There doesn’t appear to be a generally available catalogue of the badges produced by the Camping Club or their previous and subsequent incarnations. This is an attempt at a simple checklist of the badges produced by and for the oldest camping club in the world- The Camping and Caravanning Club.
There are undoubtably further badges than those shown below. What follows is simply those that Three Points of the Compass has or is aware of. If you know of any others and can supply image and detail on any not shown, it can be added to those below. There is a brief history of the club here.
Note- where 1901 appears on a badge, this does not signify its year of manufacture. Instead, this date refers to when the club was founded
Association of Cycle Campers
Earliest incarnation of The Camping Club from 1901, Name change in 1909 to Amateur Camping Club. Reformed in 1944 as a specialised section of the main club
Amateur Camping Club
The Amateur Camping Club incorporated the Association of Cycle Campers, the Camping Club and, later, in 1910, the National Camping Club. It existed from 1909 to 1919, when it became the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Camping Club
From 1919, club now known as The Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland. Hand painted enamelled Camping Club badges were available for club members after their second name change.
The Camping Club- Jubilee (1951)
The Camping and Caravaning Club- Centenary (2001)
The Camping Club- overseas
District Association badges
District Associations of the Camping Club (later, Camping and Caravanning Club) were instituted in 1907. Birmingham District Association was the first. There were a great many more badges than those shown here.
The Camping and Caravanning Club
The Camping and Caravanning Club- The Friendly Club
Youth Camping Association (formed 1941) / Camping Club Youth
Acrylic ‘recruiter’ badges were earned by recommending another individual for new membership of the club- ‘friends recommendation’. These were cheaper produced badges than the much loved enamel badges of yore. Again, a slight change in design was introduced following the 1983 re-branding exercise. Recruiters must be doing quite well, for today, at the time of writing, there are over 720,000 club members.
Veteran membership (unbroken)
Club members who had completed 25 consecutive years of membership, and were eligible for state pension, could claim Veteran Membership of the Club.
Long membership (broken)
Motor Caravan Section- sub-section formed in 1962
Trailer Tent Group– sub-section formed in 1967
Cloth (sew-on) badges
Car grill badges were also produced by The Camping Club and their later incarnations however those fall outside the scope of this list. Also not listed here are the plethora of small plastic badges produced by the District Associations for sometimes extremely limited attendance meets, these could include district rallies or even dinner meets for a handful of members.
A framed ‘club and badge history’ was produced by SMT Associates as a limited edition retail product for the Camping and Caravanning Club on the occasion of their centenary in 2001. This contained nine reproduced badges. Each of these is included in the above listing.
Three Points of the Compass looks at three similar remote canister stoves from Fire Maple- the FMS-117T Blade, FMS-117H Blade 2 and FMS-118 Volcano. These stoves range from three-season, to lightweight four-season, to heavier weight four-season options. There isn't a bad stove amongst them.
Few UK backpackers and wildcampers will be unaware of the recent furore surrounding the incredible, unfathomable, decision in the courts that wildcamping is not recreation, so should be banned on Dartmoor. Three Points of the Compass had hoped we might slowly be moving toward increased access to, and enjoyment of, outdoor spaces. Instead, we are headed in the opposite direction. Protest, action, share, fund, or at least talk about it
Three Points of the Compass likes to have an idea of the temperature on trail. Just how hot was that sweltering climb up? How much did it dip below zero in the small hours? Most little thermometers are pretty useless. Difficult to read, wildly inaccurate, easily broken, stupidly expensive or cheap and nasty. I may have found the answer...
A look at the medal awarded to successful participants in the Marche Européenne du Souvenir et de l'Amitié (MESA), an annual four-day international 'march' that remembers war time operations in the Ardennes region during World War II.
Always on the look out for a possible improvement to gear, Three Points of the Compass tried the GSI Infinity Backpacker Mug. While an excellent piece of kit, we had issues with some of its features. Did it earn a place in the pack?
It is perfectly possible to go on a multi-day walk carrying no first aid capability at all beyond what is between the ears. However knowing how to cope with issues and carrying something to deal with blisters, cuts, strains, allergic reaction, chafing, diarrhoea or even worse, can make completing a trail both possible and more enjoyable.