Safe Trick-or-Safe Treat?

Hey, Trick-or-Treaters!

It’s October 30! And you know what that means! Sometime between tonight and tomorrow night, it’s time to don your creepy, crazy costumes and weave about the neighborhoods, going door-to-door with a demanding request for sugary treats. HallAre you into the spooky spirit yet?oween is the one time of the year when scary things are celebrated and people WANT to be frightened.

But all in good fun! It isn’t any fun to really be scared. And even though Trick-or-Treating is all in good fun, it can actually be a dangerous activity on account of the poor visibility you might have while you’re out there. To help, I’ve jotted down a few tips to help you stay safe when heading out for Trick-or-Treat.

Trick-or-Treating popularly takes place from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. It starts when it’s getting dark and ends when it’s pitch black. That’s why my first tip is to:

Being a bat is great, but better make sure drivers can see you!Be Mindful of Costume Visibility
Black is a popular color for Halloween costumes, but it can’t be seen very well at dusk. It’s smart to use Trick-or-Treat bags with reflective tape and stickers to increase your visibility. Incorporate reflective materials or even glowing elements (with glow sticks or flashlights) into your costume if at all possible to help drivers to see you.

Also, masks can often times reduce the visibility of the people inside them. Try non-toxic face paint if you can instead; otherwise, be mindful of your restricted vision and try removing the mask before crossing streets.

Reduce Risk of Tripping
When putting together your costume, make sure it’s the right size. Make sure it doesn’t hang too low—how embarrassing (and potentially painful) for a mummy to trip on his own wraps or a princess to stumble over her own dress! Avoid nasty spills with a cautious costume.

Arrange Adult Supervision
Kids should always have adult supervision when out Trick-or-Treating unless their parents feel their kids are mature enough to go without. Many parents feel like 12 is old enough, but some kids mature faster than others. If your kid is old enough to Trick-or-Treat without you, remind them to only visit familiar, well-lit areas and that it’s safest to stay in groups.

These tips ought to keep you safe so you can have a spooky, but fun time Trick-or-Treating this year! Happy Halloween and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnTrick or Treat in safety this Halloween!

The Monster They Call Frankenstein

Hey, you Monster Lovers!This monster's name is NOT Frankenstein. Learn why.

Maybe the most popular monster of them all, today is Frankenstein Day. Everybody knows about Frankenstein—or thinks they do, anyway. However, this incredibly popular and iconic, ‘Halloween’ creature has been so warped by retellings and modern, Americanized, Halloween culture. Although everybody refers to this monster as ‘Frankenstein’, this is actually the name of the scientist who created the monster. And the monster itself doesn’t have any name at all.

According to the original, classic tale, written by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, an advanced scientist, has understood the mystery of life and, in an attempt to create a perfect being, the scientist creates a terrible monster that follows its creator throughout great travels, haunting him. The story of Dr. Frankenstein's monster coming to life.But this post isn’t about the story of Frankenstein. It’s about the story of the story of Frankenstein which began in the summer of 1816. Mary, her fiancée, her step-sister, and a friend went to visit a mutual friend they all had in Switzerland, Lord Byron—a famous writer. With drab weather throughout their visit, the group was forced to stay indoors. So, they passed the time by reading German ghost stories.

After an evening of ghost stories, their host, Lord Byron suggested a writing contest in which everyone wrote their own scary story to see who could come up with the best one. Everyone jotted down a few ideas and went to bed to sleep on it. When Mary went to bed that night, she dreamt of a corpse that was brought back to life. And from that dream, she crafted the classic monster story ‘Frankenstein’.
A slightly more classic image of Frank.
With so many retellings and adaptations that have been made since Mary Shelley’s original story, it’s no surprise that we have such a misconstrued conception of the Frankenstein monster. I posted a silent movie below from 1910—produced by Thomas Edison and loosely based on the novel. Enjoy! Happy Frankenstein Day and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

To give you a better idea of Mary Shelley’s work, I thought I’d share an episode of the PBS TV series Wishbone below called, ‘Frankenbone’.

