ORIGINAL MYSTERY PATCH DESCRIPTION 1996
Matt Baldwin relates that former Firecrafter Historian John
Pratt has a brain teaser that still remains unanswered. John wrote: "We were a part of a council
contingency headed for Philmont. We would stay overnight one night and a day at
the Koshare Indian dancers Kiva in La Junta Co. The scoutmaster's office in the
kiva had a patch collection on the wall with patches from every council that had
visited the kiva. Some of the patches were OA of course, but the familiar
Firecrafter patch caught my eye. Since it is against the by-laws for non-fire
members to hold insignia I was curious. I examined several patches with the
Firecrafter design all said FIRECRAFTER at the bottom of the blue patch and the
name of the rank across the top of the blue patch. The firecrafter patch
remained the same, but camper, woodsman, or firecrafter was across the top.
Imagine a firecrafter patch with the word CAMPER across the top and you get the
picture. Weird and not from the CAC for sure. I also noticed one blue patch
with a pine tree as the only insignia and a three pointed fire under the tree.
The word FIRECRAFTER on the bottom and the word TRAPPER across the top of the
blue patch. No other markings, and no one recognized the rank. Another
mystery. I asked every one on staff at the kiva about the patch and most had no
idea of what I was refering to. The scoutmaster is long dead now. So even
another rank was invented some where in the USA."
Michael F. Bowman: My theory is that this Trapper patch was a rank similar to Minisino for Camp Post, South Plains Council, Texas, which once had an active Fire.