Campfire Blankets

Scouts like to collect things, especially badges and crests. But once you have them, where do you keep them?

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First up, an important note: apparently, some podcatcher apps filter out episodes marked as Bonus or Trailer from podcast feeds by default. So if you haven’t seen an episode from us since September...well, okay, it has actually been that long since we released a full episode. But we’ve been releasing Scouting Five episodes weekly since then, and if you haven’t been seeing those (they’re now tagged as Bonus), you may want to check your app’s settings.

Scouter Tara with the 163rd Beaver Scouts out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, writes in with a question:

Avid listener here with a question or a suggestion, if you are ever looking for a podcast subject. I know you have mentioned campfire blankets in passing on camping episodes but have you ever considered doing one on campfire blankets? One of my favourite episodes is the one on the history and uses for neckers. I have been making campfire blankets with my Browntail beaver twins and they were asking me all about them. They asked if “Scouter Podcast” (that’s you) knew about them.

As it turns out, campfire blankets are a fairly rich and storied tradition, which Scouting may have borrowed — as it did several other fieldcraft skills — from Native American customs. These blankets are not peculiar to Canadian Scouting, either; Scouting organizations across the world have campfire blanket traditions, which are really part of a larger practice: the collection of Scouting memorabilia.

Because, as you might well imagine, Scouting has produced — and continues to produce — a number of trinkets, baubles, crests, and other artifacts.

So, Ken and Colin — finally back in front of the microphones after too-long a hiatus! — dig into the history of campfire blankets, and discuss what to put on them (and not).


Scouter Chris Cleary with the 3rd Kanata Scout Group left a message in our Discord server:

Hi Scouter Ken. My name is Scouter Chris “Rascal” Cleary with 3rd Kanata (Ottawa, ON) Scout group.

I’m really enjoying the Scouting Stuff podcast as I catch up over the last few months. It has been really helpful as I am in my 3rd year as a Scouter and some of the info you and your guests have been sharing has been helping me out. So I wanted to join in and officially say “Thank you”!

Also, what council, area, group do you and Colin fall under, so I can leave a for you both?

So, here’s a big shout-out to Scouter Chris, and a note of thanks in turn; it’s always nice to receive an official commendation, which is what came in after Chris visited the Thanks page.

And one more shout-out goes to Scouter Shamus, who wrote in to comment on a previous episode:

Hi, just wanted to say hi from the 2nd Central Surrey Cubs in Surrey, BC. I just listened to your last podcast about planning and was happy to hear that the way we had just completed a planning meeting in late August was exactly how you suggested to run your meeting.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


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