Today I ran my first fire-building class with campers who weren’t in the OLS program. We rolled up to the campfire ring while collecting small sticks.
The teaching started with an explanation of fire as a living thing that requires two things to live and grow, fuel to burn and air to breath.
Then I had the kids make a startup pile and we tried to light each one. When their piles got going stoke levels skyrocketed! After that little experiment we all teamed up to get a big fire going so we could roast smores. Some of the kids enjoyed their first ever graham/chocolate/mallow sandwich, I liked that.
Finally we poured a bunch of water on our project to put it out cold and that was that…