Re: Fire Building
Rick Kendall (marge.tsf.nid.csc.com!rick@BARNEY.TSF.NID.CSC.COM)
Fri, 16 Sep 1994 11:22:03 -0700
When we are in a car camp or camp-o-ree situation where we cannout build
ground fires, we have had permission to do the following, and use our
back pack grills for cooking etc:
Place three bricks on the ground (rocks will do) so air can get in
underneath. Put a metal trash can lid on top and fill with damp soil or
sand. Build your fires (small) on this bed. After the campout, when the
ashes are wet and cold, burry them.
Helped run a fire building competition at the last camp-o-ree. Gave
each patrol one piece of wood 2"x12"x12". They have all the time they
want to turn this wood into material for a fire lay. Timed event starts
when they bring the prepared materials to the fire area. They construct
a fire lay no higher than a string strung between two posts. Time stops
when another string about 8 to 10" higher is burned through. Points
deducted if they use paper for tinder. Points deducted if they use more
than two matches. Extra bonus points if they used no matches (flint &
steel, magnesium & striker, etc. (no lighters). Worked great.
Camp-o-ree had patrols of equal capability competing against each other:
Webelow, new scouts, intermediate scouts, and experienced scouts. Does
require a shovel and a barrel to place the 1/2 burned firewood, and some
water to douse the wood (in the barrel).
Another method is to time from start of fire lay to popping more than
half of 10 popcorn kernels.
Rick Kendall firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM, Troop 103
Webelos Leader, Pack 63 Del Rio District, Los Padres Council, Lompoc CA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City