The Happy Wanderer

So many camp songs seem to have been forgotten.  I’d love to help bring them back.  I think they bring the staff together, help improve morale, and increase dedication to the camp and to the experience.  Camp songs are also just plain fun.

I realize this past weekend at camp that many of my favorites seem to have been forgotten.  Brian Hackworth and I led one of my favorites (although, yes, I do have a lot of favorites) at dinner pass-out on Sunday night.  It’s called “The Happy Wanderer”:

I love to go a wandering
Along the mountain track
And as I go I love to sing
My knapsack on my back

Chorus:
Valderi, Valdera, Valderi
Vader-ha-ha-ha-ha
Valderi, Valdera,
My knapsack on my back

Chorus

I wave my hand to all I see
And they wave back to me (Hi there)
And the black birds call so loud and sweet
From every greenwood tree (With spirit)

Chorus

Oh may I go a wandering
Until the day I die (He’s dead)
And may I always laugh and sing
Beneath God’s clear blue skies (‘Till the end)
Beneath God’s clear blue skies

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About Joel Portman
Network Builder. Diversity and Inclusion Advocate. Social Media Enthusiast. Lover of family, friends, the outdoors, travel, and learning. I have experience working in the healthcare, education, diversity/inclusion, retail, and non-profit industries with organizations ranging in size from five people to Fortune 500. I am an MBA graduate of the University of Denver.

2 Responses to The Happy Wanderer

  1. Paul Winter says:

    I know that song (The Happy Wanderer) from when I was a scout, but I don’t think I have ever heard that middle verse. It is one of my favorites as well.

    I have been enjoying reading a few of your posts about life at S-F. I just got back from a week there on Saturday.

    Good luck after you graduate and join the ‘real world’!

    Paul W.
    Scoutmaster, Troop 98

    • Joel Portman says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you are enjoying my posts. I’ll look forward to bumping into you again before too long.

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