Cheyenne’s visit to Prude Ranch..

Hey, Camp Lovers!

Continuing our Camp Story Submissions, today I have an entry from Ms. Cheyenne R.! Cheyenne tells us all about her awesome summer stay at Prude Ranch where she met lots of friends, had great times, ate delicious food, and bonded with beautiful horses. Here’s what she had to say about it:

Check it out at Prude Ranch!“Hi, there. My name is Cheyenne Rondeaux and I went to the fourth session of Prude Ranch summer camp 2015 as a city slicker (which are the older kids). I’ll go day-by-day explaining, in detail, what happened each day. First day was Sunday, getting settled into our new cabins. My cabinet was a Harmony one. I didn’t know anyone there except for my friend Macy and Becca and I couldn’t wait to meet lots of new friends. I got unpacked and settled in finally, got to know everyone in my cabin—it was very exciting! I was really looking forward to seeing what horse I had for the rodeo and going for the two weeks! The next day (Monday) we kinda got more organized. We got our schedules for the first week of our daily activities and our rest period. My activities were swimming, funny Farm, Soccer, and, finally, archery. Later Monday night, it was Branding night. This is where all the first years come for the first time at Prude Ranch to get their butts burned by the fire! It sure was exciting because, since I was older, I was a city slicker so we have more damages and we tried to catch the little kids so they can get their booties burned! (it doesn’t hurt as bad as it sounds)! Anyways, it was Tuesday early that morning we got up for activities at 7:15. We went hitching post and prayed. At 7:45 we went and ate breakfast. After breakfast, our daily routine was to go to cabin clean-up and get ready for the first activity—Hold on!—let me just pause my story—I’m going to skip ahead advance to the next Sunday because it’s partly the same routine every day plus we have riding at three and we are separated into three writing groups which we switch off what time should we ride. Sunday was pretty exciting. We got to go and horseback ride at the Deep pond. It was pretty dang fun! After a couple hours that we continue with a regular day after going to lunch we went and slept for a few hours. We practice barrels and another form of pole bending! I ride at home so I know the whole routine of rodeo! On Wednesday we went to Balmoray pool and that was pretty exciting and we spent the night there and swam all the day while the wranglers cooked this amazing dinner and lunch and breakfast! I was very grateful for the amazing cooking! On Thursday, it’s called Dr. Pepper day and that’s when we ride into town on horses (it’s 6 miles in town). Then right through the town grab a Dr. Pepper and head back. It sounds more fun than I’m saying it but it’s still great time the Dr. Peppers’ all nice and cold for your throat because it’s all dry from the summer hot sun. Then the final full day of camp Friday. This day is the rodeo and all of us were super excited but also sad because it meant the end of camp was near. My horse’s name is Streak and he was super-fast! He won me a Prude Ranch buckle. I’m so proud of him, I love him—not just because he won me the buckle, but because of his personality. He is 16 years old but has a little kid personality. I loved it! Then finally Saturday is when we checked out, go over stuff, and packed up. It’s very sad to have to say goodbye to all my good friends I met, but I can email them or text them! We have a skit prepared to entertain our parents. Our skit was about the horses of Prude Ranch. It was super funny! We won the Beske award then we won a little carved wood with our awards on it. It’s super creative and fun! It was a sad day to say goodbye to everyone but I was glad to be home with all my animals and family and I hope to see all my friends next year and counselors!”

Thanks again for your submission, Cheyenne! It’s great to hear that your summer camp stay was so much fun! To anyone else who may be interested in Prude Ranch, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

A siblings’ summer stay

Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with nearly 30 entries! That’s why we’re publishing each and every one right here on the Blog! Today I’ve got two submissions from brother and sister Noah and Ella T.! Read about the great time they had at: Check out Camp Eagle Ridge for your next summer sesionI just wrote a Camp Spotlight post about Eagle Ridge on Monday. Here’s what Ella had to say:

“On my last two weeks of camp it was hard to get around because I was on crutches with a broken ankle. I couldn’t do anything athletic and I couldn’t do water sports. I still had a wonderful time at camp. I could do things like arts and crafts, archery (if I was sitting), improv, and cooking.

