Outdoor Skills – Field Sense

Setting Up Camp


Complete your campsite by preparing for waste disposal. Dig your latrines at least 75 steps from camps, trails or water sources & bury them before you leave

Building an Open Fire

More than 100,000 acres are burned each year in wildfires.
Be careful with fire!


Clear an area at least 10' in diameter.


Building a Fire


Tinder - Place in a small, tight pile at the center of the fire ring


Kindling - Stack loose enough to allow air flow but close so it catches fire


Light - Ignite the fire at the bottom of tinder pile


Fuel - Larger sticks & logs should be added as the fire is going well


Food Preparation

It is more difficult to refrigerate food outdoors. Take special care with meats and milks. Get more ice than you'll need. Foil or wire mesh are helpful for cooking.


Foil cooking is possible because aluminum doesn't readily burn. Carry used foil out with you.


Wire mesh can also be used


If no wire mesh is available, rest a long stick on a forked support so that it can hold food over the fire. Wrap food around the stick.


Cooking with a Tin


Stand the tin on some rocks so that a fire can be lit beneath it. Build up rocks and earth - or, better, clay - around back and sides and over it, but leaving a space behind for heat and smoke to move around the back.



Use a stick to make a chimney hole from above to the space at the back.


Alternatives to Open Fire Cooking

Backpacking stove (propane)
Campstove - (white gas)

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