Re: Forbidden Songs??
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 11:59:52 EDT
Chris Schmidt <CSCHMIDT@DISNEY.IMAGE.KODAK.COM> writes:
> I was reading through my digest this morning when I came
>upon Chris Soghoian's post for Camp Songs. It reminded me of a
>situation I was in at camp last summer when one of our patrols
>wanted to do a song at the campfire. Their first song was turned
>down, "Because we can't sing that song at Scout Camp anymore!"
> Soooo, My question would be: Is there a list of approved
>Scout Song and is there a list of tabu songs???
There exists no ONE "master list" of songs which cannot be performed
at a campfire program, Chris. There are some songs which are
inappropriate for performance in "mixed company", as well as there are
some songs which cannot be sung because they make fun of ethnic,
religious or sexual groups. You can figure out what songs THOSE are.
There are also some songs, like my Troop's Anthem when I was
Scoutmaster at Fort Knox, which cannot be sung anymore either. While
I personally don't see what's wrong with a Troop singing "Pink
Pajamas", I can see where some parents would object to their sons
singing about "jumping in between the sheets with nothing on at all!".
However, the Troop chose that song because the tune was easy, lends
itself to marching (the tune to the song is the same as the Battle
Hymn of the Republic), and every kid can sing (more like YELL) the
refrain "Glory, Glory Hallulah..." with as much gusto and enthusiam
(which, after all, is why the BSA included that song along with many
others in the _Scout_Songbook_ over the years!)
And another "tradition" of that Troop went away, only to be remembered
in "old timers'" stories about the early history of that Troop.
Your local Council is probably the best determinor of which songs are
"PC" for *your* Council's setting. It's always a great idea to have
the songs screened by the Camp Director or the Program Director prior
to performance. And those folks should have enough chutzpah to
remember that it's ONLY a SONG, and that many of those songs have been
sung (yelled, belted, screamed) by Scouts way before the era of
While living in Augusta, Georgia, I ran across a Troop which sang the
Dixie Hymn ("Look away, look away....Dixieland") as their Troop's
song. When they went to the Council's summer camp, they sang the song
during a campfire program and got a lot of abuse from other campers
that week (half were black and didn't appreciate *that* particular
song). The next week, they went to a camp in South Carolina and sang
the same song to a rousing applause, including that from the two black
Troops there. You tell me whether or not the song's appropriate or not.
Personally, I don't really care WHAT the song is...what I object to is
a bunch of kids trying to sing a song and half of them are off-key and
the other half trying to "Bogart" the song by singing it as wildly as
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