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Requirements Key:


Req. Sub. Description: 

Trail Life Handbook

(First Printing)

Trail Life Handbook

(Second Printing)

1.  Explain how being a good steward and observing the low impact camping method applies to fires.  

pg. 141

pg 117

In addition to the Trailman's Handbook items: 


  • Prepare expectations so that everyone is aware of what types of fires will be used..
  • Take advantage of weather information for last minute planning.
  • If there is no fire ring, do not make one. Instead, build a mound fire
  • Avoid using hatchets, saws, or breaking branches off standing or downed trees. Dead and down wood burns easily, is easy to collect and leaves less impact.
  • When using gathered wood, use small pieces of wood no larger than the diameter of an adult wrist that can be broken with your hands.
  • Gather wood over a wide area away from camp to avoid depleting all the debris in a given area.
  • Don't bring firewood from home. Either buy it from a local source or gather it responsibly where allowed.
  • Replace soil where you found it when cleaning up a mound fire.
  • Scatter unused wood to keep the area as natural looking as possible.]
  • Pack out any campfire litter. Plastic items and foil-lined wrappers should never be burned in a camp fire.
2. Fire Safety        
  a. Explain the use of buckets, rakes, and shovels in containing a campfire in a certain location.    
  b. Describe safe places to have a campfire, how to learn local regulations, and how to set up a fire circle.    
  c. Describe safe vs. unsafe clothing near campfires and open flames.    
  d. Describe safe vs. unsafe behavior around a campfire.

pg. 141

pg 117

  e. Demonstrate how to put out fire on your clothing, hair, or body.    
  f. Demonstrate safe striking of stick and book matches and safe use of a lighter.    
3. Fire Materials      
  a. Explain the use and purpose of tinder, kindling, and fuel firewood.    
  b. Explain why wet, green, and ant/vine covered wood are unsafe and not good for fires.    
  c. Describe several types of fire starters that can be made or purchased.    
4. Fire Building      
  a. Demonstrate building at least three different fire-lays and explain when you would use each one.      
  b. Light one of the fire lays, tend it, and keep it burning until you are done with it.    
  • Trailman demonstrates
  c. When finished with the fire, demonstrate the proper way to extinguish it to dead-out.    






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