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Sing like a camel

Perform ‘Alice the Camel’ around the campfire to lift spirits and build friendships.
Plan a session with this activity


Before you begin

  • Make sure you know the words, tunes, and actions to some simple, upbeat songs.
  • Young Leaders often have the confidence to lead these songs.

 Perform ‘Alice the Camel’

  1. The person leading the group introduces ‘Alice the Camel’ by singing the first verse with actions. It might be easier if helpers join in.
  2. They should hold up five fingers during the first line and add a knee bend every time they say the number.
  3. Everyone else sings the first line back.
  4. Repeat the process until the end of the verse.
  5. Everyone should together sing ‘boom boom boom’ after ‘Go, Alice go’, swinging their hips left and right with each ‘boom’.
  6. The person leading the group should hold up four fingers and sing verse two and so on until the final line: ‘so Alice was a horse!’.


This activity brings the group together because everyone can join in. Singing together is also a real mood-lifter, especially if people are feeling grumpy. Everyone should think about what they most enjoyed about singing with their friends and whether they felt nervous. It’s normal to feel anxious but once everyone starts singing, the nerves tend to go.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.