts?

Songs for Scouts are a fun way to add some fun to a meeting or to get everyone involved in a campfire program.

Some of these songs for Scouts are silly. Some are repeat-after-me songs. Some get people up and moving. Others quiet everyone down.

What’s your favorite song for Scouts? Do you have the lyrics or a video of it? Contact me and I’ll share it here.

Video Resources

Harmony of Scouting: The Power of Songs

Songs bring Scouts of all ages together, making them feel connected and like they belong. They teach important skills like working as a team and being creative, and they capture the spirit of Scouting. Singing songs creates memories that last a lifetime and helps different generations of Scouts feel connected. Songs make a strong and fun Scouting experience that leaves a special place in every Scout’s heart.

Cub Scout Song Book

Cub Scout Song Book

Are you looking for a printable songbook with classic songs for Scouts? Amy wrote me and asked me if I would post a Cub Scout song book she made to fill a ticket for her Woodbadge course. My answer was yes! Her song book can be found here. It contains a lot of classics your pack will enjoy singing also.

Digital Cub Scout Songbook

This page has 91 digital tracks for traditional songs from the official Cub Scout Songbook. So you can listen to the tunes to learn them.

Repeat After Me Songs for Scouts

Princess Pat Song

Princess Pat

Princess Patricia, a member of the British royal family, inspired a Canadian infantry unit and designed their flag, the Ric-A-Dam-Do, featuring red, gold, and purple with the initials “VP.” The Princess Pat Song, a repeat-after-me song, playfully describes her adventures across the seas, carrying the Ric-A-Dam-Doo. It includes actions like making a crown, sailing, and walking like an Egyptian. It humorously integrates fictional characters like Captain Jack, suggesting their ships would sink without the flag, and even references Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, hinting that their ship flew because of the Ric-A-Dam-Doo.

Going on a bear hunt

Going on a Bear Hunt

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is a traditional chant turned into a song, popularized by a children’s book. The song narrates a group of adventurers on a bear hunt, facing various obstacles like long grass, a river, and mud, with corresponding actions and sounds such as “Swishy swashy!” and “Splash splosh!” When they encounter a bear, they exclaim “Uh-oh!” and retreat. The song is engaging and educational, teaching kids about storytelling, sequence, and encouraging physical activity and imagination. It’s a great interactive activity for Scouts, promoting creativity and motor skills, and can be adapted into a game using a stuffed bear.

boom chicka boom

Boom Chicka Boom

“Boom Chicka Boom” is a lively, interactive song for Cub Scouts, enhancing pack meetings or campfires. It’s sung in a call-and-response style, starting with a basic verse and then varying in volume and speed. It includes playful variations like Farm Style with “Moo Chicka Moo,” Car Style with “Vroom Shifta Vroom,” Janitor Style with “Broom Sweep-a Broom,” Astronaut Style with “Moon shoot the moon,” and Parent Style with “Boom GO TO YOUR ROOM.” This activity encourages attentive listening, creativity, and is a fun way to engage Scouts in a dynamic, spirited environment.

Moose with the Juice

Moose with the Juice

The Moose with the Juice, a folk classic, is beloved in Scout gatherings for its simplicity and adaptability. It centers on a moose humorously sipping juice in various imaginative ways, encouraging creativity and group participation. Its flexibility allows for adding original verses and motions, making it a fun and unifying activity for both Scouts and leaders. Ideal for campfires or back-to-school programs, this song fosters camaraderie and is a go-to choice for a lively, engaging experience. It’s a timeless tune that brings smiles across generations, keeping the scouting spirit alive and vibrant.

Pizza Man Song

Pizza Man

The Pizza Man is a campfire favorite known for its catchy tune and humorous lyrics. It’s a call-and-response song where each verse introduces a new occupation or action ending in “man,” accompanied by a relevant gesture, like holding a pizza or mimicking driving. The song builds as verses accumulate, repeating phrases and actions from earlier in the song. This structure not only makes it interactive but also sparks creativity, as participants can invent their own verses. Ideal for various gatherings like camps, school events, or family get-togethers, the Pizza Man is a delightful way to engage a group, encouraging laughter and unity.

