Throughout the years, many items change within the different printings of the handbooks, manuals, merit badge books, and fieldbooks. One topic stays constant is the three materials you need to make fire.Read More
1980 - Ninth Edition: Boy Scout Handbook
Matches are OK for starting cooking fires. A campfire deserves better. Add to its romance by lighting it the way Indians and early settlers did it.
Fire By Friction. This was the Indian way of making fire. For this you need a fire-making set made up of spindle, fire-board, hand block, bow, and tinder.
To make fire by friction, put the tinder on the ground, Place the fireboard over the tinder. Kneel on one knee. Place the other foot on the fireboard. Twist bowstring once tightly around the spindle. Hold spindle upright with the hand block. Rest the hand holding the hand block against the knee.
Set the spindle spinning with long strokes of the bow. Increase the pressure. Keep going until heavy smoke rises. Knock the ember formed in the notch in the fireboard into the tinder. Blow it into flame with steady blows.
Fire has been made in 6.4 seconds. What's your aim?
Pencil Method - Have a friend whose height you know stand against the tree (your walking stick will also work if you know the length of it). Hold a pencil or short stick at arms length, sight across the top of it to the top of your friend's head. At the same time move over your thumb on the stick until you sight across it to the base of the tree. Then raise your arm and the stick, until your line of sight over your thumb hits the top of your friends head. Note where your line of vision across the top of the stick cuts the tree. Move your arm up again, and repeat the process. Thus you find out the number of many times higher the tree is, than the known height (your friend or walking stick). Multiply that number by the known height, to find the height of the tree.
- 100% Cotton Balls
- Petroleum Jelly (any brand works)
- Bag to store in (close-able plastic bag)
to keep in mind is that you need to have coals to cook your meal. There are many options on what to cook with a tin foil dinner. Some of my favorites are fajitas, stir-fry, and good old Scouter Hash. To save on cooking time, precook your meal at home and wrap in the tin foil. When you reach camp, and the coals are ready, you will be the first one eating while the others are waiting an hour for their hash to cook.
Scouter Hash Recipe
Use about 3 feet of tin foil
Place items within the tin foil as follows:
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 diced potato
1 diced carrot
1 diced green pepper
1 diced onion
2 TBS butter
Start fire, wait for coals, place with meat side down first on coals, turn over after you hear sizzling for 2 minutes, let cook for another 5-10 minutes, remove with tongs and enjoy.