Campfire Skillz

Illogical.

Every great man and mountain lady will face the challenge sometime in their life of building their own campfire.  Whether it be for post-apocalyptic survival or for s’more smores, there will be a moment where all societal expectation will be put to the test and your primitive skills will step-up to the ultimate evaluation.

But fear not!  The Cove Interp Team is here to assist you, in fact, gift you with life-long skills for building a campfire that is sure to impress your manliest, flannel-wearing, beard sporting, caveman friends.

Last summer, park hosts Dave and Heather presented an interactive and in-depth campfire building program that demonstrated the essentials for building a perfect campfire.  Country folks, city folks, and in-betweeners alike gathered in the Deschutes Amphitheatre for a lesson on how to properly structure 3 different styles of campfires.  Visitors would test all of the campfires in our huge campfire pit, and decide together which campfire was the sturdiest, effective in terms of warmth and light, and lasted the longest.  Each visitor also took home valuable skills for how to safely start a fire for survival, and properly evaluating the resource and environment for the appropriateness of starting a campfire.

Visitors try their hand at the “Tipi”, “Pyramid”, and “Log Cabin” campfire styles.

The program received great response, we even had a firefighter make a showing to learn how to properly start his very own fire while camping at the Cove!  We hope you will join us next summer for similar programs that move you closer to being the skilled outdoorsman whom competes with the likes of Bear Grylls and this guy.

“Creative” campfire built a Cove camper.  We call this one “Jenga”.

Two humble Cove camper girls try not to bring too much attention to the excellent log cabin and tipi style campfires they built.

Here is more information on campfire starting without using a match.

Here is more information on campfire structure techniques.

And here is some information on building the coolest campfire out there, the Leave No Trace Campfire!

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