Action Songs for Scouts

The Little Green Frog Song

The Little Green Frog

The Little Green Frog, beloved for generations, is a fun and engaging melody perfect for Cub Scout activities. Its simplicity, humor, and playful actions make it a hit among kids, who love to sing and act it out. Encouraging parents to participate enhances the enjoyment and bonding experience. This timeless classic, with its catchy tune and amusing ending, is an ideal choice for Scout camps and gatherings. Singing The Little Green Frog not only brings smiles and laughter but also fosters a sense of community and shared joy among Scouts and their families.

Cool and Creamy

“Cool and Creamy” is a humorous skit set to the tune of “Alouette,” popular at Cub Scout events. Participants sing about liking something “cool and creamy,” taking turns to ask and agree to have shaving cream applied in various places, like on the shirt, in the hair, or in the shoes. Each agreement results in a squirt of shaving cream in that spot. This messy, laughter-inducing activity is a favorite among Scouts, especially when watching their counselors get covered in cream. It’s an engaging, fun way to encourage creativity and camaraderie among the Cub Scouts.

The Milk Song

This campfire or pack meeting song is an entertaining way to promote healthy eating habits, particularly the consumption of milk, among scouts. It is performed like a rap, with participants mimicking the act of milking a cow during the “Moo moo moo moo” part. The catchy chorus emphasizes the preference for milk over other beverages like pop, tea, or juice, with a special mention of Wisconsin milk. It features verses for each letter of “milk,” and participants softly and loudly make corresponding letter shapes with their fingers and arms. It’s a fun and interactive activity to encourage scouts to embrace the goodness of milk.

fast food song

The Fast Food Song

The “Fast Food Song” is a lively action song enjoyed by Scouts. While it appears to promote fast-food chains like Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and McDonald’s, it can also be a valuable tool for discussing healthy eating. By engaging in the song’s actions, Scouts can transition into conversations about fast food and the importance of balanced nutrition. It provides an opportunity to explore the differences between fast food and healthier options, emphasizing the significance of vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. It doesn’t criticize fast food but encourages Scouts to think about their eating habits and make informed choices, promoting moderation and balanced diets.

Star Wars Song

This goes to the same tune as the Fast Food Song. This Star Wars-themed jingle, despite not being strictly scientific, can add excitement to science or space-themed meetings. Star Wars, a science fiction favorite, offers a fun way to engage participants. While singing, participants can act out Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber swings, C-3PO’s robot arms, and Darth Vader’s peekaboo mask motions. Set to the tune of the “Fast Food Song,” it’s easy for scouts to join in. Incorporating elements from this beloved sci-fi franchise adds pizazz to science-themed gatherings, making them more enjoyable and memorable while blending entertainment with educational themes.

Bring Back My Bunny to Me

The “Bring Back My Bunny to Me Magic” is a lively addition to magic-themed events or meetings, involving Cub Scouts with engaging actions. Sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” it incorporates entertaining elements. As you sing, you can point to an imaginary table with your hat and display an imaginary wand in your hand. Wave the wand for added excitement. The lyrics express the magician’s curiosity about their missing white rabbit, emphasized by a questioning shrug and raised hands. It encourages participation and adds a magical touch to the event, making it enjoyable for Cub Scouts while fitting well with a magic-themed theme.

The Noble Captain Kirk

“The Noble Captain Kirk Star Trek” is a fitting tribute to the Star Trek series, known for its transporter adventures. Sung to the tune of “Grand Old Duke of York” with corresponding actions, it’s a fun way to engage participants. When you say “Up,” everyone stands; when you say “Down,” everyone squats, and “Halfway Up” places them in the middle. It suits a science-themed event perfectly. The lyrics humorously depict Captain Kirk beaming 500 men up and down the Enterprise. It adds a playful touch to discussions about science and space exploration, making it an enjoyable addition to such themes.

My Turtle Swims Sideways

My Turtle Swims Sideways

“My Turtle Swims Sideways” is a lively tune sung at campfires and gatherings, set to “Pomp and Circumstance.” It tells a whimsical tale of two turtles with playful actions. While it fosters camaraderie and serves as an icebreaker, it has drawn criticism for its dark ending and themes like death, seen as inconsistent with Boy Scouts of America values. Debates revolve around tradition and sensitivity, making it a highly discussed blog topic.

