CAMP KNUTSON - Yes, such places do exist in Minnesota. As a director of Jeanette Holm Knutson Camp (i.e. Camp Knutson), I led many rousing songs after meals - interactive ones on rainy days, and those melancholy ones late at night around the campfire. It seems there are songs for just about any occasion at a camp, and placed between reveille and taps they can turn the day into a sort of Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.
My personal favorites run the gamut from old rounds like Scotland's Burning to the morbid Titanic and the interactive Old McDonald Had a Zoo where each dinner table would act like a different animal.
After some ten years of song leading, I saw the need to retire a few of the songs so we sang them one last time and buried them complete with headstones and flowers. Michael Row Your Boat Ashore; Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and Cumbaya have probably been resurrected by camp directors since, but perhaps they have buried a few of their own tired tunes.
Camp songs still play an important part in my life and occasionally I'll break into song at the nursing home where I now work, singing about The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and other appropriate tunes our residents know.
Mike Muehlbach (MM), Minneapolis, MN
P.S. Thank you all for submitting your songs. I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me - remembering the old chestnuts as well as being introduced to some new ones or different verses of the same song.