Camp Blankets are worn around camp and particularly around the campfire. They may double as a sleeping blanket or pillow. They are not carried on a hike camp.
Camp Blankets are a history, a display of your scouting life- what you have done, where you have been and who you have met.
Camp Blankets are not part of the kit, they are not uniform and they are not always blankets.
|The guiding principles, although unspoken, may be practicality, longevity and that all facets have a connection with the owner.|
|Camp blankets can be cut as ponchos, capes, cloaks, coats, waistcoats blankets or as you will. They may be fastened, hooded, or otherwise individualised.|
|Scout badges may, amongst others, come from:
- past sections (beavers, cubs…)
- jamborees, celebrations and commemorations
- camps and trips
- past packs
- swapped with friends.
Other badges may include such as:
- Swimming, Duke of Edinburgh, Sailing, Canoeing, First Aid…
|Duplicates of current scarves, from previous groups, or celebrations such as the centenary 'wizard stars' one.|
|If your design requires closing make them individual
- personalised, hand made or imaginative use of the commonplace
- buttons, button knots, toggles, ties or cloak pins.
Braids & fringes
|In group colours?
Yachting cord comes in many colour mixes.
|Some use silhouettes of patrol emblems, maps identifying camps, mountains climbed, courses sailed, etc.|
|Sew any cut edges and add a softer binding to neck holes in contrasting colours.|
|To add unique items not available in badge form.|
The layout of badges, scarves etc. is entirely up to you. By shape, colour, size, date, section; to make a picture; to fill a map….
Some Personal Preferences
Do get the owner to be involved in the design and sew at least part of each
badge. It will then be more wholly theirs.
Do use wool – synthetics will often melt into holes or worse if they catch a spark.
Do invite questions in the design. You can spell out your Group, District, County, etc. but this may answer all the questions and stifle the first approach.
Don’t use Velcro – no one wants a ‘scrrrrrrip’ of Velcro when the song is ‘sad and low’ and it lacks elegance and individuality.
Do go for mid to dark colours as campfires can be unclean.
Do use a close stitch for embroidery or it will snag readily.
Don’t use metal badges or pins if you intend it to double for sleeping. You may wish to contrive a removable fastening to avoid an uncomfortable night or for washing.
Do have a head hole that will allow ready removal – no tent is big enough for even a small struggle and should it be foolishly wafted too close to a fire…
Don’t use fiddly fastenings; cold hands and dark tents won’t appreciate the choice.
Do plan for growth (if applicable). This may also dictate style – ponchos may allow greater growth than a ‘coat style’.
Don’t worry if your badges fade to illegibility. Fading implies age, age implies more history, the more history the better.
Do feel free to fill the starting blank with the block colour of a scarf or silhouette – it will take forever to fill with Activity Badges.
Explore what designs your blanket can take - coats, ponchos, cloaks, capes. Try to be different, but warm
My Camp Blanket
Purely as an example and by no means an exemplar my camp blanket is a simple
Army surplus stores and internet sites sell cheap wool blankets. They will be graded New, Grade I or Grade II. The GII may have ‘some staining’, but it is going to camp
Camp Blankets: They grow with you