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Scout leader Lawrence Marshall’s app Scout Campfire Songs set to bring campfire classics to the world

19 February 2014
by Andy Gray

Lawrence Marshall, 18, hopes internet users will Ging Gang Google to help him reach 1,000 downloads.

Although unlikely to rival Angry Birds or Candy Crush, Lawrence says his product,
simply called Scout Campfire Songs, does have a unique selling point.

Borden Grammar student Laurence Marshall has launched an app of Scout campfire songs

Borden Grammar student Laurence Marshall has launched an app of Scout campfire songs

He said: “I saw there wasn’t a UK-based internet app like ours, only an American one, which is full of patriotic songs.

“I didn’t really want that, I wanted something where you can hear how a campfire song was meant to be sung, rather than a long list of lyrics.”

There are 26 songs on the app, all sung by Borden Grammar school pupil Lawrence and his pal, Philip Harlow.

The tracklist includes a welter of Scout classics including Alice the Camel, Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes, and the evergreen adventurer’s anthem, Ging Gang Gooly.

Lawrence, of Snowdrop Walk, has been Scouting for 10 years and is assistant leader at 4th Milton Regis Scouts. If downloads reach his four-figure target, he aims to roll out the app to iPhone as it’s currently only available on Android and Kindle devices.

He said any profits from the enterprise, which cost him £50 to set up, will go towards Scouts in Sittingbourne. He has had more than 100 downloads so far from places as far off as Australia and Tasmania.

Lawrence said: “Scout groups around the world have their own versions of campfire songs. So this app is not only a chance for people to listen to our songs, they can submit their own to share with us and others.”

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