How to Build a Campfire

How to Build a Campfire

by Clarke Green on November 7, 2012

Here’s a simple formula for how to build a campfire, it’s easy to remember. ‘Gather’ and ‘Build’ are  the key concepts:



…everything before you strike a match. The sizes and amounts are rules of thumb, don’t over-engineer things. For some reason my Scouts always seem to break the sticks they gather into tiny pieces, keep them close to the sizes specified and you’ll have a better chance of succeeding.


… don’t be overly concerned with trying to make a teepee or a log cabin or any of the traditional illustrated fire lays that look nice and neat – get the tinder burning, add the kindling and then the fuel.  A fire has to have something to burn, don’t be shy. Most of my fires are piles, some look a little like teepees, just do what works. Fires spread up more than out, get the kindling and fuel directly over the flame.

How to Build a Campfire

Leave No Trace

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 They have a GREAT page on Leave No Trace.

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to
  • Be clean in my outdoor manners. I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of it for myself and others I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.

  • Be careful with fire. I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only where they are appropriate. When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out. I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.

  • Be considerate in the outdoors. I will treat public and private property with respect. I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping — and

  • Be conservation minded. I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same.


  The EDGE Method


The EDGE method is a four step method for teaching a skill: 

  •      Explain
  •      Demonstrate
  •      Guide
  •       Enable  


First explain what you will be doing. Tell them the steps involved. Visual aids might be helpful for this step. Use questions to gauge their understanding.



Show them how to do the skill. Demonstrate the steps using the actual materials. Describe what you are doing.



Let them practice the skill. Guide and coach them as they try to do it themselves. This step will take the most time.



Enable them by letting them do the skill themselves without any intervention.

Tips for Winter Camping

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Sleep Warm While Camping With These Ten Tips

by Clarke Green on November 1, 2012

In especially cold weather changing clothes before getting in a sleeping bag can make a big difference, as can having a pair of loosely fitting wool or fleece socks just for sleeping. Sleeping bag insulation will be compressed when it is packed ss fluffing it up and redistributing the insulation is important.We need to sleep warm while camping  for peace of mind and safety. We’ll be more prone to make mistakes or missteps if  haven’t slept well. A good sleeping bag, adequate insulation from the ground and warm synthetic or wool clothing are key to nighttime comfort.

How to Sleep Warm 

The Best Bird Guide Website

The best bird guide and bird watching search engine to identify birds!

Grog's Index of Scouting Knots

These animated knots are described for scouts, but most of them have critical uses in other environments.

Rope Works

This site was originally created to encourage the safe use of rope. It also provided details about the author, Gerald L Findley's book "Rope Works".

Food Pryamid - 2nd & 1st Class information

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Food Pryamid,  Food Groups information.

First Class Req #1 - Navigating at Night without a compass


The Stars
The sun, moon, stars and planets all play a role in celestial navigation and before the advent of technology; sailors learned how to navigate their ships even at night time by relying on this method. Although it can’t be 100% accurate, it can give you a good indication of the general direction in which you’re heading.
Remember that the sun always rises in the east and sets in the west but not exactly due East or Due West. That depends on the season and where you are located in the northern hemisphere. When it reaches its highest point at 12:pm (noon), its direction will be true south in the northern hemisphere. The North Star or Polaris determines a northerly direction in the northern hemisphere and although it’s not the brightest star as you may have heard, it’s important because unlike the rest of the stars in the night sky, its position remains fixed in the same place all the time, so if you follow it, you know that you are heading north.
By being able to locate much more recognizable constellations on a clear night such as the Big Dipper (shaped like a one handled wheelbarrow) and Cassiopeia (shaped like the letter ‘W’), you’ll find it much easier to locate the North Star and it’s useful to do some research on maps of the night sky to aid you with navigation by the stars.
If you locate Ursa Major or "The Big Dipper: as shown in the photo below, draw direct line off the ladle towards Cassiopeia you'll cross the handle of Ursa Minor or "The Little Dipper". The last star on Ursa Minor's "handle" is Polaris or "The North Star" .

Polaris Photo: This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and the European Space Agency. Hubble material is copyright-free. Material published by NASA may be freely used as in the public domain without restriction, although NASA requests credit and notification of further use. ESA requires that they be credited as the source of any of their material that is used. The material was created for NASA by STScI under Contract NAS5-26555 and for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre.
The Moon

The moon is a compass or more accurately a pointer to the north star. So if you can see the moon you should be able to find north. There are two ways to do this.

The first way involves knowing something about the "look" of the moon or more specifically it's patterns. On a fairly full moon you can see a crescent of shadows. On the picture below the finger in the full moon points to the north.

When the moon is at a phase where you can see where the "crescent" starts you can find north by making an imaginary line from the tips of the crescent to the north star. Or where the north star is. If you look real close in this picture below, you can see that the line drawn from the tips of the crescent also cross the finger in the shadows as well. It's not perfect, but I did my best "artist" impression. Many times when the moon is at different stages you can't really see the detail as pictured below, therefore drawing the imaginary line may be more accurate.

If you notice how far this is at night, you can measure this same distance in the day to find north.


Because the moon simply reflects the sun’s light and produces no light of its own and because of what we know about the sun’s daily pattern, we can also use the moon for direction at certain phases of its monthly progress. If it’s in a crescent phase, simply draw an imaginary line between both tips of the crescent and on downwards until you reach the horizon. The point where it touches the horizon is approximately South in the northern hemisphere. And, if the moon rises before the sun sets, the illuminated side will be west but if it rises after dark, the illuminated side will be east.

Finding the North Star

Sky Tour of Circumpolar Constellations