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Types of fires and how to light them and use them

Always have problem starting your fire for outdoor cooking? Take a look at this article on camping fire and understand the logic behind lighting and using them. Read this before you light your next fire and you will understand better!

Tinder

Tinder is any kind of material that will take very little effort to light. Good tinder will only need a spark to ignite it. Some examples are;

  • Birch bark, dried grasses, fine wood shavings, cotton fluff, bird down and waxed paper
  • Pine needles, pulverized fir cones and the inner bark from cedar trees
  • Dried fungi (apparently!), scorched or charred linen/cotton
  • Dry nests of mice and birds are rather good (CARE must be taken. They must be abandoned and free of life!)

There is just one major thing to remember – Your tinder must be dry

Kindling

I would class kindling as the next step up from tinder. It is the wood that you use to raise the fire from the (short burning) tinder so that eventually you can use larger pieces of fuel. The best kindling is small, dry twigs (soft woods are preferable as they flare up quickly).

Those woods that contain resins burn readily and make firelighting easier. The only problem with soft woods is that they burn fast! Make sure you have a plentiful supply to hand, arranged in different ‘grades’ according to size.

I would suggest that the smallest kindling grade be thinner than a matchstick for certain, working up to the thickness of two or so matches. The thinner and smaller the better. I’ll say it again, as it is important, go and get some more kindling now before you even think about starting the fire. There is nothing worse than starting a small flame and lacking the fuel to keep it going.

Click here for the full article at Scouting Resources

P.S. It has been rare quiet for a while here. Don’t worry, the site is still being updated. Have been trying to find good contents to post but it is hard to find. Also, I am currently working at a new company so it is back to the old long working hours for me. Found a good site with good articles. Will be writing to them soon asking for their permission to include their content here. Stay tune!

Edit: Permission has been granted to include excerpts of articles from Scouting Resources!

Gallery upgraded

The gallery has been upgraded to the latest version. If you see any issues, please let me know.

Anyway, the new version features a new version of the slideshow module now uses PicLens to provide a rich, full screen slideshow!

National Youth Achievement Award 2008

We are proud to announce that one of our leaders, Ken Ong Hong Sheng was awarded NYAA Gold Award by His Excellence, the President of the Republic of Singapore,Mr S R Nathan, on 3th Oct 08.

This is the first time that Dragon Scouts had achieved a GOLD award and we are proud that Ken made history for the Dragon Scouts by being the FIRST in Dragon Scouts and GESS !

Onward, Dragons !

Errors again… Resolved

For unknown reasons, the server went down again for a few minutes earlier and the gallery is currently having the same problem a week ago.

I am currently taking this issue to task with our host and hope to get it resolved soon. Meanwhile, the gallery will be inaccessible until resolved.

Edit: Issue resolved. I am still looking around to see anything else is wrong. Please let me know if I missed out any.

YouTube Scouting Videos

While surfing YouTube, I saw some scouting videos which I thought I should share them here. Enjoy!

Scout What We Are
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsrnREOO43c

BP Story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cpKqnBg4Ho

2007 – Centenary of Scouting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQANPIo-V70

If you have more videos to recommend, feel free to post them via comments.

Happy Hari Raya Puasa & Children’s Day!

Would like to wish all our muslim scouts and friends a Happy Hari Raya Puasa!

And to all cub scouts and those young at heart, Happy Children’s Day!

Enjoy your holiday.

Rovers resources updated

Resources for rovers has been updated too. Please check resources page for more information.

Ventures resources updated

Resources for ventures has been updated as well. Please check resources page for more information.

Edit: Kindly note the venture training scheme is version 2005, which is the previous revision. We are trying to obtain the latest copy. Once obtained, it will be uploaded.

Server error… Resolved

Between 5.30pm to 8pm Singapore time, the server was offline as our server was moved by our host for better performance but something went wrong which resulted in Dragons Online going haywire.

Things are still not in order yet and I am still trying to get them to resolve this with top priorty. I will post here again when everything is confirm resolved.

Meanwhile, please bear with the problem if you see any (some problems are in the backend so you might not notice it).

Edit 27 Sep 2008 @ 12.40pm: Gallery is not working at the moment but the photos are safe. Our webhost has not responded so I can’t do anything as well as it is beyond my control.

Edit 28 Sep 2008 @ 10.30pm: Everything is back to normal now. Got our server moved back to where it was previously. If you still see any errors, please let me know.

Cubs resources updated

Just wish to inform that the training schemes for cub scouts has been uploaded. Please refer to Resources page for the schemes.

If anyone has high quality images of cub scout badges, please send them to me as I would like to upload them here. Thanks.

P.S. Sorry for the slow update as I was busy finding job

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