Tackle It Tuesday – Starting the Fire

by Erica

Tackle it Tuesday

Hi everyone. It’s Erica here. I am the trusty assistant here at 5 Minutes for Mom and happy to take over for today’s Tackle It Tuesday.

Last fall I tackled a Kaper Chart that I had created for my Girl Scout troop. I was a brand new leader with a brand new Daisy troop. Well, my girls and I had a fantastic Girl Scout year and a couple of weekends ago, we ended the year with a troop camping trip.

Now as their leader and planner of the trip, I was a bit worried. See, I had NEVER been camping before and had NEVER started a campfire before. I had a bit of anxiety leading up to the trip. I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to start the fire and would have to ask some of the moms on the trip to help. Oh, but what if the other moms didn’t know how to start a fire?

To help calm my fears, I talked to a few friends who go camping regularly, and they told me I was worrying for nothing. They assured me that starting a fire was a piece of cake.

So the day of the camping trip arrived. My Daises and I enjoyed some hiking and made some crafts. Then it was time for the campfire. There were songs to be sung and S’mores to be made.

When we hiked earlier in the day, we collected sticks and brush. I also brought along some homemade firestarters, made with empty egg cartons, dryer lint and melted wax. I put my trusty firestarter down, made my teepee of sticks and lit the match. And behold, there was fire!!!

I admit, I was really excited and relieved. I let it burn for a bit, added the logs and we had a beautiful fire (and scrumptious S’mores).

Here is a little video from the evening. It is dark and a bit hard to see, but the girls are just too cute, I couldn’t resist posting it.

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Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Susan July 13, 2010 at 1:14 am

So sweet Erica. You are a super-star mom… I don’t expect I’ll be a troop leader.

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2 Susie's Homemade July 13, 2010 at 5:49 am

GREAT tackel!! I am taking the girls to day camp next week. I am leading our unit of 13 girls! Ack! Wish me luck:-)

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3 Jennifer, Snapshot July 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

You go, Erica! I’ve never started a fire either. Great job!

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4 Lori July 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I have a lot of jars…

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5 abi July 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for the link-up

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6 Shari July 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Congratulations Erica on your first camping trip. It sounds like it was a lot of fun. I’m planning to be a Daisy troop leader for the first time this year. Luckily I have a friend with leader experience who will be doing it with me. I’m intrigued by your homemade firestarters. I’ll have to investigate that.

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