Scout Campfire Songbook

This is a collection of campfire songs, originally created for the Scouts South Africa website. Many of these songs are well known to millions of English-speaking Scouts and other singers around the world. We hope you enjoy singing them at your campfire!

South African Songs

These songs are South African campfire songs - not just songs sung at campfires in South Africa, but songs which come from South Africa itself.

Catch the African beat...

Action songs

Early in the campfire it's time to loosen up, wave the arms around, jump up and down! Nothing like an action song to get the campfire going.

Dance around with us...

All about camping

If you're camping, why not sing about camping?

Get your billy on the boil...


Traditional Scout songs    

These songs mention Scouting in some way, or are especially traditional at Scout campfires.

Sing along with us...

Call and response

Not everyone knows the words, but that doesn't matter in these simple songs, because the leader will tell you what to sing!

Follow the leader and sing along...

Around the world

It's a big wide world but some great songs can help bring us closer together. Here are some classics from the countries of the world.

Catch a ticket to the world...

Spiritual songs

A few well known campfire songs with a religious message. Perfect for the contemplative part of the campfire, when the flames are dying down a bit and you want to sing something with meaning.

Catch the spirit...

Teams sing the verses

OK, I want everyone on the left to sing the first verse, and everyone on the right to sing the next one, and see who can outdo the others!

I bet we can sing louder than them...