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bulletOccasional Inter-Patrol event 
bullet Previous practice desirable
bulletConsiderable equipment required

Suggested Rules

The following rules may be modified to fit existing conditions.

  1. Judges shall provide each team or Patrol with a piece of firewood 2" x 4" x 36", a stick for hanging a can, soap powder, water and matches.
  2. Scouts shall provide knives, axes and cans (quart - tomato, coffee or paint can) with wire bails.
  3. Scouts may lay any type of fire they please.
  4. One match shall be allowed for lighting a fire and for each additional match used 5 seconds shall be added. A fire-lighter with 5 shavings is permissible, and it may be used to light the fire in as many different places as desired.
  5. If, in the opinion of the contestants, a wind break is needed, the members of a Patrol may use their bodies to cut down a strong wind by kneeling or lying around the fire.
  6. One level tablespoonful of soap powder (no more) will be added to each can of water. Time shall be calculated from the starting signal to the time required for the water to boil over the edge of the can.


Compare the illustrations of the pyramid fire-lay with the crisscross. The latter is easier to light, quicker to get started and will hold up until the water boils, while a pyramid may burn out the center and fall in a heap. For that reason it is neither a good water-boiling fire nor a cooking fire.

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