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
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 were instituted in 1907. Birmingham District Association was the first.
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..
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.
Many will be aware that lindal valve gas canisters can be expensive, while bayonet connector butane cartridges can be much more affordable. There is a cheap, tiny, copper transfer nozzle available for putting the contents of one, in to the other...
The G-Works Gas Saver Plus is a handy little device for utilising cheap cartridges of butane, or gathering together the contents of almost empty canisters into one. Though simple to use, extreme care must be taken nonetheless.
Two Victorinox models provide good options in a modest 84mm frame. Unburdened by unnecessary function, the single-layer Bantam is the simplest while the two-layer Cadet offers just a few more tools. Both models come with attractive alox scales and weigh very little.
Many of us will have managed to fit in a few weeks of backpacking this year and some gear might have been having a rough time of it. Beside cleaning, re-proofing and condition checking, think about including an inspection of the O-rings fitted to gas and multi-fuel stoves.