My Favourite Part of Camp: Campfire

A common question that new campers and new parents ask me is, “What is your favourite thing at camp?” For anyone who knows me (even a little bit) they know that my answer will be immediate: my favourite part of camp is Campfire!

At Campfire we do a few different things. We sing songs together; we watch skits being performed; our Option 2 Vocal Music group of campers might get up to perform the song they have been learning; or campers learning Martial Arts may demonstrate their new skills in order to receive a coloured belt. It really is a celebration of everything that is great about camp.

When I lead the Opening Campfire on the first night of each session, I let the campers and counsellors know that I have a couple requests of them. The first is that when someone stands up in front of the group, this is a scary thing, and so we must show them as much respect as possible. That means that when someone asks you to sing along, you should try to sing along. Or, when someone asks you to stand up, you shouldn’t stand up with a grumble, but you should leap up and maybe even say enthusiastically, “I LOVE standing up!”.

My second request is that they give themselves permission to be a little bit silly – to try something new, and to have a lot of fun with it. Our campfire is a safe place, and so it’s a great place to try having a lot of fun with a goofy campfire song.

Speaking of goofy campfire songs, why don’t we do one right now?!

Repeat after me!

Alllllllligator!
Alllllllligator!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator is my friend.
He can be your friend, too.
If people would just understand,
that he needs friendship, too.

Alllllllligator!
Alllllllligator!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator read my book.
He can read your book, too.
If people would just understand,
that he needs knowledge, too.

Alllllllligator!
Alllllllligator!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

The alligator ate my friend …
He could eat your friend, too …
If people would just understand,
that he needs protein, too.

Alllllllligator!
Alllllllligator!
Can be your friend, can be your friend, can be your friend, too.

Thanks for joining me! See you every Wednesday night at the Campfire!

About the Author
Geoff Grimmett

Geoff Grimmett

Geoff has worked at Camp Kodiak for many years as a Head Counsellor, Academic Head, Theatre Director and now as the Assistant Director. He is a certified high school teacher, with specialisation in English and Theatre and has worked in the camp industry for almost 15 years.