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March 26, 2013


What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event where global citizens promote environmentally friendly change. People attend rallies, concerts and community gatherings all over the world for a renewed effort to make the planet a more sustainable and healthy place to live. The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Today it is celebrated each year on the 22nd of April.

More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.


This month I wanted to create an “Earth Day” Campfire to help everyone remember just how blessed we are to live on this pretty planet. 



In Tune With Mother Nature

If you listen for the songbirds
As they greet the summer sun
And love the way the wind can make
The trees sings just for fun.

If you like to hear the ocean
As it drums upon the shore
And imagine all the whales out there
And hope they'll sing some more.

If you think of all the animals
As players in a band
Each with a lovely tune to play
All needed on the land.

And know that as a boy or girl
A woman or a man
You have a vital role to play
In Mother Nature's plan.

If you honor every living thing
As a part of nature's treasure
You're in tune with Mother Nature
So let's all sing her song together.

Hope you have a great “EARTH MONTH.”


Take Care

Guider Dusk (Dawn)



 Campfire Planning Sheet




April ___, 2013



Campfire Leader:




Campfire Theme:

Earth Day



Time Allowed:

60 minutes



Official Opening:

Poem – Earth Day


Tall Trees (4-Part Round)



Well Known Song:

Something to Sing About



Round Songs:

Listen to the Earth (4-Part Round)


I Like the Flowers (4-Part Round)



Part Song:

Tyrolean Trampling Song (2-Part Song) - Switzerland



Action Song:

Listen to the Water



Fun Song:

Five Green and Speckled Frogs




Gathering of Nuts




Tree Cheer



Quieter Songs:

Inch by Inch


Like the Eagle


This Pretty Planet (3-Part Round)




The Rain Song


Hindi Song



Vespers & Taps:

Night is Falling






Earth Day – Jane Yolen


I am the Earth

And the Earth is me.

Each blade of grass,

Each honey tree,

Each bit of mud,

And stick and stone

Is blood and muscle,

Skin and bone.


And just as I

Need every bit

Of me to make

My body fit,

So Earth needs

Grass and stone and tree

And things that grow here



That’s why we

Celebrate this day.

That’s why across

The world we say:

As long as life,

As dear, as free,

I am the Earth

And the Earth is me.



Tall Trees  (4-Part Round)


Tall trees that reach the sky

Mountains and lakes nearby

Draw near, my friends, come sing, my friends

Our campfire time is nigh



Something to Sing About – Oscar Brand


I have walked on the sands of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland

Lazed on the ridge of the Miramichi

Seen the waves tear and roar on the stone coast of Labrador

Watched them roll back to the Great Northern Sea



From the Vancouver Island to the Alberta Highland

'Cross the Prairies, the lakes to Ontario's towers

From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes, up to the Maritimes

Something to sing about, this land of ours


I have welcomed the dawn from the fields of Saskatchewan

Followed the sun to the Vancouver shore

Watched it climb shiny new up the snow peaks of Caribou

Up to the clouds where the wild Rockies soar

I have heard the wild wind sing the places that I have been

Bay Bull and Red Deer and Strait of Belle Isle

Names like Grand Mere and Silverthorne

Moose Jaw and Marrowbone,

Trails of the pioneer, named with a smile

I have wandered my way to the wild wood of Hudson Bay

Treated my toes to Quebec's morning dew

Where the sweet summer breeze kissed the leaves of the maple trees

Sharing this song that I'm singing to you

Yes there's something to sing about, tune up a string about

Call out in chorus or quietly hum

Of a land that’s still young, with a ballad that's still unsung

Telling the promise of great things to come



Listen to the Earth (4-Part Round) – Dorothy Lind


Listen to the Earth; it's singing to me.

Hear all nature's harmony.

Waterfalls and raindrops, wind and sea.

Sing the song of the Earth to me.



I Like the Flowers (4-Part Round)


I like the flowers, I love the daffodils,

I like the mountains, I love the rolling hills

I like the fireside, when all the lights are low,


Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom-ti-ar-a, Boom



Tyrolean Trampling Song (2-Part Song) - Switzerland


Tra la la la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la la la.



Listen to the Water – Bob Schneider

Chorus:        Listen to the water, listen to the water
                        Rolling down the river
                        Listen to the water, listen to the water
                        Rolling down the river.

We saw some birds by the waterside,

Saw some birds by the waterside,
We saw some birds by the waterside,
Oh, oh, by the waterside
Oh, oh, by the waterside.

We saw some fish by the waterside...


We saw some ducks by the waterside...


