Campfire introduction - Remember: the
whole camp was in Native American mode.
Wah kon-dah daaay... doo...
Now: Who remembers the "magic campfire"
which seemed to light itself after this chant?
At Cliffside, the magic fire was lit using a piece of pipe which ran from behind and under the Chief's chair underground to the middle of the campfire itself. For each fire, we would build a little rocker unit out of two forked sticks and a stick suspended between them. On this top stick we would put a little tray made out of tinfoil. Another tray was put on the ground between the two sticks. A wire running through the pipe was attached to the tray.
Then we would build the campfire itself around all this, and last, we would pour glycerin in the tray on the ground, and crystals of potassium permanganate in the upper tray. (I believe I remember the chemicals right -- don't try this at home!)
Pull on the wire, dump the crystals into the glycerin, and you've got a fire!
of the white...Father, a needy one stands before you,
I who speak am he/she."
which she remembers as the