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WWF: Where Was the Fire?

With a team, organize a Leave No Trace linking campfire with a younger Section from your Group. You can teach the other Scouts about mound fires by demonstrating how you built a fire that will Leave No Trace when you clean it up the next morning.

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  • When and where will you have your Leave No Trace campfire?
  • What tools and materials do you need?
  • What is your budget for this Adventure?
  • What other Sections will you invite to your campfire? How can they contribute?
  • What other Leave No Trace tips can you gather to share at the campfire?
  • What songs, skits and cheers will you perform? Who will MC the campfire? Who will lead the singing, skits and cheers?


  • Have a memorable Leave No Trace campfire while practising and sharing a great new skill: the mound fire.
  • To build a mound fire, shovel mineral soil (sand, clay, or a mixture of the two—but not loamy topsoil) on to a fireproof blanket to create a mound that’s at least 60 cm across and 40 cm in depth.
  • Flatten a plateau on the top of your mound for the fire, with a bit of a lip around it.
  • Tuck the blanket underneath the mound and surround the mound with rocks.
  • After the fire is thoroughly extinguished and cold to the touch, return the mineral soil to the hole you dug, burying the ashes at the same time.
  • At your campfire, share other Leave No Trace tips and tricks with the other Scouts through skits, songs and cheers.


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How could you tell if the Leave No Trace part of the campfire was or wasn’t a success?
  • Did those attending the campfire enjoy the experience? How do you know?
  • How can you use this practice in other contexts?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map

Keep it Simple

  • Learn about all seven principles of Leave No Trace. How do they apply to the activities that you do as a Section?

Take it Further

  • Teach a younger Section how to build a mound fire and about the other principles of Leave No Trace.