Outdoor Skills: Fire

For each level, learn all of the required information and complete the challenges. These activities can correspond for any age group.

 

Work these skills into your regular programming and outdoor activities. These outdoor skills are perfect for Guiding and Scouting groups, camp providers, teachers and anyone wanting to learn important outdoor skills. Incorporate these skills in your outdoor education programming today!

All levels of the merit crests can be purchased from E-Patches & Crests.

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LEVEL I

  • Learn the fire triangle

  • Learn different ways to put out a fire

  • Learn campfire safety

  • Learn campfire rules and etiquette 

  • Learn about the different kinds of matches (safety matches and strike-anywhere matches), and how to care and store them safely

  • Learn the difference between tinder, kindling and fuel wood

  • Learn how to differentiate dry/dead wood versus green/live wood

  • Learn how to setup or lay a TeePee or Log Cabin style fire

Complete at least 2 of the following Skill Challenges

Challenge I

Make an emergency fire-starter or an emergency tinder and match kit

Challenge II

Use matches to light a fire using the TeePee or Log Cabin style fire.

Challenge III

Practice extinguishing a fire with water or snow and stirring the ashes. Make sure your campfire is safe to leave.

Helpful Links & Resources

LEVEL II

  • Complete Level I

  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of a least 4 different fire construction methods/fire-lays, and how to construct them

  • Learn about fire starting with a magnifier or reflector

  • Learn about fire starting with a flint and steel (magnesium and ferrocerium)

Complete at least 2 of the following Skill Challenges

Challenge I

Construct a fire style of your choice and ignite using only a flint and steel

Challenge II

Construct and ignite a  fire on top of snow or in rainy/wet conditions

Challenge III

Construct and ignite a fire using a magnifier or reflector

Helpful Links & Resources

LEVEL III

Complete at least 2 of the following Skill Challenges

Challenge I

Construct and ignite a fire using a flint and steel or drill of your choice using only natural foraged materials

Challenge II

Construct and ignite a fire using only a battery and steel wool

Challenge III

Construct and ignite a fire using natural materials and conifer resin or another emergency fire flammable (petroleum jelly, hand-sanitiizer...)

Helpful Links & Resources

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