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Charges  written  for  "Spirit Ash Campires"

Here is a charge that was written and used for dedicating a campfire to the Twin Towers and Pentagon victims. It could be used when doing other memorials with only a few alterations to the text.

“ In memoriam of September 11th, 2001 and of those who lost their lives in our time of crisis, we bring our fears and hopes and dreams to Scouting, who’s unbroken spirit binds persons of all colors, nationalities, and beliefs in friendship. We hope that our undauntable scout spirit will help us transcend the difficulties ahead and unite all scouts in a world family to combat terrorism everywhere. As we add these cold ashes with the glowing flames”. . . .“we hereby re-dedicate ourselves to our Scouting ideals and its fundamental tenet of belief in God. Let us not haze or terrorize others and seek a world without violence.”


Here are two Charges that were found elsewhere on the web.

“From the North, the South, the East and the West the spirits of the past campfires are here with us tonight, carrying fellowship in the these ashes from other campfires, thus uniting us with friends and comrades in other lands.” . . . “May the joining of the dead ashes from campfires of long ago with the leaping flames of our campfire tonight symbolize once more the unbroken chain binding Scouts and Guides around the world. Greetings from all campfires of the past.”

“May the joining of the past fires with the leaping flames of this campfire, symbolize once more the unbroken chain that binds scouts and guides of all nations together. With greetings form our brothers and sisters around the world, I will add these ashes, and the fellowship therein, to our campfire.”. . . “The ashes I spread into this campfire carry memories of past campfires dating back to <year>. I will now charged these ashes to this campfire.”

And of course the charge written by B-P himself.

“We carry our friendship with us in these ashes from other campfires with 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 all nations everywhere.”