The Ash Story

We carry our friendship with us in these ashes from other campfires with other comrades in other lands. May the joining of the dead fires with the leaping flames symbolize once more the unbroken chain that binds Scouts and Guides around the world with greetings from Scouts of the United States everywhere.

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 away ashes from that ceremony.

Ash Locations

The Ash Story
These ashes have been carried by American Scouts around the world. The travel list file is a Word document listing the campfires where the ashes have come from. The Ash Story PDF file is the story as told to me by my good friend in Scouting, Rob Taylor. Feel free to share this Scouting story in your units, and add your ash locations to the ash list document. Keep the Spirit of Scouting alive!

​- Scoutmaster, Jim Latimer
Travel List