Let's Celebrate - A grab-bag of spiritual ideas for Scouting

This interdenominational Christian book was published by the National Council of Boy Scouts of Canada in 1974.

It was compiled Rev Don Laing, at that time a minister of Bethel United Church in Saskatoon and vice-president of the National Council of Scouts, Canada, from materials he assembled for a Master's thesis.

As well as 32 English-language"songs for celebration" (ie hymns) which are listed below, the book has considerable sections about the role of religion in scouting, and ideas for programmes and services.   Some form of musical score is provided for almost all of these:  the level of detail varies widely.  The hymns were chosen for their "music, message and general appeal among children and young people" - but their appeal is not restricted to children.



About the contents listing

Composer and author are shown as they are recorded in the book, in accordance with this site's copyright policies.

Detail  pages for some songs are linked from the titles.  They may include background information about the hymn, the full lyrics, downloadable PowerPoint slides of the words, sheet music (lead-sheet and/or guitar chords only), and samples of the song.  Additional song-pages will be added as time and copyright permissions allow.

If you own the copyright to any of these songs, and would like to grant permission for items to be made available here, or to provide a link to sources where they are still available for sale, please get in touch.



Table of Contents

Title (first-line) Number
Amazing Grace 1
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
Lyrics by: John Newton © Not stated
Tune by: Not stated
Score: SATB and chords
Key: G
Battle Hymn of the Republic 15
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord / Glory, glory hallelujah
Lyrics by: Julia Ward Howe © Public domain
Tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Key: Bb
Bless the Lord all Ye Works of the Lord 2
Sunny days and starry nights / Bless the Lord all ye works of the Lord, Praise and exalt him forever
Lyrics by: William Kilbourn © William Kilbourn
Tune by: Unknown
Score: Lead sheet
Key: Bb
Pattern based on an urban benedicite,author unknown
Down by the Riverside 7
I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield / And study war no more
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Score: Lead sheet
Key: F
Fairest Lord Jesus 3
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature
Lyrics by: Not stated © Public domain
Tune by: Schlesische Volkslieder, harmonised by James Hopkirk
Tune-name: CRUSADER'S HYMN
Score: SATB
Meter: 5 6 8 10 8
Key: D
From the German, 17th century. Translated in Church Chorals and Choir Studies, 1850
For the Beauty of the Earth 4
Lyrics by: F S Pierpoint © Public domain
Tune by: Conrad Kocher, 1786 - 1872
Tune-name: DIX
Score: SATB
Meter: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Key: Ab
Go Down Moses 31
When Israel was in Egypt's land / Let my people go
Lyrics by: Traditional © Public domain
Tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Tune-name: NEGRO MELODY
Score: SATB
Meter: Irregular
Key: Gm
Go Tell it on the Mountain 5
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Score: SATB
Meter: Irregular
Key: G
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands 6
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Score: Melody line
Meter: Irregular
Key: E
In Christ there is no East or West 8
Lyrics by: John Oxenham © Not stated
Tune by: Not stated © Coca Cola Ltd
Tune-name: I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING
Score: Lead sheet
Key: F
Jesus Came to Save the World 9
Jesus came to save the world / Hallelujah
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Tune-name: MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE
Score: Lead sheet
Key: D
Joyful, Joyful we Adore Thee 10
Joyful, joyful we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love
Lyrics by: Henry van Dyke © Charles Scribner's Sons
Tune by: Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Edward Hodges (1796 - 1867)
Tune-name: HYMN TO JOY
Score: SATB
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Key: F
Published in the Poems of Henry van Dyke, copyright 1911
Kum Ba Yah 11
Kumbayah / We are gathered Lord, come by here
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Tune-name: KUM BA YAH
Score: Lead sheet
Key: C
Let me be a Little Kinder 12
Lyrics & tune by: Glen Campbell © Beechwood Music Corporation
Score: Lead sheet
Key: G
Lord I want to be a Christian 13
Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Key: D
Lord's my Shepherd, The 24
The Lord's my shepherd I'll not want / He lives! He lives! He lives! I know that my redeemer lives
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Tune-name: HAPPY WANDERER
Score: Lead sheet
Key: Bb
Love is Something if you Give it Away 14
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Northern Music Corp, New York
Tune-name: MAGIC PENNY
Score: Lyrics
Now as I Start upon my chosen way 16
Lord as I start upon my chosen way
Lyrics & tune by: Ralph Reader © Ralph Reader
Tune-name: BOY SCOUT HYMN
Score: SATB
Key: Eb
O Master Let me Walk With Thee 17
O master let me walk with thee
Lyrics by: Washington Gladden © Public domain
Tune by: Henry Percy Smith, harmonized by Eric Harding Thiman © Public domain / E H Thirman
Tune-name: MARYTON
Score: SATB
Meter: 8 8 8 8
Key: D
O Wonderous God How Great Thou Art 18
O wonderous God, when I your world consider / Then soars my soul in joyful songs on praise
Lyrics by: Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship © Inter-Varsity Press, Illonois
Tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Score: Lead sheet
Key: Bb
Oh Freedom 20
Oh Freedom / And before I'd be a slave
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Score: Lead sheet
Key: A
Onward Christian Soldiers 19
Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war /
Lyrics by: S Baring-Gould © J Curwen & Sons Ltd
Tune by: Arthur Seymour Sullivan © Not stated
Tune-name: ST GERTRUDE
Score: SATB
Meter: 6 5 6 5 6 5 D
Key: C#m
Put Your Hand in the Hand 21
Every time I look into the holy book I wanna tremble / Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Lyrics & tune by: Gene MacLellan © Beechwood Music of Canada
Score: Piano score and chords
Key: G
Rise Up o Men of God 22
Lyrics by: William Pierson Merrill © Public domain
Tune by: William Crotch
Tune-name: ST MICHAEL
Score: SATB
Meter: 6 6 8 6
Key: G
Stand Up for Jesus 23
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross
Lyrics by: George Duffield © Public domain
Tune by: George James Webb
Tune-name: MORNING LIGHT
Score: 2-voices
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: Gm
Thank you Lord 25
Thank you Lord on this day
Lyrics & tune by: Not stated © Not stated
Tune-name: EDELWEISS
Score: Lead sheet
Key: Bb
They'll Know we are Christians 29
We are one in the Spirit / And they'll know we are Christians
Lyrics & tune by: Peter Sholtes © F E L Church Publications Ltd, Chicago
Score: SATB
Key: Fm
This Day God Gives Me 26
This day God gives me, strength of high heavens
Lyrics by: James Quinn SJ © Geoffrey Chapman, London
Tune by: Gaelic melody © Not stated
Tune-name: BUNESSAN
Score: SATB and chords
Meter: 55 54 D
Key: C
This is my Father's World 27
This is my Father's workd and to my listening ears
Lyrics by: Maltbie Davenport Babcock © Public domain
Tune by: Traditional English
Tune-name: TERRA BEATA
Score: SATB
Meter: 6 6 8 6 D irregular
Key: D
We are Climbing Jacob's Ladder 28
Lyrics & tune by: Traditional © Public domain
Score: Lead sheet
Key: D
We Shall Overcome 30
We shall overcome / O deep in my heart I do believe
Lyrics by: American folk text © Public domain
Tune by: Traditional
Score: Lead sheet
Key: C

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