Backyard Campfires

Campfire

Now that the weather is getting cooler and our fall events are over, we’re really starting to miss summer camp and all the activity it brings to Camp Fletcher! If you’re starting to miss summer camp, too, then we’ve got something just for you. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be posting some awesome ways to bring Camp Fletcher home. The temperature is lower and the days are shorter, but we’ve got some really creative ways to celebrate the spirit of Camp Fletcher all year long!

Campfires at Camp Fletcher are one of the best parts about our summer sessions, but fall is the perfect time to have your own camp fire at home! We know the cooler weather may have you missing camp, so we’re excited about the first post in our new series, designed to help you enjoy all the things you love about camp during the off season! Summer will be here before you know it, and we’re so excited about everything we have planned for Spring and Summer 2016. If you just can’t wait, though, we’ve got the best tips for having your own campfire at home!

Cool November evenings are the perfect time for your family to enjoy a campfire at home! When building a camp fire at home, be sure to follow these safety tips from Smokey Bear!

Building Your Campfire:
1. Gather tinder, kindling and larger pieces of wood (fuel).
2. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire ring/pit.
3. Add kindling
4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter
5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it in the fire
6. Add more tinder as the fire grows
7. Blow lightly at the base of the fire
8. Add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going
9. Keep the fire small and under control

Maintaining Your Campfire:
As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:
1. Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
2. Keep your fire to a manageable size
3. Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
4. Never leave your campfire unattended
5. Never cut live trees or branches from live trees

Extinguishing Your Campfire:
When you’re ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these guidelines:
1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
3. Pour until hissing sound stops
4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

A camp fire in your backyard is the perfect place to roast marshmallows and make s’mores, sing songs and even tell some scary stories! When it’s time to go inside, though, be sure you extinguish your fire properly. You should never walk away from anything that can start back up. Fires need to be drowned in water, stirred, drowned some more and before walking away you should be able to feel that it is cold to the touch. This is especially important for us at camp. Also, never run around or horseplay around the fire, children and animals should always be supervised and an adult should ALWAYS make sure that the fire is out!

Camp fires at home can be a lot of fun, but you always want to be safe! Be sure to pick a good area far enough away from your house and free of any debris. You also want to be aware of weather conditions: when humidity is low and wind is high, there is an increased danger of forest fires. 

We can’t wait to have everyone back at Camp Fletcher for more campfires, fun, memories and more. Until then, however, we hope you’ll enjoy a campfire at home with your family!

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