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The Camping Club- badges

There doesn’t appear to be a generally available catalogue of the badges produced by the Camping Club and it’s later incarnation. 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. I wrote 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

An early club badge. Enamel membership badges were introduced when membership exceeded 200
Early club badge. Enamel membership badges were introduced when membership exceeded 200
Association of Cycle Campers. Enamel badges were introduced in 1904
Association of Cycle Campers. Enamel badges were introduced in 1904. Pin back. 28mm x 25mm. No maker’s name
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravaning Club. 36mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 36mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravaning Club. 27.5mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 27.5mm

Amateur Camping Club

Images

2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 29mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 29mm

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. 1920-1954. Gaunt
Hand painted enamelled Camping Club badges were available for club members after their second name change. 1920-1954.
Crescent stud buttonhole fastening. 22.25mm. Maker- Gaunt
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 29mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 29mm
Enamel club badges were available for members to purchase. Their use was recommended to enable members to ‘recognise their fellows in the sport, and as a passport when camping on an official site’
Enamel Camping Club badge. Plain surround.
Crescent stud buttonhole fastening. 23.35mm. Maker- Gaunt
Enamel badge of The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland, 1920 – 1983
Enamel badge of The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland, 1920 – 1983.
Crescent stud buttonhole fastening. 23.20mm. Maker- Gaunt
Small lapel enamel club badge. 1920 – 1983
Small lapel enamel club badge. 1920 – 1983.
Pin back. 14.35mm. No maker’s name
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 30mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 30mm
 Enamel badge with gilt surround given to new members as a goodwill gesture. 1920-1950
Enamel badge with gilt surround given to new members as a goodwill gesture. 1920-1950.
Pin back. 24.60mm x 27mm. Maker- Gaunt
Enamel badge with gilt surround given to new members as a goodwill gesture. Also for presentation to friends as souvenirs. 1950-1964. Note 'four-nations' corner decorations
Enamel badge with gilt surround given to new members as a goodwill gesture. Also for presentation to friends as souvenirs. 1950-1964. Note ‘four-nations’ corner decoration.
Crescent stud buttonhole fastening. 16.40mm x 19.25mm. Maker- Gaunt
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 33mm x 40mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 33mm x 40mm

The Camping Club- Jubilee (1951)

1951 Jubilee badge, available to members on the fiftieth anniversary of the club’s creation
1951 Jubilee badge, available to members on the fiftieth anniversary of the club’s creation.
Pin back. 32.75mm x 20mm. No maker’s name

The Camping and Caravaning Club- Centenary (2001)

National Camping Week. 2001, club centenary.
Pin back button badge. 55mm. No makers name
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 30mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 30mm

The Camping Club- overseas

The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland. International enamelled badge for use at overseas rallies. 1950-1964.  Pin back. 23.30mm x 34mm. Maker- Gaunt
The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland. International enamelled badge for use at overseas rallies. 1950-1964. Pin back. 23.30mm x 34mm. Maker- Gaunt
The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland. International enamelled badge for use at overseas rallies. 1950-1964.  Pin back. 29mm x 44mm. 2001 reproduction
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 27.5mm

District Association badges

District Associations were instituted in 1907. Birmingham District Association was the first.

Enamel club badge of The Camping Club-North Warwickshire District Association,1970
Enamel badge of The Camping Club-North Warwickshire District Association, 1970. Pin back. 25.45mm. No maker’s name

The Camping and Caravanning Club

Enamel badge for The Camping and Caravanning Club, post-1983
Enamel badge. The Camping and Caravanning Club, post-1983. Pin back. 23.65mm. No maker’s name
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 31mm
2001 reproduction badge by SMT Associates for the Camping & Caravanning Club. Butterfly clasp. 31mm

The Camping and Caravanning Club- The Friendly Club

Present badge
Present badge. Butterfly clasp. 25.45mm. No maker’s name

Youth Camping Association (formed 1941) / Camping Club Youth

Enamel badge for the Youth Camping Association, sponsored by the Camping Club in 1941
Enamel badge for the Youth Camping Association, sponsored by the Camping Club in 1941. Pin back. 14.35mm x 15.70mm. No maker’s name
Enamel badge for the Camping Club Youth section. This is aimed at young people between the ages of 12-17
Enamel badge for the Camping Club Youth section. This is aimed at young people between the ages of 12-17. Pin back. 25.20mm. No maker’s name

Recruiter badges

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.

Camping Club Recruiter. Pre 1983.  Brooch pin with safety wheel. 27mm. No makers name
Camping Club Recruiter. Pre 1983. Brooch pin with safety wheel. 27mm. No makers name
Camping Club Recruiter. Pre 1983.  Pin. 26mm. No makers name
Camping & Caravan Club Recruiter. Pre 1983. Pin back. 26mm. No makers name
Recruiter badge. Patterned edge.  Pin back. 29.50mm. No maker's name
Camping & Caravan Club Recruiter badge. Patterned edge. Pin back. 29.50mm. No maker’s name

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.

25 years unbroken membership of the Camping Club of G B & I
25 years unbroken membership of the Camping Club of G B & I.
Pin back. 22.60mm x 23.15mm. No maker’s name
25 years unbroken membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club [CCC]
25 years unbroken membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club [CCC]. Pin back. 22.55mm x 22.65mm. Maker- Romfield Sports

Long membership (broken)

25 Years membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Post 1983
25 Years membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Post 1983.
Brooch pin with safety wheel. 25.30mm x 22.15mm. No maker’s name
25 Years membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Post 1983
25 Years membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Post 1983.
Butterfly clasp. 21.50mm x 25.10mm. No maker’s name
The Camping and Caravanning Club- 50 years
50 Years membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Post 1983. Butterfly clasp. 21.40mm x 25.10mm. No maker’s name

Sub-section groups

The Camping Club of G.B. & I. Folk Group. Acrylic on brass. Pin back. 29mm. No maker's name
The Camping Club of G.B. & I. Folk Group. Acrylic on brass. Patterned gilt surround. Pin back. 29mm. No maker’s name
The Camping & Caravanning Club Folk Group. Acrylic on brass. Plain gilt surround. Pin back. 29mm. No maker's name. " British Made" on back
The Camping & Caravanning Club Folk Group. Acrylic on brass. Plain gilt surround. Pin back. 29mm. No maker’s name. ” British Made” on back

Motor Caravan Section- sub-section formed in 1962

The Camping Clun of Great Britain & Ireland- Motor Caravan Section
The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland- Motor Caravan Section. 22mm
The Camping & Caravanning Club- Motor Caravan Section
The Camping & Caravanning Club- Motor Caravan Section. Butterfly clasp. 22.20mm. Maker- AAA Badges

Trailer Tent Group– sub-section formed in 1967

Trailer Tent Group- C.C.G.B.&I.
Trailer Tent Group- C.C.G.B.&I. Pin back. 27mm. Maker- Lambournes

Other…

Badge and certificate awarded annually to the member who has contributed to the club in significant manner. A prestigious award
Badge and certificate awarded to the members who have contributed to the club in significant manner. A prestigious award

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

Cloth Camping Club badge
Cloth badge- The Camping Club of Great Britain & Ireland. 76mm diameter
Cloth badge, plain surround. 79mm
Cloth badge- The Camping Club, plain surround. 79mm diameter
Camping and Caravanning Club cloth badge
Cloth badge- The Camping and Caravanning Club. 86mm diameter

Car grill badges were also produced by The Camping Club and their later incarnations however those fall outside the scope of this list..

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.

Reproduced club badges produced for the Camping Club on their centenary in 2001
Reproduced club badges produced for the Camping Club on their centenary in 2001
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