Re: Campfire ashes
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 2 Sep 1997 19:40:40 -0400
> From: Fred Smith <Fred_Smith/FASTTAX@CLR.COM>
> Date: Tuesday, September 02, 1997 10:26 AM
> I read here, (I think,) about a campfire ceremony that involved
> ashes from past campfires with the ashes of the current campfire.
> from the current fire are saved for use at some next campfire. I,
> understood that the ashes were documented when they were saved by
> description and date of the fire to a log, (as a paper list not
> type log :)
> Can anyone give more details about this ceremony? Does anyone have
> really old ashes to share? Do you have a script?
There is no "ceremony" nor "script" that I know of.
I have a list, several pages, showing the campfire, date, and purpose
of the campfire going back decades. Ranges from family outings to
World Jamborees, Scouting, non-Scouting, military, etc, etc.
There is an explanation on page one stating the purpose of the
Campfire Ashes, and what to do with them. If simply adding a
campfire, spread the ashes you have into the flames. When cooled,
collect as desired. I've put ashes into small zip lock bags as well
as film canisters. Add the campfire info to the list, copy and
distribute ashes with a copy of the list.
Entries are generally chronological, as it is easier to just type in
an addition to the existing pages, then copy. I suppose one could
take the time to create a database, but seems to be a lot of effort.
If combining two or more sets of ashes, you should merge the two
lists, adding only those campfires not previously covered. Don't
just "staple" the pages together! This maintains the chronological
history of the combined ashes.
You could just start a set, and add to it as you have more campfires,
adding other ashes also.
The most important thing, I think, is pass the ashes on, with a few
appropriate words about the ashes, their purpose, how the fire they
come from burns bright and fades into our memories, things like that.
When I do an ashes "ceremony" or presentation I try to connect what
is said to the occasion, with a connection to the history of the
It has been said that an Indian Chief once told us "All Things Are
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