New arrivals from Peter Johnstone’s Spencer Smith Miniatures and their Shiny Toy Soldiers range of 42mm Little Britons LBB30 Boy Scouts – an ongoing project as part of my DMZ Demilitarised Gaming.
This figure have formed the bulk of my Boy Scout figures for Scouting Wide Games and provided the basic figure for my Girl Scout conversions.
New recruits parading in front of my reprint Camp Fire Girls USA 1912 handbook and original British Camp Fire Girls handbook 1925 with original hand-made handicraft cover with ‘Native American’ style symbols.
32 shiny new Boy Scout figures from Spencer Smith 42mm Little Britons STS Shiny Toy Soldiers range. These boys are not 42mm adult figures but scaled to fit.
Flash free, crisply cast and speedily despatched – excellent service, thanks Peter! Highly recommended! £1.25 each.
Camp Fire Girls
One patrol of eight with the addition of tissue paper skirts, bloomers or knickerbockers and some alteration of hats will make a Camp Fire Girls Group, either British Camp Fire Girls or American ones. These were a non-militaristic, more pacifist and woodcraft alternative to Scouts and Guides, founded in 1912 in the USA and 1921 (up to the 1970s) in Britain.
Image Source: Camp Fire Girls USA 1912 handbook
Their aim or object (1912) was “to add the power of organisation and the charm of romance to health, work and play.”
A bit like the “cloak of romance” of Wide Games that Baden Powell believed made outdoor games more interesting, almost roleplaying games?
Camp Fire (Girls) survives in a co-ed inclusive version today in the USA as Camp Fire.
I don’t think I will have any of my Camp Fire Girls in the now controversial ceremonial Indian robes, as these would not have been worn on tramps, hikes and Wide Games. I think there is already enough to the Camp Fire Movement to have no (further or future) need for these ceremonial robes anyway.
“Uniform is optional” – Image Source: Camp Fire Girls USA 1912 handbook
The lemon squeezer Scout hat on the LBB30 Boy Scout just needs softening a bit to make the Camp Fire Girls. The existing Scout scarf should paint up to make the neck tie.
American Camp Fire Girls, if they wore uniform, favoured a white, khaki or green “Middy” blouse (from Midshipman- Navy?) with a sailor collar), wide dark neck ties like a scout scarf.
A bit more ‘uniform’ than the 1912 American version? Brown. Image source: 1925 British Camp Fire Girls handbook in my collection.
Uniform research screenshots from 1920s Everygirls Magazine (Camp Fire USA) https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000531331
Some excellent uniform reference Everygirl’s Magazine covers and adverts.
It looks like I might need to add a blanket roll to some figures as well.
“On a tramp” – Image source: Camp Fire Girls USA 1912 Handbook
Toot- toot! I think we ought to have a bugler!
Empire Patrol or World Scouts
I already have my ‘Empire Patrol’ of eight Boy Scouts, painted in old Britain’s shiny toy soldier style.
Four of whom are dark skinned to represent African or Caribbean Scouts.
I already have four generic scouts with lighter brown skin that could be any group from Mexicans, Native American, South American, Maori or southeast Asians. I shall add four more to each group to make two full world or Empire patrols of eight.
This can take scouting Wide Games out into a much wider range of tropical or semi-desert landscapes or just visiting pre WW1 or interwar England for a Jamboree?
Girl Guide Patrol
Girl Guide Patrol
One patrol will be converted with skirts to become blue tunicked Girl Guides (uniform worn from 1910 onwards). I already have my Daisy Patrol (above) of the earlier khaki or loosely uniformed Girl Scouts in 1908/1909.
The khaki ones can stand in for American Girl Scouts or Peace Girl Scouts in New Zealand (Above).
A lovely patrol photograph in my collection of an unknown early Baden Powell Girl Guides group (see the BPGG on some of their hatbands) with their staves, smart blue rather than khaki uniforms. Officers centre in slouch hat and cockade. C1910s to early 1920s.
Experimental figure conversions
The final eight Scout figures are for experiments in conversion – they may become extra Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts, American Boy Scouts or even a few Kibbo Kift with their strange Saxon cloaks and hoods. Maybe even a wandervogel (pre-scouting German Youth Movement). If these prototype conversions work, I can make up more …
And if I need more figures to experiment with, I’m sure I can easily order some more from Peter at Spencer Smith Miniatures.
This DMZ Scouting Wide Games Project should keep me busy whilst War trundles on in Eastern Europe.
Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, May Day 1st May 2022