Ashes of Friendship



Sheryl Alleger,
NW Florida

Ashes taken from a campfire are sprinkled into the flames of the next campfire. The next morning when the ashes are cold, they are stirred and each Girl Scout/Girl Guide takes some with her to mix with her next campfire. If more than one Girl Scout/Girl Guide brings ashes to the campfire, the lists are combined, the dates and places of all campfires are recorded and passed on. As Girl Scouts/Girl Guides travel, the ashes circle the globe. It is a tradition that only those actually present at the campfire can receive the ashes.

We carry our fellowship with us from other campfires with our comrades in other lands. May the joining of the deaf fires with leaping flames symbolize once more the unbroken chain that binds Girls Scouts and Girl Guides around the world - with greetings from Girl <Guides/Scouts of your country> everywhere.

So that you may pass these ashes on and share them with others at your next campfire, here is the history of where these ashes have been.



Kevin Michelizzi
CA Cub Packs 92 & 195,TA, GSUSA Troop 417, #2, GSUSA Troop "92"
Milpitas, California

Following is the history and ceremony I adapted for Troop 417, from Pack 92. The original can be found at MacScouter

The Campfire Ashes

Legend has it that Lord Baden-Powell would always take a small amount of ashes from the campfire and spread these ashes into the next campfire. The main purpose of these ashes is to bring to all Scouts and Scouters the International aspect of the world brotherhood of Scouting.

Ashes taken from a campfire are sprinkled into the flames of the next Campfire. The next morning, when the ashes are cold, they are stirred, And each scout takes some along to mix with his next campfire. If more than one Scout brings ashes to the same campfire, the lists are pooled, with the dates and places of all campfires recorded and passed on.

It is traditional that only those present at the ceremony carry ashes from that ceremony.


Legend has it that Lord Baden-Powell would always take a small amount of ashes from the campfire and spread these ashes into the next campfire. The main purpose of these ashes is to bring to all Scouts and Scouters the International aspect of the world brotherhood of Scouting.

We carry our friendships with us in these ashes from other campfires with comrades in other lands. May the joining of the past fires with the leaping flames of this campfire, symbolize once more the unbroken chain that binds scouts and guides of all nations together.

With Greeting from our brothers and sisters around the world, I will add these ashes, and the fellowship therein, to our campfire.

Will anyone with campfire ashes please come forward and join me.

(Wait for others)

The ashes I spread into this campfire carry memories of past campfires dating back to <year>.

I will now charge these ashes to this campfire.





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