Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mystery Solved!

In my last post, I asked if anyone had any idea from whence sprang the song sung at Camp Ajawah as "If You Want to be a Boy Scout."  I asked the same thing on the Summer Camp Songs Facebook page and am glad to say someone provided an answer

It came from one state over, as a song played by the University of Wisconsin marching band at football games.  Someone at some point simply substituted the words "Boy Scout" for "Badger."

In 1919, U of W professor Julian Olson wrote the words for IYWTBAB for an alumni dinner and asked the school's musical director, Charles Mills, to set the lyrics to music.  Without further ado, here is an instrumental version...


And a vocal version:

 

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