There is nothing like sitting around a blazing campfire singing songs and building memories. But it isn’t practical to build a fire at every meeting even if your meeting place allowed it. Even at camp, fire bans may prevent you from having a campfire and if you live in an area where fire bans are common it may well be worth having a back up plan.
This year I built a simple fake fire for our unit. I took three Halloween LED Candles from the dollar store and replaced the interior Halloween themed liners with some orange fabric. Then I took some sticks from my own garden and I hot glued them around the candles. Our campfire now turns on with a few switches. It isn’t perfect but it does give an end of meeting campfire a special feeling.
Other ideas include:
- Amazon sells very realistic fake fires but they cost $100+ which I’m sure puts them out of budget for most if not all units.
- This How To offers tips for building a fake fire that should have very realistic flickering effects because of the moving fabric but might require a little bit more electrical knowledge then my dollar store candle solution.
- The campfire created with these instructions doesn’t light but but that could be fixed with a string of lights or some led candles.