Silly Songs for Scouts

911 Song

911 Song

The “911 Song” is a popular and silly tune often sung by children during recess, known for its catchy melody and humorous lyrics, bringing joy and laughter to kids. It serves as an engaging way to teach children about dialing 911 in emergencies and when not to do so. It encourages creativity and fun among friends, typically sung during leisure activities. Its unique skiing theme makes it perfect for winter and adds to its appeal, creating a playful atmosphere. Additionally, its themes align well with Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs, fostering camaraderie and outdoor exploration while imparting essential emergency preparedness lessons to children.

911 (Bicycle Version)

The “911 (Bicycle Version)” song, sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” humorously recounts a bicycle mishap, adding a playful twist to the situation. It describes a daring ride, a comical fall, and the character’s need for medical attention. The repeated chorus of “911, someone call the police, take me to the hospital, and feed me some ice cream” injects humor into the narrative, making it an enjoyable and entertaining song, especially for children. It combines adventure, mishap, and the desire for a sweet treat, making it a lighthearted and catchy tune that brings smiles and laughter.

The Twelve Days of Camping Song

The Twelve Days of Camping

“The Twelve Days of Camping” is a whimsical song suitable for both Christmas and camp-themed occasions. Set to the melody of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it humorously recounts gifts related to camping and the comical outcome. From hammocks and bug spray to an abundance of snacks and pocketknives, each day adds a new item to the list. The humorous climax occurs on the twelfth day with the gift of twelve bandaids, suggesting that the previous days’ camping activities might have resulted in some mishaps. It blends the festive spirit of Christmas with the fun of camping, making it a playful and entertaining choice for various occasions.

Jaws Song (Baby Shark Song)

“Jaws” is a classic camp song that predates its pop culture counterpart, “Baby Shark.” Scouts have been singing this catchy tune for a while, and it’s a versatile campfire favorite with various adaptations. For added fun, participants can change their voices to mimic different characters while singing the verses. It involves actions, making it engaging: forming a book with hands, imitating a shark fin, clapping like jaws, and acting as different family members like Mama, Daddy, Baby, and Grandpa Jaws. It also features a muscle man, a lady, and swimming motions. It playfully narrates a shark’s approach and a hero’s attempt to save someone, offering an entertaining twist on the classic tune.

Twinkie Song

“The Twinkie Song,” set to the tune of “Do a Deer” from The Sound of Music, adds a fun twist to the break. The lyrics playfully focus on Twinkies, singing about dough, the purchaser (Ray), the recipient (the singer), a long line of Twinkies, and the irresistible desire for a Twinkie. It light-heartedly expresses a preference for Twinkies over tea, concluding with a humorous emphasis on the word “dough.” It’s a humorous and enjoyable tune that adds a touch of whimsy to scouting gatherings.

announcements song

Announcements Song

The “Announcements Song” injects humor into the typically dry business parts of meetings, providing a fun way to deliver updates. Sung to various familiar tunes, it starts with a chant of “Announcements, announcements, announcements,” followed by comical verses. Each verse humorously highlights the sometimes tedious nature of announcements, emphasizing the need for brevity. It playfully suggests that long-winded announcements can feel like a terrible fate, advocates for keeping them short and sweet, and even pokes fun at words of wisdom that may not always be captivating. It lightens the mood during meetings, ensuring that announcements are delivered with a dose of laughter.

Ticks on a Toilet Seat

“Ticks on a Toilet Seat” pairs perfectly with the Ticks on a Toilet Seat snack recipe, adding a fun element to the cooking process. Sung to the tune of “Birds in the Wilderness,” the lyrics playfully describe a group sitting on a toilet seat and waiting for someone to arrive, allowing for the insertion of a name for added humor. It complements the preparation of the snack and adds an entertaining touch to the cooking experience, making it a delightful combination of song and culinary fun for all to enjoy.

Bazooka Bubblegum Song

Bazooka Bubblegum

The Bazooka Bubble Gum Song has become a beloved scout favorite for its irresistible melody and easy-to-learn lyrics. What sets it apart is its unique “rap style” tune, which adds excitement and energy, making it particularly engaging for kids. Scouts often request this tune during their scouting adventures due to its catchy, repetitive, and rhythmic nature. Beyond being fun, it serves as a bonding activity, bringing scouts closer and creating cherished memories.

