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Scout Songs on Youtube July 18, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,

Songs are an important part of the Scouting program. Hopefully you CubsSinging are a pack that sings Scout songs. If you aren’t singing, you are missing a wonderful part of the Scouting program. I have a feeling that this is one of the toughest areas for a leader to do if they (like me) aren’t a good singer.

You don’t need to be a musician or have a decent voice to bring songs to your Scout meetings and campouts. Thankfully the boys are very forgiving in this matter, and if you are worried about what the parents think – then make them a song partner! And don’t forget your parent survey forms – we had a mom in my den who sang at her church, and was our song leader until she moved away.

One of the difficulties of songs is knowing how the melody goes. That’s where Youtube.com can come to the rescue! Just do a search for your favorite Scout song, and there’s a chance that someone recorded this at a meeting or campout and has posted a video on the site.

If there’s a song I want to learn, and it’s on Youtube, I will download the video off of the site and put it on my iPod.  (I use a 3rd party software for this – look for “Youtube download software” as a Google search or at Download.com for help with this). Then I will listen to it in the car and even sing along until I get it down. Yes, I sing in the car – there, I said it 🙂

As an example, here are some of my favorite Scout songs on Youtube:

Ghost Chickens in the Sky – this might be tough for the younger guys to sing.

Crazy Moose Song – a favorite of mine, and this rendition rocks!

Scout Vespers – I’m not sure I like how this version ends, however.

Mother Gooney Bird – our pack sang this one all the time.

The Grand Old Duke of York – I’d never try this choreography, though!

Now the video quality of these are usually poor, and you might not get the whole song, but you get to hear the song sung the way (hopefully) it’s supposed to be sung.

Here are a couple of sights you can go to for listing and lyrics of good Scout songs:

Macscouter.com/songs/

Scoutsongs.com

Boyscouttrail.com/songs.asp

Official BSA Cub Scout Songbook at Scoutstuff.org

Don’t forget the three rules of fun Cub Scout songs:

  • Whenever possible, sing the song three times
  • Sing the song louder each time
  • Sing the song faster each time (the last time is usually too fast to hear)

But if you are singing a Scout song – beware! You could end up on Youtube!

In Scouting,

 – Scouter Jeff <><

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