As far as I can tell, there is no ranking of the most popular American
camp songs of today. But I did find several web sites that list
favorite camp songs and that I think you may find useful in creating
your own songlist.
One of the best of these was a site found through the search terms:
camp counselor songs. The ?Philmont Song Book? is contained within a
website that is a compendium of all kinds of good ideas for summer
Click on Philmont Song Book. This collection of classic campfire songs
that never seem to lose their appeal includes chord changes. Philmont
appears to be a Boy Scout camp, but the collection is by no means
limited to ?scouting songs.? All would be appropriate for the 10-18
Another site I liked very much, and that I believe you will find useful, is:
Christy?s campfire songs collection is large and growing larger by the
day, as people send her their favorite songs. A number of the lyrics
are set to well-known melodies (like ?Turkey in the Straw?) and
Christy has provided a MIDI of the melody for a number of the songs.
Another excellent site for general camp ideas and activities,
including music, is the website of Camp Rena:
If you are interested in ordering reasonably priced songbooks, you can
do so through this site.
I hope this helps. Happy Camping!