Hi everyone. It’s Erica here. Last year I started volunteering as a 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).