Songs for Grace

Johnny Appleseed Grace Song

Johnny Appleseed Grace

The Johnny Appleseed Grace is a beloved Cub Scout grace that emphasizes the importance of Duty to God in Scouting. This non-denominational grace is suitable for any meal and adds a musical touch to the tradition of saying grace. Typically, the first verse is sung before meals, expressing gratitude for nature’s gifts like the sun, rain, and apple seeds. It conveys the idea that every seed grows into a tree, bearing apples to share with the world. It instills a sense of happiness and appreciation for God’s care, making it a meaningful and enjoyable way for Cub Scouts to express their gratitude and reverence before eating.

Addams Family Grace

The Addams Family Grace is a Scout tradition that aligns with the Scout value of being Reverent by incorporating grace before meals. It’s set to the tune of the Addams Family TV show theme, making it fun and memorable for Cub Scouts. This particular version is a short and straightforward one, making it easy for young scouts to memorize. The lyrics express gratitude for the food and the presence of loved ones, including parents and the Lord. With snapping fingers as part of the rhythm, it adds a playful touch to the traditional act of saying grace, making it an engaging and meaningful practice for Scouts before their meals.

God Is Great Grace (Rock Around the Clock)

Singing grace is a meaningful way to emphasize the Scout value of being Reverent, especially during summer camp. At local Cub Scout camps, packs take turns leading grace in the dining hall, and teaching them grace as a song can encourage more participation. This particular grace is set to the tune of “Rock Around the Clock” and is nondenominational, making it suitable for a diverse group. The lyrics express gratitude to God for the food and emphasize the practice of thanking Him throughout the day. Singing this grace adds a sense of unity and reverence to mealtime at camp, reinforcing the Scout’s commitment to being Reverent in a joyful way.

Edelweiss Grace

Reverence is a core Scout value, and grace before meals is a way to practice it. Grace songs are a suitable choice for Scouts with diverse faith backgrounds, promoting inclusivity. The Edelweiss Grace, sung to the tune of “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music, exemplifies this practice. It calls upon the Lord to bless friends and food, emphasizing peace and love. Its message is one of unity, growth, and the presence of the divine during mealtime. By using a familiar tune, it becomes accessible to Scouts, fostering a sense of reverence and togetherness before sharing a meal at camp or other Scout gatherings.

Auld Lang Syne Grace

The Auld Lang Syne Grace offers a heartfelt way to express gratitude before a meal, particularly suitable for Thanksgiving or Scout’s Own prayer services. Sung to the familiar tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” it acknowledges the bounty provided by the Lord and encourages continuous thanks and praise. This grace reminds Scouts to keep God in their hearts and express appreciation throughout their days, fostering a sense of reverence and thankfulness during mealtime or other gatherings. Its timeless melody and meaningful lyrics make it a fitting choice for special occasions when Scout values like Reverence and Gratitude are highlighted.

Holiday Songs for Scouts

Carve the Pumpkin Halloween Song

Carve the Pumpkin

“Carve the Pumpkin” offers a delightful way to bring some Halloween spirit to den meetings, pack meetings, class parties, or Halloween gatherings. Set to the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” it encourages participants to carve a spooky pumpkin face and display it with pride. Its playful lyrics and catchy melody make it suitable for all ages, including very young children, as it avoids any gory or frightening themes. It captures the essence of Halloween fun and the tradition of creating pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns to spook and delight friends, adding a festive touch to the celebration.

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Thanksgiving Song

The Thanksgiving Song is a delightful addition to Cub Scout meetings, especially during the Thanksgiving season. Set to the tune of “Frère Jacques,” its simplicity and catchy melody make it perfect for young Scouts. The repetitive structure encourages everyone to participate and sing along easily. Introducing it not only adds a festive element to gatherings but also imparts the spirit of Thanksgiving. Through its lyrics, Scouts are reminded of the significance of gratitude, family, and unity during this special holiday. It serves as a gentle way to instill these values and traditions in the hearts of young Scouts, making it a cherished part of Cub Scout meetings that promotes the essence of Thanksgiving.

