For one Camp Fire bead . . .

To earn one Camp Fire honor bead, a youth must accomplish a specific goal or task. After showing proof of accomplishment (usually a parent's signature), the youth is eligible to be awarded the bead. Honor beads are awarded periodically in Camp Fire ceremonials. The following are examples of how Camp Fire youth may earn honor beads. All are taken from Camp Fire's Adventure Trails book.


  • O-110: Track an animal by its marks in the snow, sand, mud, or dirt. Identify the animal by its tracks.
  • O-116: Recognize and identify several birds by their calls. If possible, tape record these bird calls. Or, learn to imitate the bird calls.
  • O-128: Without touching the plants, tell the difference between poison ivy and Virginia Creeper or between poison sumac and harmless sumac. Or, be able to identify poison oak -- often called oak leaf poison ivy -- or stinging nettles. Explain how to protect yourself against poisionous plants. Tell what to do if you are exposed to these plants.
  • O-175: Show that you know how to use and care for a pocket knife.
  • For more Outdoors action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • CA-137: Take a picture and learn to print it on a surface such as cloth, glass, wood, or metal.
  • CA-154: Dye a piece of fabric using natural dye made from berries, plants, animal fats, or other natural materials.
  • CA-186: Make, glaze, and fire a piece of raku pottery.
  • CA-222: Make a simple leather article such as a sheath, key holder, coin holder, billfold, belt, bookmark. Decorate with symbol or other design.
  • For more Creative Arts action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • CT-111: Trace your family heritage for three generations. Talk to a parent, grandparent, or other adult in your family. Draw a family tree to show what you learned.
  • CT-136: Pick up litter on your school grounds or around your neighborhood for one week.
  • CT-179: Find out who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives. Write a letter to your representative. State your ideas on an issue you think is important.
  • CT-193: Read an important historical document of our nation. Read the Preamble to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, an important American Indian treaty, or the Emancipation Proclamation. Be able to tell in your own words what this document means.
  • For more Citizenship action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • H-148: Describe the symptoms of shock. Demonstrate what to do for a person who is in shock.
  • H-150: Demonstrate the correct method for giving mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration.
  • H-269: Work regularly in a family garden. Agree with your family on what you will do and for how long.
  • H-300: Lay, pin, and cut a garment from a pattern.
  • For more Home action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • B-114: Ask a business person or lawyer to explain to you what a contract is. Found out how contracts are used.
  • B-124: Request information from three different stores about an item you are interested in buying. Make a chart before you start to record your information. Decide which store you would probably purchase from.
  • B-175: Write a computer code with at least ten commands. Run your program.
  • B-197: Talk to a person who belongs to a union. Get this person's opinion on the usefulness of unions. Talk to someone else who does not belong to a union and get that person's opinion, too.
  • For more Business action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • SG-149: Learn how to take a fish off a hook and put it on a stringer.
  • SG-247: Explain safety rules and precautions for shooting a rifle.
  • SG-248: Learn and demonstrate two body positions for holding and shooting a rifle.
  • SG-249: Set a goal to improve your shooting score. Practice regularly to meet your goal.
  • For more Sports & Games action crafts, CLICK HERE.


  • S-125: Fill a small bucket half full of water. Hold onto the bucket's handle. Keep your arm straight and swing the bucket up and around in a circular motion. The water stays in the bucket even when it is upside down because of centrifugal force.
  • S-153: Watch a spider spin a web. Draw a diagram showing how it was done.
  • S-182: Find out how to use a tree's rings to learn its age. Find a tree stump. Determine how old the tree was when it was cut.
  • S-264: Make a sketch of the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the horizon line early some evening. Six hours later on the same night, do the same thing again. Record the date and time of each sketch. Compare your sketches. Explain any changes.
  • For more Science action crafts, CLICK HERE.

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