The Campfire Ash
Ashes of Friendship
THE HISTORY: Taking ashes from one campfire to another
is a ceremony conducted by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides
all around the world. The main purpose of these ashes
is to bring to all Girl Scouts and Guides the
international aspect of the world sisterhood. 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/Guide present
at the ceremony takes some to mix with the next
campfire. Each Girl Scout/Guide keeps a list of all of
the campfires in which they have sprinkled their ashes.
If more than one Girl Scout/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 and Girl Guides, the ashes circle the globe. It
is a tradition that only those actually present at the
campfire can receive ashes from the ceremony to carry on
to another campfire.
THE CEREMONY: We carry our friendships with us in these
ashes from other campfires with girls 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 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides of
all nations together.
With greetings from our sisters around the world, I will
add these ashes and the sisterhood 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 the campfire.
So that you may pass these ashes on and share them with
others at your next campfire, you will be given a
history of where these ashes have been.
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