1. nawbus

    Good lord I hope there isn’t a ban on blankets! Well actually, I know there isn’t! More and more of the Scouts in my Group are starting to get their own blankets, although I’m not sure about the fleecy ones some of them have! Could get interesting round a campfire!
    One of our YLs recently went to the winter camp at Gilwell and nearly emptied the shop of badges! He was most disappointed when I popped up to see the Troop at camp last weekend and he couldn’t show them to me. He’s off to the Jamboree in Sweden in the summer, so I’m hoping he’ll bring me a few back!
    I wrote a bit about my own blanket a couple of years ago, although it does have a few more badges on it now than in the picture. See here if anyone’s interested http://blog.nawbus.co.uk/?p=672


  2. Mike

    I’ve certainly not seen that happen round here, as when we have Cub camp there are loads of blankets to be seen and so many different ones – it’s great to see such a large selection of blankets and badge.


  3. I generally always take my blanket with me on camp. But campfireblankets were never a big thing with the leaders in the group that I grew up in… so it wasn’t until I started doing international stuff that I started to learn about them.
    There came a point when I had collected so many badges I figured it was a shame to have them hidden away in a box, so I decided to break the mold in my group and make myself a campfire blanket.
    Thing is, I now don’t use it for campfires, rather I generally sleep under it at camp. Instead I use a Mongolian jacket I got on another trip at campfire as I can move my arms easier. Mind you, I would generally let some of the kids sit under my blanket during the campfire, and I can usually see them checking out all the badges.
    I really need to get my rear in gear getting badges on it tho… am going to be collecting more this jamboree, and I still have (literally) over 100 badges to sew on from the last one!

  4. Dave Kendall

    Right that’s it – you’ve stirred me into action !

    I have dozens of badges from my days as a Scout & Venture collected from various camps etc. Some are collectibles – particular colour background on the Cumbria county badge and a Wolf cub badge from my old troop. Plus got loads of pennants picked up from various camp shops. Always meant to get a blanket but somehow never got round to it. Now that I am an SL, I need to set an example (plus it will go nicely on top of my sleeping bag on static camps – feel the cold a bit more now that I’m getting older!)

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