Scouts should know how to build a fire. I am always amazed how many kids don’t understand the concept of using tinder and small sticks. This snack will help introduce the concept.
This would be a good activity for Webelos about to head out on their first camp out. Use it in conjuction with the Webelos Outdoorsman activity badge.
Troop Instructors could also use this snack to teach fire building skills to newly crossed over Scouts. Demonstrate in the meeting room with this method and then let them go outside and have a try at doing it themselves.
Be creative with the ingredients. I’ve suggested some, but there are lots of other possibilities. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
- Pretzel rods
- Pretzel sticks
- Chow mein noodles
- Shredded wheat, shredded (the full size type works better than the spoon size)
- Candy corn
- Red hots
- Yellow, orange, and red fruit rollups, cut into small strips
- Paper plates
- Using the pretzel rods as logs, pretzel sticks and chow mein noodles as sticks, and shredded wheat as tinder, arrange the ingredients like you are building a fire on the paper plate.
- “Light” the fire by adding candy corn, red hots, and bits of fruit rollups