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.
The UCO Candle Lantern has been around for decades. It may be thought a little surprising that UCO have not produced more accessories in the past forty years. But what can you add to a candle lantern? Three Points of the Compass has a glance at what there is.
The Olight Obulb is a small rechargeable LED globe lantern that provides 360° of soft light. It has a wide range of possible applications. The light weight and size, weather proofness, warm low light and runtime also makes it suitable for some backpacking and camping application.
Victorinox do like to release limited editions of their standard range of knives. Normally these will simply be a special colour for the handles. In 2022 Victorinox took the Cadet, one of their most popular knives and changed the handle material. This enabled them to add a couple of tools. Careful scale design has also made this an extremely attractive knife that pays homage to many of the iconic sights to be found in its country of origin.
Three Points of the Compass has previously looked at a couple of small and light lanterns for use in camp or home. One was candle-powered, the other was gas-powered. As an alternative- the little BRS-55 is a gas-powered 'candle' lantern.
This map measure is a quality instrument from a well-known French manufacturer, but with a twist. The Miledial was especially made for export to the US market, to be sold by one of the premier retailers of nautical instruments
The study of many aspects of natural history, both indoors and in the field, can often be aided by the use of a magnifying lens, also called a hand lens, or loupe. There are cheap loupes and there are expensive loupes. There are really poor loupes and there are excellent loupes. What there isn't, is a really good cheap loupe. But it is possible to buy one that isn't too scarily expensive.