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One Spark to Rule Them All

Discover a new skill to use for fire lighting! You can’t use matches or lighters this time. Instead, why not try using a bow drill, flint and steel, or focusing the sun through a magnifying glass? Refine your skill and use it for an entire camp. No cheating!

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  • How many people are taking part?
  • How can everyone light fires while Leaving No Trace?
  • What skills do you have to bring to this adventure?
  • What skills do you need to learn and who can help you learn them?


  • Responsibly gather natural kindling and fuel (Leave No Trace)
  • Lay fire
  • Light fire using a method other than matches or a lighter!


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did you handle this activity?
  • What would you do differently in the future?
  • How did you feel during this challenge?
  • What were some highlights?

Keep it Simple

Take it Further

  • Lighting a fire with a single spark is often done with the help of man-made materials, like cotton balls and Vaseline. Try lighting your fire using a spark and natural materials, like sap or bark.