With "J" as our letter in the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, this is what popped into my head. Once there, I could not get rid of it. So I decided to write about it.
For those of you who grew up in a vacuum, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is a fictional character in a traditional children's song, typically sung at a summer camp or scout camp. This is one of many songs we sang around a campfire in the evening, at Scout meetings (I was a Boy Scout leader and a Campfire Girls leader), or hiking on trails.
Other songs included in our camp repertoire included:
- "Ears Hung Low,"
- "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (sung as a round),
- "Dem Bones,"
- "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,"
- "On Top of Spaghetti,"
- "This Land is Your Land,"
- "If You're Happy and You Know It,"
- "Head and Shoulders (Knees and Toes),"
- "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" (alternate sitting and standing every time you come to a word that starts with the letter "b",
- "Happy Wanderer,"
- "Vive L'Amour,"
- "We're Here Because We're Here,"
- "Hokey Pokey,"
- "Grand Old Duke of York,"
- "Green Grass Grew All Around,"
- "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain,"
- "Ants Go Marching Song,"
- "Goin' on a Lion Hunt,"
- "My Boy Scout Hat,"
- "There's a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza,"
- "What Did Delaware Boys?"
- "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,"
- "Ravioli" (sung to Alouette),
- "Shaving Cream,"
- "Kum Ba Yah" (usually the last song as the campfire embers died down)
Do any of them ring a bell with you? What other songs did you sing in camp or in Scouts?