Other Classic Songs for Scouts

Fish and Chips and Vinegar Song

Fish and Chips and Vinegar

“Fish and Chips and Vinegar” is a valuable addition to Scouting activities as it combines fun and education. Lyrics like these play a vital role in teaching important lessons about outdoor fun and conservation. They are catchy and memorable, making it easier for Scouts to grasp concepts related to environmental awareness, such as littering, recycling, and wildlife habitat protection. Singing together fosters camaraderie and unity among Scouts, emphasizing the power of collective action in making a positive impact on the environment. It embodies the theme of backyard fun and conservation, providing a valuable tool for teaching Scouts about the importance of caring for our surroundings and working together for a better world.

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Auld Lang Syne

“Auld Lang Syne” holds a special place in Scouting as it is traditionally sung to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the new year, symbolizing closure and fresh starts. The phrase “for auld lang syne” translates to “for old times’ sake,” emphasizing nostalgia and cherished memories. In the Scouting movement, it is often used to close significant events like jamborees, bringing Scouts together in reflection and unity. The lyrics invoke the spirit of camaraderie and kindness, making it a fitting choice for marking important transitions and fostering a sense of togetherness among Scouts.

I like bananas coconuts and grapes song

I Like Bananas, Coconuts, and Grapes

“I Like Bananas, Coconuts, and Grapes” is a spirited and interactive song that perfectly suits a Cub Scout meeting, especially for themes like the Jungle of Fun Cub Scout theme or campfire programs. Its catchy melody encourages participation with gestures and actions, making it enjoyable for both younger and older Scouts. Embracing its exuberance and humor creates a sense of unity and playfulness, making it a memorable moment for Cub Scouts. While the origins remain unknown, its enduring appeal lies in its simplicity and the joy it brings when sung in a group, making it a cherished part of Scout traditions with various variations.

Take Me Out to the Forest

“Take Me Out to the Forest” is a classic that’s perfect for campfires, hikes, or camping adventures. Set to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” it adds a playful twist to outdoor activities. It invites Scouts to embrace the wilderness, spot wildlife, and navigate using a compass while acknowledging the challenges of outdoor life. It’s a lighthearted and memorable way to celebrate the joys and occasional discomforts of nature, making it a beloved part of Scouting traditions.


“Rags” is a delightful and playful tune suitable for Cub Scout sing-alongs or pet-themed meetings. Sung to the tune of “Six Little Ducks,” it introduces Rags, an adorable and mischievous puppy. It describes Rags’ endearing traits, from his big floppy ears to his wiggly tail, and the way he moves in a zigzag pattern. Despite his disobedient tendencies, the song emphasizes the strong bond of love between the child and their beloved pet. It’s a fun and heartwarming addition to any gathering centered around pets or animals.

Songs to Help with Requirements

Trustworthy Tommy Song

Trustworthy Tommy

“Trustworthy Tommy” is a valuable tool for Scouts of all ages to learn and remember the twelve points of the Scout Law while understanding their meanings. Set to the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” it introduces Trustworthy Tommy, a Scout who embodies the Scout Law principles. It highlights each point, from being trustworthy and loyal to being courteous and reverent. By singing this, Scouts can reinforce their commitment to these values and internalize the essence of the Scout Law, promoting good character and ethical behavior within the scouting community.

Square Knot Song and Overhand Knot Song

Marianna from Pack 377 in Fort Meade, MD, has creatively composed two songs to help teach her Wolf Scouts about square knots and overhand knots. As an early childhood coach and a dedicated Den Leader, she understands the power of music in education. The “Square Knot Song,” set to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” simplifies the process of tying a square knot, while the “Overhand Knot Song,” sung to the melody of “Over There,” makes learning the overhand knot fun and memorable. These not only enhance knot-tying skills but also add an enjoyable and engaging element to the learning process for young Scouts, making it easier for them to remember these essential skills.

the germ song

The Germ Song for Germs Alive!

The Germ Song is a practical and engaging tool to teach Wolf Scouts about proper handwashing. Sung to the familiar tune of “Happy Birthday,” it provides a fun way for young Scouts to ensure they wash their hands thoroughly. By repeating it twice while washing, they can measure the appropriate duration for effective hand cleaning. It emphasizes the importance of cleanliness, reinforcing the values of cleanliness and health in the Scouting experience. It’s a simple yet effective method to instill good hygiene habits in young Scouts while making it an enjoyable and memorable experience. This is the song used in the Wolf Germs Alive! adventure.


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