My informant sung me a song that she said is often sung at the sleep-away camp she attends in the summer called Camp Hayward:
“Camp Hayward born and
Camp Hayward bread and
when I die I’ll be (pause) (clap)
Camp Hayward dead!
So, rah-rah, Camp Hayward, Hayward
Rah-Rah Camp Hayward, Hayward
We love Hayward, we love you!”
My informant said that she and the other campers were taught this song from the leader of the camp at their first camp-fire session. After that, the campers would sing it before every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is a happy song that gets everyone into the spirit of being at Camp Hayward. To this day it still reminds her of her experiences there. She told me that her younger sister, who also attended the camp, will often subconsciously hum the tune before they eat with their family.
I went to a similar camp when I was younger. We had songs that we sung before eating, but we called them “dinner songs.” They were similar in purpose, and often included the name of the camp in the lyrics. It was meant to keep us happy and our spirits up. Now, my friends and I will often sing the songs together as a way of connecting and remembering the time we spent there together.