We saw some flowers by the waterside...



Five Green and Speckled Frogs


Five green and speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating the most delicious bugs


One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Now there are four green speckled frogs.


Four green and speckled frogs....

Three green and speckled frogs….

Two green and speckled frogs….

One green and speckled frog….

No green and specked frogs….



Gathering of Nuts



I am the famous artist, Vincent Van Go Go. I have come here this

evening at great expense to create one of my living nature paintings

which will express the atmosphere of this camp! First I am going to

need some trees. (Two trees are selected from the participants in

the audience, and are directed where to stand. They wave their

 arms gently.)



Now I will need some birds to twitter among the trees. (Three birds

are selected and they move around the trees making twittering




(Stands back to view scene) Perhaps a sun to shine on everything.

(A tall participant stands on a bench and smiles brightly.)



(Again viewing) It's not right yet. I know, some rabbits hopping

around.  (Some Leaders are chosen for rabbits)



One last touch. A babbling brook. Unit Leader, will you be the brook,

 you're always babbling? (The brook takes his place.)



(Turns to audience) There it is, another Vincent Van Go Go original

nature scene. I call it "The Gathering of the Nuts."




Leader:                      Was it a bush?

Group:                       NO

Leader:                      Was it a flower?

Group:                       NO

Leader:                      Was it a weed?

Group:                       NO

Leader:                      Was it grass?

Group:                       NO

Leader:                      Was it a tree?

Group:                       Yes! It was Tree-mendous!



Inch by Inch – David Mallett



Inch by inch, row by row

Gonna make this garden grow

All it takes is a rake and a hoe

And a piece of fertile ground

Inch by inch, row by row

Someone bless these seeds I sow

Someone warm them from below

'Til the rain comes tumbling down           


Pulling weeds and pickin' stones
Man is made from dreams and bones
Feel the need to grow my own
'Cause the time is close at hand

Grain for grain, sun and rain
Find my way in nature's chain
To my body and my brain
To the music from the land

Plant your rows straight and long
Thicker than with pray'r and song
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her love and care

Old crow watchin' hungrily
From his perch in yonder tree
In my garden I'm as free
As that feathered thief up there



Like the Eagle – Brandis Purcell


Born in the mountains, the wind blowing free;

Given by nature the wisdom to see,

Power to heal and the strength to command;

Child of our native land.



Fly high, like the eagle, be strong like the eagle,

See far, like the eagle live long

When we come together in harmony,

Like the eagle, we’ll be strong and free!


Circling and wheeling and climbing the sky;

Looking at life with a far seeing eye,

Searching and seeking and finding it there;

Spirit of Earth and Air.


One sky above us and one earth below;

Life all around us in things that we know.

Nothing to shadow the light of the sun;

Everywhere we are one.



This Pretty Planet (3-Part Round) – John Forster & Tom Chapin


This pretty planet spinning through space
You’re a garden, you’re a harbour
You’re a holy place
Golden Sun going down
Gentle blue giant, spin us around
All through the night
Safe till the morning light.



The Rain Song – Navajo Indian


Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah


Conish, conish par lo shay chic a bin chic a bin pah ko kay

Conish, conish par lo shay chic a bin chic a bin pah ko kay


This is a Navajo prayer for rain. The tapping rhythm accompanies only the first section and is very soft. It is made by two beats on the thigh, then a triplet and one beat, tapped by two fingers on the opposite palm. At the end of the song, after a moment’s silence, the rain is heard. Following the leader’s timing all rub hands together, then clap softly, getting louder and ending by clapping on thighs.




Kis nay ban a ya phool o ko, phool o ko, phool o ko?

Kis nay ban a ya phool o ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.


Kis nay ban a ya cherry o ko, cherry o ko, cherry o ko?

Kis nay ban a ya cherry o ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.


Kis nay ban a ya machlyo ko, machlyo ko, machlyo ki?

Kis nay ban a ya machlyo ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.


Kis nay ban a ya tharo ko, tharo ko, tharo ko?

Kis nay ban a ya tharo ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.


Kis nay ban a ya thoom ko mooch ko, thoom ko mooch ko, thoom ko mooch ko?

Kis nay ban a ya thoom ko mooch ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.




Night is falling,

Stars are bright.

Have I said my last good-night?

Lord above look down on me

And help me through the night.


Thank you for a lovely day.

Thank you for showing me the way.

Thank you for all you have given me,

Good-night, O Lord, good-night.





Day is done

Gone the sun

From the lake,

From the hills,

From the sky,

All is well

Safely rest

God is nigh.


This Pretty Planet