13 Summer Camp-inspired Records

Today is Record Store Day, a day to celebrate the local record store and the pastime of collecting records so I thought it would be a good time to round up some vinyl album covers with a summer camp theme.


This 1988 Camp Song Sing-Along record from The Maranatha Kids features 38 Christian song favorites for camp sing alongs like “This Little Light,” “Do Lord,” “Give Me Oil In My Lamp” and more.


John Raitt’s Songs The Kids Brought Home From Camp was originally released on vinyl in 1960. It was reissued in 2011. It features songs like “Old McDonald Had A Car,” “A Frog Went A Courting” and more.

The Sounds of Camp was released by Smithsonian Folkways in 1959 and features the sounds of children at Camp Killooleet in Vermont during the summer of 1958.

Summer Camp Songs was released in 1961 by RCA VIctor and features camp song classics like “This Old Man,” “Oh Susanna” “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain” and more.


This is the record cover for the 1964 version of Allan Sherman’s classic song “Hello Muddah, Hell Fadduh.”


C’mon You Campers Let’s All Sing is a 1958 release from The Marty Gold Children’s Choir features campfire favorites like “Clementine,” “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” and “Alouette.”


This is a 45 released in 1975 featuring the “Triple R Song” from the Mickey Mouse Club’s ranch camp serial Spin and Marty.


This is a 45 rpm record I had trouble finding any information about beyond what’s on the cover.


This is another Girl Guides Association of Victoria 45 rpm record I had trouble finding details about.


Songs of Camp is a 1959 recording at Sprout Lake Camp from Smithsonian Folkways featuring songs like “Ship Titanic,” “You Can’t Get to Heaven,” “Counselor Wrestle Blues” and more.


The 1956 recording Folk Songs For Camp by The Wagoners features camp songs like “Who Did Swallow Jonah,” “Train Is A-Coming,” “Crawdad Song” and more.


Around the Campfire is a 1950 release compiled by Marion Abeson and sung by the Gene Lowell Chorus featuring “jolly camp songs every child loves” like “Dinah,” “Killy Killy,” “For It’s Always Fair Weather” and more.


Camp Favorites by the Campers was released in the early ’60s and features an uncredited Phil Ochs in his first commercial record appearance. The album is extremely rare.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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