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5 Silly Camp Songs to Engage Older Adults

Summer has FINALLY arrived in Ohio. I love the hot weather of summer. This season offers so many great themes for my music therapy groups with older adults and those with dementia. One of my favorite themed groups to do is Camp Songs. I love to hear the residents retell their experiences with summer camp…good and bad. I often hear tales of fishing swimming, sleeping in tents, and cooking over an open fire. In most cases, these campfire memories are not complete without a good old sing-along.

It is at this point in the group that I like to pull out a variety of silly songs I learned one summer at camp. Most of these songs are familiar to the residents, but occasionally I stump them with a new-found gem. Here are five silly camp songs to use when connecting with loved ones, older adults, and those with Alzheimer’s and dementia:

1. Alice Where Are You Going?

2. Baby Bumblebee

3. Once An Austrian Went Yodeling

4. Grandma’s In the Cellar

5. Found A Peanut

BONUS: And here is the ultimate camp song:
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

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