Ashes taken from a campfire are sprinkled onto 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 recording the names and dates of all campfires. The new combined list is then passed on.
It is a tradition that only those present at the ceremony carry away ashes from that campfire.
We carry our friendship with us in these ashes from other campfires with other scouts 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 greeting from scouts everywhere.
These ashes were originally carried by American scouts around the world and are now being carried by scouts from many countries.
Our Pack’s campfire ashes have some from thousands of campfires spanning over 100 years of Scouting. They include ashes from 57 different countries or territories, and 6 continents. Our ashes have experienced countless world and national jamborees. They have even travelled to the moon.