Apart from being tremendous fun, supervised firelighting activities can teach children how to develop safe practice, communication skills, and social and emotional skills.
Because it needs to be highly organised, children also learn, in context, about why we have boundaries and how to maintain them. As in the case of tool use, participants find out why preparation and planning is so important. The rewards are extremely high, especially when a tasty meal is on the cards, and that’s what makes it such a stimulating and enjoyable activity.
Although we offer firelighting activities in a way that makes the risks negligible, it is still perceived as adventurous, and so the feeling of achievement is high, and increases confidence significantly.
Please note that we are only able to use fire on some of our sites, and we don’t use it every day.