Time needed: 45–60 minutes
Setup: When you plan an adventure like kayaking, mountain biking, or rock climbing, you can combine it with overnight camping to make the most of your outdoor experience. Adventure camping requires minimal equipment/gear because you’ll be active during the day and possibly moving campsites. Some adventure campers bring nothing but a sleeping bag, lightweight stove, some food, and a backpack. Whatever spells adventure for you, start by listing the things you want to do—then make your camping trip happen!
In this activity, you’ll be using simple supplies to build a small but mighty camp stove called a buddy burner.
Activity: Every outdoor adventurer has to also be a good planner. Before your trip you should study a trail map, plan your meals, and learn some first aid. Plus, you’ll need to think about the supplies that are most important (perhaps a sleeping bag, portable stove, and warm clothes).
A successful trekker tries to predict what unexpected things might occur and make a plan for how she would adapt to the circumstances. For example, what happens if you can’t find wood for a campfire—for the fuel is too wet to burn? Use the instructions below and the video to practice making a portable stove that fits easily into any backpack and can be used to make pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches, boil water, and much more.
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.