Activities & Games

No Campfire, No Problem

An activity to get you thinking about campfires alternatives


Ages: 9 and up

Group Size: any

Time: 15-30 minutes

Materials: Pen and paper or whiteboard

Directions: Share this scenario with your group. Imagine you are camping in the mountains. The air is a bit chilly as your group begins preparation for the evening meal. You plan to build a fire to cook hot-dogs and heat up cans of chili. The fire will also take the chill out of the night air. As you begin to pile sticks inside the fire ring, a ranger approaches your group and informs you that there is a ban on fires due to dry weather. You will not be able to build a fire.

Split the group evenly into three teams or option to stay together as a whole group. Give each group one of the following prompts:

What will you do about dinner?
How will you deal with the chilly air?
How will not having a fire change your night time activities?
Give groups 5-10 minutes to brainstorm and then have them come together and share with the whole group.

Group Discussion
It is recommended that all visitors to natural areas minimize their use of fires, even when there is not a fire ban. Create a plan for your next outing which does not include fires. You may wish to discuss different types of food, food repackaging, and the value of using lightweight foods instead of canned goods. Discuss the value of contacting land managers to learn about local regulations.


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