The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire

The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire

Today is National S’mores Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a bite full of chocolate, gooey goodness? Any s’more aficionado (or Scout) will tell you the most authentic way to prepare this quintessential camping treat is over a campfire.

However, campout desserts aren’t the only reason to equip yourself with proper campfire know-how. By learning how to safely build a fire, you can Be Prepared for a multitude of scenarios in the outdoors.

Check out our latest #HandbookHacks video below, then head to page 388 of the Boy Scout Handbook 13th Edition to learn how to build a blaze that’s usable, safe, and kind to the environment.

Safety First!

Keep yourself and others safe by taking responsibility for every fire you build. Always remember to:

  • Find out ahead of time if fires are permitted, or if there is a burn ban in the area you plan to build your campfire.
  • Try to find a pre-existing campfire area.
  • Keep an eye on your campfire at all times.
  • Extinguish every fire when you’re done.

Have you perfected your fire-building skills? Share your favorite campfire memory in the comments!

Rochelle Randles

Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire
The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire
The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire
The Outdoor #HandbookHack You Must Know: How to Build a Campfire