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Back to Gilwell

found in "The Second Gilwell Campfire Book" by John Thurmond and Rex Hazelwood. Origins are obscure (any info appreciated.)

This song is sung at every Wood Badge and every Wood Badge reunion.

Camp Ballad

00:00 / 00:31

We were going back to Wood Badge,

and then someone got the flu.

So now we've delayed camping

and I don't know what to do.

I'm feeling kind of lonely,

'cause instead of five, we're four.

But we're going to work our tickets if we can.

Back to Gilwell, happy land—

'til COVID-19 messed up all our plans.

I used to be a Beaver,

and a good ol’ Beaver too,

But now I’m finished Beavering,

(and) I don’t know what to do.

I’m growing old and feeble,

And I can Beaver no more,

So I’m going to work my ticket if I can.


Back to Gilwell, happy land;

I’m going to work my ticket if I can.


Insert patrol names in order

Beaver Beavering

Bobwhite Bobwhiting

Eagle Eagling

Fox Foxing

Owl Owling

Bear Bearing

Buffalo Buffaloing

Antelope Anteloping

Staffer Staffing

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