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July Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 9, Issue 12
August Theme

Circle the Wagons
Webelos Naturalist and Forester
  Tiger Cub Activites



Song tip from Commissioner Dave  - The York-Adams Council Pow Wow Book CD has a folder with a lot of midi files for the most popular Scouting tunes.  This will give you something to play to help you lead the song.  It will help prevent a problem like I had this year teaching “The Scout Who Never Returned,” so many leaders are so young that they never even heard of The Kingston Trio let alone that song!!! Their website is www.yaac-bsa.org

The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Heart of America Council

HOAC suggested using this song as a closing, introducing it with following words – “To close our Circle the wagons theme, lets sing about a famous scout and pioneer.”

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,

Greenest state in the land of the free,

Raised in the woods, so's he knew ev'ry tree,

Kilt him a bar when he was only three.

Davy, Davy Crockett, the man of the wild frontier.

In 1813, the Creeks up rose,

Addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes,

Now, Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows,

So he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes.

Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear.

Off through the woods he's a marchin' along,

Making up yarns an' singin' a song,

Itchin' fer fightin' an' righin' a wrong,

He's big as a bar and twice't as strong.

Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer.

His land is biggest an' his land is best,

From grassy plains to the mountain crest,

He's ahead of us all a meetin' the test,

Following his legend into the west.

Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.

From Commissioner Dave - There are actually 30 plus verses to this song.  Having been 6 years old when Walt Disney put Davy Crockett on the air, I have the sheet music, a song sheet with all the verses, multiple recordings of the song, the LP that tells his story, the new Disney DVD with all 6 episodes (Of course, I know the three with Mike Fink are made up but the original three are true), and the Little Golden Book (with the 25 cent price).  I also have several coonskin caps (but none real or original)  Give me an angle in a theme, and I can work in Davy Crockett!

Wagon Train Song

Viking Council

 (Tune: If you're Happy and You Know it)

Won't you come along and join the wagon train?
Won't you come along and join the wagon train?
We will blaze the trail before us,
And will sing this western chorus.
Won't you come along and join the wagon train?

Home on The Range

Heart of America Council

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam

Where the dear and the antelope play.

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the skies are not cloudy all day

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play.

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Fun On the Range

Heart of America Council

(tune: Home on the range)

Oh give me a home where the Webelos roam

And the wolves and the Bears like to play,

Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word

And the Tigers Cubs wrestle all day

Home, home, on the range

Where the Den Leaders smell kind of strange.

Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word,

And the Pack is at home on the range.


Happy Wanderer

Heart of America Council

I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track

And as I go, I love to sing. My knapsack on my back


Valderi, valdera, valderi, valderha, ha,ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Valderi, valdera, my knapsack on my back.

I wave my hat to all I meet and they wave back to me

And black birds call so loud and sweet from every greenwood tree.

Chorus:  … from every greenwood tree

Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die

Oh, may I always laugh and sing beneath God's clear blue sky.

Chorus:  …beneath God’s clear blue sky

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Heart of America Council

The stars at night are big and bright

Deep in the heart of Texas.

Reminds me of the one I love,

Deep in the heart of Texas.

The prairie sky is wide and high,

Deep in the heart of Texas.

The cowboys cry "K-YIP-PE-Y"

 Deep in the heart of Texas.

Oh, Susannah

Heart of America Council

Oh, I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee

I'm goin' to Louisiana, my true love for to see.

It rained all night, the day I left, the weather, it was dry.

The sun so hot, I froze to death, Susannah don't you cry.

Oh, Susannah, don't you cry for me.

For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee.

 Wagons, Ho!

Viking Council

One of the important ways to travel during the settlement of the west was the covered wagon. Give the boys a chance to recreate this adventure by practicing this chant several times until the boys can experience the rhythm and feel of the rolling wagons.

Let's go across the country
Life folks did so long ago,
Hitch-up the team
Let's pack the covered wagon,
Get inside, Wagons, Ho!

Roll on across the prairie,
Tall grass swishing by,
Swish, Swish, Swish, Swish.

Roll on through the river,
Water splashing at our wheels,
Splash, Splash, Splash, Splash.

Roll on over mountains,
Foot hills rumble by,
Rumble, Rumble, Rumble, Rumble.

Roll on to the new land,
Clear the forest, build a home.
Journey's ended. We are settlers.

This was wilderness. Now we're home!



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