Re: Interlink 94 (The Campfire Ashes)
Mike D Tester (mike@MIKET.DEMON.CO.UK)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 09:19:13 -0600
I have been attending the Gilwell reunion for some years now, at each
campfire I could not help but noticing that some Scouters poured
ashes into the campfire, only to collect them the following morning.
This to me seamed a very strange ritual, which as far as I was
concerned was something only done at Gilwell.
How wrong I was, for there we were at the Interlink Campfire and same
thing happened, fortunatly all was revealed, and an explanation
was given about the ceremony of the ashes. Each Scout taking part in
Interlink was given a small canister of ashes that could be added
to future campfires, along with a history of the ashes which started
at about 1933.
It would be interesting to find out how many Scouters or even Scouts
carry out this tradition, I know that from now on I will, and
encourage the boys in my Troop to do likewise. Sadly today, the proud
history of Scouting seems to easily forgotten or even worse
ignored, I have and will always be proud of Scouting history, and
small part I have played in it.
God willing I hope to return to Interlink next year to add my ashes to
the others, who know where they may have travelled.
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