Robert Baden-Powell was the father of the Scouting movement.
In 1907, on Brownsea Island in England, he
conducted the first Scout Camp for boys. At the end of that
camp, he gave some the ashes from the camp fire to each of the
boys and kept some for himself.
Legend says he did this at all ceremonial
The ashes have been passed from one to
another now for 100 years.
100 Years of campfires, friends and
I am very fortunate to live what some can
I received my Camp Fire ashes from
"Bo" Aldrige at Wood Badge course NE-II-139 in
Kandersteg International Scout Center in Switzerland in June 2003.
Here is the
list as of that date.
Here is the list as it stands now.
For my fellow foxes:
"We are the Foxes,
We are very clever,
Once you are a Fox,
you are a Fox forever."
Camp Fire Ashes
HAS IT THAT BADEN-POWELL WOULD ALWAYS TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF ASHES
FROM A CEREMONIAL CAMPFIRE AND THEN SPREAD THESE ASHES INTO THE
NEXT CAMPFIRE. THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THESE ASHES IS TO SHARE WITH
YOU THE MEMORIES OF PAST CAMPFIRES AND TO BRING TO ALL SCOUTS AND
SCOUTERS THE INTERNATIONAL ASPECT OF THE WORLD BROTHERHOOD OF
WILL ANYONE WITH CAMPFIRE ASHES PLEASE COME FORWARD AND JOIN ME.
ASHES I SPREAD INTO THIS CAMPFIRE CARRY MEMORIES OF PAST CAMPFIRES
DATING BACK TO BROWNSEA ISLAND IN JULY OF 1907, THE FIRST BOY
SCOUT CAMP. THEY HAVE BEEN CARRIED AROUND THE WORLD TO ALMOST 400
SCOUTING CAMPFIRES IN MANY COUNTRIES WHERE SCOUTING FELLOWSHIP HAS
WILL NOW CHARGE THESE ASHES TO THIS
LORD BADEN-POWELL SAID:
"WE CARRY OUR FRIENDSHIPS WITH US IN THESE ASHES FROM OTHER
CAMPFIRES WITH COMRADES IN OTHER LANDS. MAY THE JOINING OF THE
PAST FIRES WITH THE LEAPING FLAMES OF THIS CAMPFIRE, SYMBOLIZE
ONCE MORE THE UNBROKEN CHAIN THAT BINDS SCOUTS AND GUIDES OF ALL
NATIONS TOGETHER . WITH GREETINGS FROM OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
AROUND THE WORLD, I ADD THESE ASHES, AND THE FELLOWSHIP THEREIN,
TO OUR CAMPFIRE."