The Campfire Ashes
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 07:41:13 -0700
Mike D Tester writes...
"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.
I just helped out with an Adult Leader Training session here last month.
I promised the list a summary of what went on, but with work and school
schedules, I haven't yet been able to fulfill that promise. I was one
of 3 staff members present when this ceremony was performend immediately
prior to the closing campfire.
It is a very moving ceremony, and I can readily believe that the custom
started the way that it was related in the story. I now have my own ashes
and a copy of the story to tell about them.
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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