• What Is Firecrafters?
Firecrafters is a Boy Scout honor camper association similar to the Order of the Arrow. My
best information that the only surviving part of the organization is in Crossroads of America
Council, Indianapolis, Indiana. This short synopsis of the Firecrafter Organization is
dedicated to my late uncle, Henry Marsh, who became an Eagle Scout at Camp Belzer in
1920 and the Firecrafter's first Minisino in 1921. I too am a Firecrafter (1972), though it has
been many years since I was last active with them. And yes I am a member of the Order of
the Arrow - Vigil 1971. My apologies in advance for any recent changes that I am not aware
of having happened.
Fircrafters was conceived by Chief Belzer of the then Central Indiana Council in 1920 as an
association of honor Scout campers to promote the best values in Scouting among youth.
This was in the days before the Order of the Arrow was adopted by the National Office of the
Boy Scouts of America as the primary honor camper association.
In the 1920s and 1930s the Firecrafter organization took hold in many Midwester Councils
and was particularly strong in Indiana and Illinois.
Over the years Firecrafters lost ground to the Order of the Arrow and by the late 1960s was
only active in four councils. In the early 1970s these Councils introduced the Order of the
Arrow and membership gradually declined. As of this writing I am only aware of one
Council that continues to have a Firecrafter organization - Crossroads of America Council.
Each Council Firecrafter Organization was composed of Embers (similar to Order of the
Arrow Chapters) in each District. Each Ember had a distinctive flap patch (similar to Order
of the Arrow flap patches). For Firecrafter service and events members wore an olive drab
athletic shirt adorned with a backpatch sized circular badge of Firecrafter rank over a white
T-shirt with uniform shorts or trousers. For normal uniform wear a three inch version of the
Firecrafter Badge of rank was worn suspen