Re: Fire Starting
Turba, Thomas N (Thomas.Turba@UNISYS.COM)
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 14:43:06 -0400
One of the ways the Scouts liked to start the final, ceremonial campfire
for summer camp when I was Scoutmaster was to call upon the spirits (the
spirit of the north wind, the spirit of campfires past, the spirit of
friendship, ...). As the speaker would call upon the spirits, the
campfire would magically start with no one near it. It always amazed
the new Scouts.
The older Scouts knew the magic and handed it down year after year. It
was the magic of electricity. When the new Scouts were not around they
would lay an old telephone wire under the ground from the fire pit to a
hidden place where a battery would later be placed. The ignitor was
thin wire wrapped around several matches. This was placed under a well
constructed pile of tinder (with ample air space) that was covered with
a roof of birch bark. Small twigs, then larger sticks were placed
around it. When the time came, one of the older Scouts would connect
the battery and the fire would magically start.
The boys did it all themselves. All I did was bring along the wire in a
hidden place and a battery for them to use. In the process they not
only learned good fire-starting techniques, a little about electricity,
and a lot about passing on a tradition.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
ASM Troop 297 (Among other things)
E-mail: Thomas.Turba@Unisys.Com -or-
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