How to earn your badge    


  1. Show how to light a fire.
  2. Help someone prepare a fire for cooking on.
  3. Cook something using a billy can.
  4. Cook something in the embers of a fire.
  5. Cook something on a stick.
  6. Show how to make the fire safe when you have finished with it. Extinguish the fire and make the area safe.

 Please note that Water buckets should be nearby just in case Fire should get out of hand and also used to put out fire when not in use see below

Preparing a Fire 


Cooking on Embers 

Backwoods Cooking Ideas 


Spud Egg

Cut the top off a potato of and scoop a hole in the middle. Crack the egg into the hole, put the top back in place and secure with small wooden pegs. Bake until the potato is cooked.

Banana hot dogs

Take a banana and cut a slit in the peel down the inside of the curve, and open it outwards. Remove the banana and feed it to a passing baboon or a nearby Scout. Now put a sausage inside the banana peel and cook it directly on the coals.


Mix flour, water and a pinch of salt together to form thick dough, adding raisins and sultanas if you like. Make a snake-like roll of the dough and twist this snake like fashion on a thick green stick. Support it over glowing embers turning occasionally until the outside turns golden brown. Make dough of self raising flour and water until it is putty like cut into strips. Wrap round a green stick and bake eat with jam or honey. Variations to this are wrap around a half cooked sausage then bake to give a sausage roll.

Fish ( see fish Cooking on Embers)

Preparing fish You will need to clean and gut any fish before you cook it. The fish should be cleaned as follows:  Wash the fish thoroughly in clean water  Remove the scales by scraping with the back of a knife (not the shape edge), working from the tail towards the head.  Cut the spine at a point just behind the gills and tear the head off with a steady, slow. Forward motion. If you are careful, the fish innards will come out with it.  Slice the belly open from tail to gills and thoroughly clean the inside.  Finally, cut of the fins and tail and cook as desired. 

Cooking Bacon ?

 Fire Triangle

Cooking on green stick 


Cooking with a Billy Can

Extinguishing Your Campfire

When you're ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these guidelines:

  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  3. Pour until hissing sound stops
  4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.


Use a green stick to spear slices of bacon, mushrooms, sausage, carrot, tomato, peppers, and pieces of pork. Support the skewer over glowing embers turning occasionally. Eat when the meat is crisp and golden brown. Alternate thin slices of apple, bacon, potato, spiked on a thin green stick and roasted slowly over hardwoods. (Potato generally takes longest to cook). Cut any type of meat into cubes, place onto a long peeled green stick add onion, mushrooms, pepper, pineapple etc. to taste, cook till ready turning frequently Use the same method as above using fruits add a syrup sauce before eating Cabbage hot dogs Lay sliced onion on a cabbage leaf, add a sausage or two and place more onions on top. Wrap up the cabbage leaf tightly and secure with a number of small green sticks. Place in embers for about 7 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally. 

(aka chocolate biscuit sandwiches) Roast a marshmallow on a green stick (or long clothes hanger). When done, make a sandwich of the marshmallow, two chocolate biscuits chocolate sides in. 

Baked Apples 
Core the apple, fillings can be added, marshmallow, sugar, fruit, cherries, smarties (m & m’s) , syrup to name a few. Seal in foil place on the ash for about 10 -15 minutes.