Scouting Campfire Blankets

For generations Scouts have used specially designed blankets to display their treasured badges, swaps, and insignia. This is especially true in Europe, Australia and New Zealand although I've seen them from everywhere. This board is a place to share ideas for how to make one for your Scout.
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This is the reverse of an earlier pin on this board.  Again yo can see the hand crafted "campfire" on the back of this blanket.  The other leader has also attached several neckerchiefs to the blanket. Of course these are typically worn at night to stay warm during a campfire program (hence the name!).

This is the reverse of an earlier pin on this board. Again yo can see the hand crafted "campfire" on the back of this blanket. The other leader has also attached several neckerchiefs to the blanket. Of course these are typically worn at night to stay warm during a campfire program (hence the name!).

These are British Girl Guides who were camping at the former Kingsdown Scout Camp outside of Dover, England in the summer of 2000.  Notice that part of the tradition is to have a large central symbol that is sometimes hand stitched as you see with the leader on the left.  All of these are the poncho style with the center cut out.

These are British Girl Guides who were camping at the former Kingsdown Scout Camp outside of Dover, England in the summer of 2000. Notice that part of the tradition is to have a large central symbol that is sometimes hand stitched as you see with the leader on the left. All of these are the poncho style with the center cut out.

I got this picture from a Scouting friend of mine in the Phillipines.  Angelo sent me this description, "I became very famous at the American Memorial Day in 2005 that news photographer took a lot of shot of myself and spread the photos on their front page nationwide. I will post the photo of the newspaper later. Photo uploaded here shows my old blanket back in 2009.

I got this picture from a Scouting friend of mine in the Phillipines. Angelo sent me this description, "I became very famous at the American Memorial Day in 2005 that news photographer took a lot of shot of myself and spread the photos on their front page nationwide. I will post the photo of the newspaper later. Photo uploaded here shows my old blanket back in 2009.

This is a picture taken several years ago of my personal Scouting blanket.  I can't call it a true campfire blanket because at the time I made it I really had never been exposed to the idea of a poncho style that could be worn.  I just wanted to take every patch I ever earned in Scouting and sew them on a blanket.  I'll maybe start a new board as some time to share the story of some of these patches.

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This might have been my favorite campfire blanket from the summer I spent on International camp staff at Kingsdown Scout Camp in 2000.  I can't remember this gentleman's name but he was the campfire leader - just a real classic British Scouter who know all the classic songs.  His blanket really inspired me to create my own British style blanket.

This might have been my favorite campfire blanket from the summer I spent on International camp staff at Kingsdown Scout Camp in 2000. I can't remember this gentleman's name but he was the campfire leader - just a real classic British Scouter who know all the classic songs. His blanket really inspired me to create my own British style blanket.

Another leader blanket that I photographed at Kingsdown Scout Camp in 2000.  Gray is a popular color for blankets - possibly because U.K. soldier blankets are made from this color. Whereas in the USA when you think of an "army blanket" it's an olive green.

Another leader blanket that I photographed at Kingsdown Scout Camp in Gray is a popular color for blankets - possibly because U. soldier blankets are made from this color. Whereas in the USA when you think of an "army blanket" it's an olive green.

This campfire blanket sold for over $2,000 on eBay.  You would need a magnifying glass to find the good ones but I'm guessing this blanket is full of them.

This campfire blanket sold for over $2,000 on eBay. You would need a magnifying glass to find the good ones but I'm guessing this blanket is full of them.

This blanket belongs to Emma Dean and the photo was taken at Kingsdown Scout Camp outside Dover, England in the summer of 2000.  Emma was a Girl Guide and to get the full blanket she agreed to lay down for the shot.  As you can see there is no rule about the color of the blanket or placement of badges.

This blanket belongs to Emma Dean and the photo was taken at Kingsdown Scout Camp outside Dover, England in the summer of 2000. Emma was a Girl Guide and to get the full blanket she agreed to lay down for the shot. As you can see there is no rule about the color of the blanket or placement of badges.

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