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 is a brief history of this organisation here.
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 any not included, it can be added to those shown.
The Club Badge
“its use is recommended to enable members to recognise their fellows in the sport, and as a passport when camping on an official site. Its cost and weight are small”
Club Handbook, 1914
Association of Cycle Campers
Amateur Camping Club
The Camping Club
From 1919, club now known as The Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland.
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
Note- where 1901 appears on a badge, this does not signify it’s year of manufacture. Instead, the date refers to when the club was founded.
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.
The Freiberger Präzisionsmechanik company is based in Saxony, Germany and has a long and convoluted history that has seen many name and structural changes. From 1965 to 1990, they were part of the Kombinat VEB Carl Zeiss Jena optics parent company. The Kurvimeter 78 map measure looked at here dates from that period of Soviet control.
We have previously glanced at some of the little backpacking and hiking minifigures released by Lego over the years. The company has also produced quite a few climbing characters. Three Points of the Compass looks at one of the best of these- Mountain Climber, released in 2013.
Three Points of the Compass has tried various combination sets of pegs (OK, stakes to our friends across the pond) with my various tents over the years. I suspect many of us have. There is no one-size-fits-all peg, though some come damn close to being perfect. Some ground or soil types or weather conditions such as wind or snow lend themselves better to more specialised pegs.
The Lego Creator theme started in 2001 and building sets are normally based around buildings, vehicles and animals. They focus more on the creative building element of the plastic bricks rather than the playability. The first minifigure to be included was 'Log Cabin Guy', a canoeing and backpacking log cabin dweller and we take a closer look at him here.
The Pennine Bridleway is a peculiar trail. Not only is it multi-user, it has a couple of add-on loops and link routes, and... years after it opened, it still isn't complete! Finding maps and guidebooks for both planning and use on trail can be a challenge in itself. I know, as I searched them down in advance of my own hike in summer 2022