Troop Songs and Yells

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Troop songs and yells were part of the bonding but very few have lasted. A general example, a call and response song, adapted to most names and frequently chanted is ‘Everywhere we go’.

Everywhere we go-o
Pe-ople always ask us
Who we a-are
And where we come from
So we tell them
We're from Cambridge
Mighty, mighty Cambridge
And if they can't hear us
We sing a little louder
(Repeat, get louder each time until you reach your limit)
And if they can't hear us
They must be DEAF!!!!

The one local example, recalled in September 2020 by Donald Halls, of the 9th Cambridge (Queens’) of C T Wood. It is original doggerel, the Troop song

Oh to be a wandering Scout 
Oh to wander free
But of all the Troops in the Cambridge Group
The 9th, the 9th for me

C T Wood also taught them some ‘Greek’ songs whose transliteration, as recalled by Donald, has come down in the single line

Hi Polly Ti Polly Tasti Polly Ti Polly Ta

In 1951 Association Camp Fire the ”Cambridge Yell” and the ”SOS Yell” are entered as items. No details of the Yell are attached.

Pre WW1 the 12th Cambridge record

And for the 1911 BP visit (to the tune of the new hit ‘Oh I do like to be beside the sea side’)

JWR Archivist Sept 2020