Troop 439 Campfire Ashes

Scoutmaster Larry Ross and ASM David Reis were introduced to the tradition of campfire ashes in 2007 during Wood Badge course WE1-611-07.  
This was before Troop 439 was even founded, but Larry and David knew that this was an important tradition they wanted to include in Troop 439's 
culture.

Legend has it that Lord Baden-Powell would always take a small amount of ashes from a ceremonial campfire and then spread these ashes into 
the next campfire.  He explained the practice, "We carry our friendships with us in these ashes from other campfires with other 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 our brothers and sisters around the world, I add these ashes, and the fellowship therein, to our campfire."

The main purpose of these ashes is to share with everyone present the memories of past campfires and to bring to all Scouts and Scouters the 
international aspect of the world brotherhood of Scouting.

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 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, with 
the dates and places of all campfires recorded and passed on.  It is traditional that only those present at the ceremony carry ashes from that 
ceremony.

Troop 439's ashes carry memories of past campfires dating back to the 2nd World Jamboree in Ermelunden, Denmark, in 1924.  They have been 
carried around the world to over 1000 Scouting campfires in 35 countries where Scouting fellowship has been shared.

Below is the ash history specific to Troop 439 and its members:

 DATE LOCATION EVENT OR CAMP NOTES
 May 30, 2009 Fishtrap Lake, Sprague, WA Troop Campout 
 June 27, 2009 Cooks Lake, Usk, WA Troop Campout 
 July 23, 2009 Camp Grizzly, Harvard, ID Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in "Lakeside" campsite shared with Troop 595, Colfax, WA
 September 19, 2009 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Kootenai" campsite
 October 18, 2009 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Mohawk" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 March 13, 2010 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Clark" campsite
 June 26, 2010 South Skookum Lake, Usk, WA Troop Campout 
 August 6, 2010 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in firebowl after flag retirement; campfire in "Bedrock" campsite
 August 21, 2010 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Pack 439 Campout (attended by
 members of Troop 439)
 Campfire in Andrew S. Rosell Memorial Fire Bowl
 October 16, 2010 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "White Eagle" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 March 12, 2011 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Clark" campsite
 April 16, 2011 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Troop Campout Campfire in campsite at Outdoor Learning Center
 May 6, 2011 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Spring Camporee Campfire in "Flathead" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA, and
 Pack 485, Opportunity, WA
 July 18, 2011 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Boy Scout Summer Camp Opening campfire in firebowl, ashes combined with ashes from Troop 300 (Mount Baker
 Council), Edmonds, WA
 October 15, 2011 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Clearwater" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 January 14, 2012 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Klondike Derby Campfire in "Flathead" campsite
 March 17, 2012 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Troop Campout Campfire in campsite north of Finch Lodge
 April 21, 2012 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Spring Camporee Flag retirement in Andrew S. Rosell Memorial Fire Bowl; campfire in "Sacheen"
 campsite
 May 19, 2012 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 August 3, 2012 Melita Island, Big Arm, MT Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in "Shoreline" campsite
 September 8, 2012 Mowry State Park, Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID Troop Campout 
 October 6, 2012 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Sacheen" campsite
 January 12, 2013 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Klondike Derby Campfire in Finch parking lot
 March 9, 2013 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Clark" campsite
 April 27, 2013 Adventure Dynamics, Nine Mile Falls, WA Troop Campout 
 May 18, 2013 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 July 16, 2013 Camp Grizzly, Harvard, ID Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in "Steptoe" campsite
 August 10, 2013 Boundary Dam Rec Area, Metaline Falls, WA Troop Campout 
 October 19, 2013 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Sacheen" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 March 22, 2014 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Clark" campsite
 April 26, 2014 Hawk Creek Campground, Lake Roosevelt, WA Troop Campout Campfire with Troop 490, Newman Lake, WA, and Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 May 31, 2014 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout Campfire in "Clark" campsite
 July 18-20, 2014 Cold Springs Campground, New Meadows, ID Troop Campout 
 August 4-7, 2014 Fire Mountain Scout Camp, Mount Vernon, WA Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfires in "Skykomish" campsite
 September 26-27, 2014 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 October 18, 201 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Kiowa" campsite shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 January 24, 2015 Silverwood RV Park & Campground, Athol, ID Old Missions/David Thompson
 Klondike Derby
 
 March 28, 2015 Steamboat Rock State Park, Electric City, WA Troop Campout 
 April 24, 2015 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Mountain Man Rendezvous Campfire in "Sacheen" campsite
 April 24-25, 2015 Adventure Dynamics, Nine Mile Falls, WA Troop Campout 
 May 16, 2015 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 October 17, 2015 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire shared with Webelos of Pack 439, Veradale, WA
 January 16, 2016 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Grizzly District Klondike Derby Campfire in staff camp shared with Crew 454, Spokane Valley, WA
 February 27, 2016 Lookout Pass Rec Area, Mullan, ID Troop Campout Campfire with Troop 400, Spokane Valley, WA
 March 19, 2016 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Troop Campout Campfire in Order of the Arrow RV Park
 April 16, 2016 Camp Easton, Harrison, ID Troop Campout 
 May 21, 2016 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 June 18, 2016 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Troop Campout Campfire in campsite north of Finch Lodge
 October 15, 2016 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee 
 March 18, 2017 Hawk Creek Campground, Lake Roosevelt, WA Troop Campout 
 April 22, 2017 Adventure Dynamics, Nine Mile Falls, WA Troop Campout 
 May 20, 2017 Pend Oreille County Park, Newport, WA Troop Campout 
 July 7-8, 2017 Cold Springs Campground, New Meadows, ID Troop Campout 
 July 16, 2017 Camp Parsons, Brinnon, WA Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in camp's fire bowl
 July 19, 2017 Camp Parsons, Brinnon, WA Boy Scout Summer Camp Campfire in campsite
 September 22-23, 2017 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Troop Campout Campfire in "Trailblazer" campsite
 October 13-14, 2017 Cowles Scout Reservation, Newport, WA Grizzly District Fall Camporee Campfire in "Trailblazer" campsite