Firecrafter - Brief Overview
Paul Russell (PRUSSELL@IUBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 16 Mar 1993 21:30:06 EST
A few people have requested additional information about Firecrafter. The
following information is copied directly from the Ransburg Scout Reservation
1993 Leader's Guide. If you still have questions, let me know. YiS, pdr
Firecrafter is a camp rank system which recognizes and develops a Scouts'
camping skills. In Firecrafter your Scouts will join a camping service
organization. It started in 1920 at Camp Chank-tun-un-gi (now Belzer
Scout Camp) and this popular program is unique to the Crossroads of
America Council. The desire to be a Firecrafter is often the push a
Scout needs to come back to summer camp another year or gives him the
added confidence to strive for Eagle.
The camp ranks can only be earned in camp. They serve to complement your
Scouts' advancement work. Most all of the camp rank requirements are taken
directly from Boy Scout rank advancements. Scouts may try for more than one
rank during the week, but this is not encouraged.
CAMPER is the first year camper program. All first year Scouts and Scouts
new to Ransburg are encouraged to become Campers. The requirements cover
camp citizenship, the Scout Oath and Law, the origins of Scouting, map and
compass, hiking and one hour of camp service. Work on this rank in the
Ransburg Sports/Handicraft area during the Trail to First Class time or in
your troop campsite.
WOODSMAN is the second year camper program. Campers should be encouraged to
become a Woodsman. Scouts may try for more than one rank during the week but
this is not encouraged. The Woodsman rank covers camp skills (fire building,
knot tying, knife and ax), nature, First Aid, leadership, and two hours of
service. Work on this rank in the Nature/Ecology Center area during the
Trail to First Class time or in your troop campsite.
FIRECRAFTER is the older Scout program for First Class Scouts and above.
While some exceptional Firecrafters have made it in their first or second
year in camp it is usually the third year before a Scout has the physical
or emotional maturity to candidate for Firecrafter. The standards for the
Firecrafter rank are high and encompass all areas of Scouting skills. The
three most difficult requirements are planning and leading a campfile,
building a fire by friction, and the Ritual (later in the summer). A Fire-
crafter candidate should expect to spend a good part of his time in camp
working on the rank. As Scoutmaster, you should discuss with your candidates
their schedule and recommend that they complete most of the easier require-
ments before spending a lot of time on the fire-by-friction. Work on this
rank in the Scoutcraft area.
MINISINO is the highest honor in Firecrafter. Candidates are tapped out
because the excel in friendship, leadership and service. Most Minisino
candidates are already on a camp staff, but some candidates only become a
member of the camp staff for the two week candidacy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City