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One Match Fire

How are you at building fires? If you’re feeling confident, why not try taking your fire-building skills to the next level and try the one match challenge!

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  • Where and when will you do this activity?
  • What materials will you need for this adventure?
  • How many people are taking part? How can everyone light fires while Leaving No Trace?
  • What skills do you already have for fire-lighting and what skills would you like to learn?
  • What items will you need to take with you for safety as well as for fire lighting?


  • Responsibly gather natural kindling and fuel (Leave No Trace)
  • Lay fire
  • Light fire using only one match
  • Tend fire; ensure it is established


  • 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

  • Practice building different kinds of fires – log cabins, lean-tos, star fires, etc. and finding which style is the best for you!

Take it Further

  • If this sounds too easy, try adding another layer of challenge by only using natural materials to build your fire – even for tinder!
  • Challenge the other members of your Section to quickly build efficient fires by seeing who can build a fire and boil a small pot of water the fastest.