Blog

Light your Fire

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

What a hit!

Our new adventure activity "Light your Fire!!", (which was released for the June/July school holidays) was a huge success! It will feature in our September school holiday program too.

 

 

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-Yeats

Kids have a natural open curiosity about fire.

As part of Mt Barney Lodge’s Nature Play Program, we channel this interest into an opportunity for a learning experience in the outdoors, to learn about the properties and principles of fire, to recognise and collect a variety of natural fire-starting materials (instead of resorting to un-eco petroleum-based firelighters), and of course loads of safety practice.


In western cultures, kids have been traditionally been “kept safe” by excluding them from the use of matches, lighters, and other fire-starting tools. However are we fighting a losing battle? Even with the best efforts from parents, most kids still want to play with fire. Kids who don’t satisfy their curiosity may light fires in secret and become a danger to themselves and others.

Fire has been integral to our evolution as a highly intelligent, information using species. Fire served as protection, warmth and a means to a higher quality diet, which may have allowed our pre-human ancestors to develop bigger brains.

Considering fire has been a survival tool for humans for millennia, and that natural selection may even have favoured individuals who learned how to master fire early, maybe our children are pre-programmed to play with fire?! Looking at “birthday candle syndrome” … it seems that way!


Mt Barney Lodge has developed a supervised activity for primary school-aged kids to understand, explore and safely practice fire-lighting skills. This interactive and hands on activity teaches participants how to get a fire going with matches and a lighter, and then progresses to techniques that do not need matches and use only natural materials. We do this by gathering the right materials from onsite and then each participant gets the opportunity to use a flint and steel (actually a Ferrocerium Rod, otherwise known as a ferro rod)to light their fire.

Participants will learn that lighting a fire carries great responsibility and are well briefed in safety.

Following the “Light Your Fire” activity, kids can practice their skills in the designated open fireplaces in the campground – Mt Barney Lodge is one of the few campgrounds that still allows open fires. The kids can then continue to practice and use fire as a tool when used safely and responsibly. They can indulge their curiosity and learn about fire without feeling the need to do so in secret.


Like most skills, practice makes perfect!

 

This new interactive and hands on activity teaches participants how to get a fire going without any matches and using only natural materials.

We start this activity by gathering the right materials from onsite and then each participant gets the opportunity to use a flint and steel to light their fire.

It’s not as easy as it looks!

Participants will learn that lighting a fire carries great responsibility and is guided by our qualified and experienced outdoor leaders.


ACTIVITY INFORMATION:

Cost: $20 per person (Includes morning/afternoon tea, first aid equipment and public liability insurance,)

Age: 8 to 14 year olds. Due to nature of activity, strict minimum age applies and is not negotiable.

Requirement for group numbers: 4-12 people

Duration of Activity: 1.5hrs

When: See our school holiday adventure activity program

Meeting Place: the Office

What to bring: Hat, wear sun screen and closed in shoes


Recent Posts


Tags

Mt Barney Lodge Fishing Lake Moogerah South East Queensland Queenslander Homestead Rock Climb Licorice Allsorts Rechargeable Batteries Campgrounds Mt Barney Bush Walk Scenic Rim Rum Jungle Topographical Map Mt Barney Homestead Accommodation Moonlight walk, guided walk, General Beaudesert Times Strategic Cropping Legislation A World Apart Australian Wildlife Fishing Maroon Dam Recycling PC's Boot Cleaning Stations Work Experience Bird Watching Wilderness Camp Oven Roast Qorf Awards Walking In Mt Barney National Park Hike Lower Portals Outdoor First Aid News Ekka Show Camping Etiquette Nature Play Tim Schaefer Weather Australia's Green Cauldron Australia’s National Landscapes Corporate Campout Australian Regional Tourism Network Outdoor Leader Eat Local Week Poppy Seeds Floating Images Amplify Media Solutions First Aid Course Workshop Gondwana Guides Lime Cake Recipe Earth Hour Soft Plastic Recycle Mount Barney National Park Queenslander Homestead Accommodation camouflage East Peak Queensland World Heritage Area Lower Portals Wildlife Education Walk Lower Portals Barry Davies Great Aussie Camp Out Outdoor Education Lime And Poppy Seed Cake Recipe Figs Nature Deficit Disorder recipe, chai spiced carrot cake recipe Distillery Outdoor Activities Sustainable Open House Day Bush Lemon Recipe Cheesecake Recipe Corporate Accommodation CSG Exploration Navigation Workshop Goal Zero Bush Lemons Lamington National Park Mojito Recipe Camp Grounds Last Child In The Woods Food & Wine Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy Local Food Recycling Lime Cake Smartphone Recycle Peasants Queensland Museum Food And Wine Coles SORT Boonah Qorf Mt Barney Topo Map Navigation Course Great Outdoors moonrise, moon rise, moon rise walk, moon rise SE qld, mt maroon expedition Farmhouse Computer Recycling World Environment Day Ama Dablam Battery Recycling Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe Certificate Of Excellence Campfire Recipes Adventure Phytophthora Cinnamomi Outdoor Recreation Choc Banana Cheesecake Recipe Outdoor Adventure Binna Burra Photography Fishing Logan River Fishing South East Queensland School Holiday Program Photographic Competition How To Read A Topographical Map Accommodation Moringararah Homestead Pathogen Hygiene Station Moroccan Wilderness First Aid Course Bush Tucker Tracker Mt Barney National Park Zucchini Getting Back To Nature Touch Animals Camping Rules Camp Oven Fishing In The Scenic Rim Lime World Wide Fund Free Tastings Nature Play Qld South Ridge Environmental Awards Australia's National Landscapes Camping At Mt Barney Book Online Ecotourism Bluefin Fishing Classic Wildlife Camping Scenic Rim Australian Bush Buddies Photography Workshop Soft Plastic Innes Larkin Australian Native Animals Fishing Wyaralong Dam Waterholes Baby Willie Wagtail Ekka Getaway Stealth Tracker Fly Fishing Fig Recipe Free Camping Passport To An Amazing Childhood Vouchers Scenic Rim Work Experience Mt Barney Lodge Wilderness First Aid How To Build A Campfire Aldi Climbing Mt Barney How To Read A Topo Map Stuffed Zucchini Richard Louv Tripadvisor Mt Maroon Queenslander Glossy Black Cockatoo Batteries Fly Fishing South East Queensland Camping At Mt Barney Lodge Willie Wagtail navigation refresher Camping Flood Cronan Creek Walk Topographical Map GACO Wild Pizza Caught In Colour Photography First Aid Navigation Rock Climbing Glamping Mt Barney Facebook Homestead SORT Eat Local Week 2013 Stuffed Figs Recipe Mt Barney Fires 2013 Redcycle Program Events Camp Oven Cooking Explore Margaret River Mt Maroon Walk Bush Tucker Iphone White-cheeked Honeyeater

Archive