Firecrafter's Purpose

In direct pursuit of the principles and ideals of Scouting, Firecrafter was created for and dedicated to service to all phases of that movement. Firecrafter and each individual Firecrafter shall be directed toward the observance of the following creed:

  • We believe that leadership ought to be fostered and its high trusts and responsibilities cultivated.
  • We believe that a Scout becomes a better Scout when they exhibit unselfish friendship to others.
  • We believe that Firecrafter's service to Scouting aids both the Firecrafter and every scout in building better character and citizenship.
In the spirit of these beliefs, we make our pledge of faithful service.
  • Friendship: Enthusiasm and the Scouting Spirit are contagious. Firecrafter's goal is to instill this spirit through the candidacies and fellowship with other Firecrafters.
  • Leadership: It is always easier to follow rather than lead. Often it is necessary to lead when one must defend one's beliefs or takes one's life in the right direction. Firecrafter forces candidates out of the "following" attitude and shows them that in some situations, one must lead the way to accomplish their goals. Leadership is a rare and valuable trait, which Firecrafter attempts to instill.
  • Service: Firecrafter serves Scouting and Scouts. Firecrafters have lead countless service projects, camp service days, and participated in camporees in all districts of Crossroads of America Council.

Firecrafter's Program

Scout campers have an opportunity to distinguish themselves while long-term camping in much the same way as they may distinguish themselves by climbing the trail to Eagle. (Long-term camping-- Camping for at least six days and nights.) There are three camp ranks Scouts may earn when they have met the standards listed. These are: Camper, Woodsman, and Firecrafter. Webelos Scouts may also earn the awards of Webelos Camper and Firelight. Youth Firecrafters that distinguish themselves with excellent service may be given the opportunity to candidate for the honor of Minisino. A patch and wallet-size membership card are available to the holders of each of these ranks. The Firecrafters and Minisinos may wear their Firecrafter or Minisino shirts as the official uniform at certain times and occasions. The basic emblem is a three inch blue disc. A red "C" plus the Webelos emblem indicates the Webelos Camper rank, a red "C" surrounding an Arrow of Light indicates the Webelos Firelight rank, a red "C" indicates the Camper rank, a yellow teepee is added to the "C" to designate the Woodsman rank, a red fire signifies the Firecrafter rank, and the Minisino rank is marked by a green "M". Firecrafter officers and advisors are recognized by special name plates.

The Scoutmaster administers the Camper and Woodsman ranks to their unit when long-term camping on their own. The Firecrafter rank is offered in all established summer camps in the council. The Minisino candidacy is administered by the Minisinos in those camps. Both the Firecrafter rank and the Minisino candidacy may be administered with the Executive Committee approval in other situations. The camp ranks are designed to assist the Scoutmaster in their responsibility for citizenship and leadership training in the following ways:

• Troop leadership training is a vital part of the camp rank program. Scouts are encouraged through the requirements to accept leadership responsibilities within the troop.

• Scouts are trained to offer service to Scouting above and beyond the normal expectation.

• By achieving each of the ranks, the Scout is advancing toward the rank of Eagle.

• The program promotes participation in long-term camping

. • A quality review of basic Scouting skills is provided in long-term camping.

• Accomplishing the camp ranks require a demonstration of very important character values: persistence, initiative, desire, and dedication to the basic ideals of Scouting.

Any Scout may try for each camp rank, but no Scout may be successful in their quest without having shown each of these values to be a part of themself. One of the most heart-warming experiences a Scouter may ever know is to witness the pride and sense of accomplishment in a new Firecrafter or Minisino. The renewed enthusiasm for Scouting in the new Firecrafter provides a wonderful opportunity for their Scoutmaster to continue to train the young man in the ideals of Scouting, and greatly enhances their chances to be successful.

Firecrafter's Service

Aside from the character building and leadership objectives, Firecrafter is a service organization. Its members dedicate themselves to a life of service to Scouting, above and beyond what might be expected of a Scout. In ninety years of existence, Firecrafters have performed thousands of special service projects. Firecrafters are asked to give the challenge to each new class of Eagle Scouts. Most of the districts have Firecrafters conduct their campfire programs at camporees or other outdoor activities. In established summer camps, Firecrafters have been very active. They have built buildings, along with service and conservation projects. With money earned from fund raising projects, Firecrafter has assisted in getting summer camps ready for their season, fixing up, painting, and building in each of these camps.

Perhaps the most important service project to have been undertaken by Firecrafter is the camp promotion effort. Teams of adult and youth Firecrafters have assumed the responsibility of visiting each Scout Troop in the council.

Firecrafters have developed, published, and delivered camp promotion brochures and videos designed to wet the summer camping appetite of each Scout to view it, as well as acquaint those Scouts with the camp ranks and how to achieve them.

Firecrafter's High Standards

The first three camp ranks all have the same first requirement: Demonstrate the high standards of Firecrafter in personal attitude and example, showing respect for your fellow campers and your environment.

This requirement is the most important of all the requirements, not something that is signed when all other requirements are complete. This requirement asks Firecrafters to seriously judge candidates on these points. Firecrafter candidates receive a more severe judging than Woodsman candidates, and likewise Woodsman candidates receive a more serious judging than Camper candidates. In other words, candidates are judged in relationship to their age and Scouting experience. Yet the points for this judgment are the same for all camp ranks. The candidates will be told of problem areas in a constructive manner so that they may improve. They are attempting to do their best to meet these requirements.

Personal Attitude - Obeys Scout Oath and Law. Exhibits Friendship to others. Shows Leadership to fellow Scouts. Gives service to scouting.

Respect to fellow campers - Shows unselfishness. Always willing to help.

Personal Example - Tent neat and in order. Helps keep troop and patrol site in order. Uniform neat and worn when requested.

Respect for the environment - Does not harm plants and wildlife needlessly. Picks up litter whenever it is seen.

Firecrafter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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