A dark and damp Monday evening found the Explorers of the “Wolf Pack” facing an outdoor challenge.
Having been warned to dress for the weather and bring a knife and torch they were paired up then given a paper bag which contained the following:
- A cotton wool ball
- One stick of dry wood
- A box of matches with only five matches in
- Two individual sachets of hot chocolate
- Two polystyrene cups
- Two small plastic spoons
- Two empty bean tins
They then had to go into the darkness and get a fire going and make a hot drink. Simple? But not as easy as you might think.
Object of the activity: To demonstrate how difficult it can be to get a fire going when conditions are not perfect and to give an idea as to what extra kit to pack on expedition.
- Lessons learned:
- That in ‘the wild’ one member of the group should carry a small axe
- Another member should carry a lightweight ‘tarp’ to rig a shelter
- Also having a film container with a fire lighter in it or candle stub would help damp wood to get going
- Depending on the weather, the amount of time required to set up camp + fire before night fall should be extended
The use of natural fire enhances such as pine resin was also discussed. All in all quite a few lessons were learned.
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