Poems & Songs

by Christine McKinney, Troop 152, Lexington, OH

Every Now and Then

 

Every now and then I wonder
As I walk down the rocky lane,
How many boys have done the same,
Hiked to the cabin for fun and games

 

Every now and then, when it takes courage to lead my peers,
I feel a hand upon my shoulder and in my ear I hear
"It's OK son, you can do it, you have nothing to fear"

 

That little bit of encouragement helped me through my test.
I went to see who helped me, to tell "I did my best".
But no one said they helped me.  They said I was on my own.


I told the strange story to my mom for she'd know what to do
She said, "Honey,  don't you know, an old Scoutmaster has come to you.
Past Scoutmasters from the troop you belong
May get old and bent and Oh, so gray,
but they never die or go away.
Their scouting spirit was so strong
That they are always there to help you along".

 

Every now and then, as I kneel to give my thanks
I pray for every Scoutmaster who has helped me with my ranks
I pray the Lord to bless them and to whisper in their soul
That they made a difference to a boy, I achieved my goal.

 

Inspired by the scouts of  Troop #152, Lexington, OH
Written by Christine McKinney


 

Ballad of the Summer Camp Survival Song

 (Ballad of the Green Beret)

 

We are leaders of our tribe,

Fearless men you can not bribe ……………pull twinkies or blue cards out of pockets


 

 

No first year scout will escape our clutch


 

 

While working for our Survival Patch……………….point to Scoutmaster patch etc

 

CHORUS (hummers hum), (for leaders who can't/won't sing)

Colored knots upon our chest……………….point to knots on shirt

We're Type A’s, America’s best

We won't allow any scout to snatch

Our chance to earn the Survival Patch

 

We are trained, we have no pride

Desperate men, we try to guide

 Scouts not to do the public scratch…………………..scratch

While tying to earn our Survival Patch

 

CHORUS (hummers hum)

Colored knots upon our chest

We're Type A’s, America’s best

We won't allow any scout to snatch

Our chance to earn the Survival Patch

 

 

Trained to live off one pot stew

Trained to drink bug juice glue

Summer camp may make us twitch…………………..twitch

All to get the Survival Patch

 

CHORUS

Colored knots upon our chest

We're Type A’s, America's best

We won't allow any scout to snatch

Our chance to earn the Survival Patch

 

Back at home, spouses ask and wait

How many scouts did we sedate?....................big prescription bottles, big plastic hammers,

To make it through this final match

 

To come home with the Survival Patch

 

CHORUS

Colored knots upon our chest

We're Type A’s, America's best

We won't allow any scout to snatch

Our chance to earn the Survival Patch

 

When we die, and laid to rest………………fold arms over chest/pull fake flower out of  pocket

We have this one final request

Make our scouts have son’s to catch

Make them earn their Survival patch!

Written by Christine McKinney, Lexington, OH for my first summer camp!

 

Summer Camp Leader Cheers

 

Where’s my coffee

Where’s my iced tea

Where’s the aspirin for my knees

Where are all my parolees

Lunacy! Lunacy! Lunacy!!

 

Where’s my coffee, bring me three

Where’s the sea and my palm tree

Summer camp is lunacy

Where are my parolees?

Whoopie! Whoopie! Whoopie !!

 

 

 

Where’s my coffee

Where’s my iced tea

Where’s the aspirin for my knees

Vitamin B! Vitamin B! Vitamin B!!!

 

 

Where’s my coffee

Where’s my tea

Where’s the aspirin for my knees

Excedrin! Excedrin! Excedrin!!

 


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