For theme night instead of being in a group I got to help the counselors and C.I.T’s for capture the flag, I got to ring the bell. On Wednesday, I went on the overnight. My cabin and I pranked Wisdom on Thursday. The dance was AWESOME even though I could not dance. Saturday and Sunday were trip days. The trips I went on were Cook’s Adventure and Bowling. In cook’s adventure we threw warm fuzzies all over Serenity.

Like I said before, I still had a WONDERFUL time at camp. I wish I could go to camp longer next year. This year a lot of my school friends got to share the experience with me. Maybe my school friends will go for two weeks next year.”

And here’s the entry from Noah T.:

“I went to Camp Eagle Ridge. It was fun. I like swimming because we swam out to the swim area in a group and it was fun swimming with my friends. I like going to the rocket in the lake. I didn’t take the swim test so I had to wear a life best but I will probably take the swim test next year. I got my Discovery Patch. I tried three activities I never did before. I did Ultimate Frisbee, kayaking, and Gaga. I also went on the overnight tent trip and it rained. Next year I want to go to camp for two weeks. If I go to camp for two weeks next year I get to go on a weekend trip. I want to go tubing and berry-picking for my trips. I made new friends when I was at camp. I am excited to see them again next year.”

Thanks for these submissions, guys! It’s really great to hear that you two had such great summer camp experiences at Eage Ridge (even despite a broken ankle!). To anyone else who may be interested in Camp Eagle Ridge, check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Look what Sprouted out from Wenzel

Hey, Camp Fans! The Wenzel Sprout is a great Sleeping Bag for a very afforadable price.

We can’t help ourselves, here at Everything Summer Camp, but to bring on new camping gear when we see awesome, new products from cool suppliers like Columbia, High Sierra, Kelty, and Wenzel. We love broadening our selection and giving you more options for your camp endeavors! If you need a reliable sleeping bag for your little sprout, then you’ve come to the right place!

Introducing the Wenzel Sprout Youth Sleeping Bag! A great bag for a great price, the Sprout is guaranteed to keep you comfortable throughout the night! With a temperature rating of 40°—perfectly comfortable on a summer night—you’ll stay snug as a bug when you’re wrapped up in this durable, polyester cocoon.

This bag is 27” x 66” and packs 2.5 lbs. of Insul-Therm™ fill on the inside—an excellent selection for your sleeping satisfaction at summer camp. But this Bag doesn’t have to stay in the attic all year until your next summer camp stay or camp outing!

Wenzel’s Sprout Youth Bag can still be a great bag during fall weather too. It may be too chilly OUTside for this Sleeping Bag to give you the proper protection, but the Sprout makes a practical accompaniment for a fun, sleepover at your friend’s house or for family visits.

The perfect bedding for staying overnight at somebody else’s house, The Wenzel Sprout isn’t too outdoorsy, so it’s sure to not keep you too warm overnight. Great in the winter and spring as well, you couldn’t ask for a better price for a Sleeping Bag that you can provide you with a proper night of sleep throughout the year!

Get your Wenzel Sprout Youth Sleeping Bag from us right here at Everything Summer Camp for just $24.99! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnGet this excellent Sleeping Bag for your traveling endeavors!

Set your Eagle Eye on this Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

A lot can be said for summer camps all across the nation—or ones in our own, virtual backyard. Not far from Everything Summer Camp headquarters, let me tell you aCheck out Camp Eagle Ridge for your next summer sesionbout an amazing and magical place located in Mellen, WI, on Lake Galilee, amidst our state’s beautiful Northwoods. Camp Eagle Ridge provides fun, friends, personal attention from counselors, and excellent facilities including awesome log cabins in an absolutely, inspiring setting.

Eagle Ridge cabins are all set up with electricity, fans, and modern bathrooms with private showers and areas for changing. However, much more than a beautiful place with accommodating facilities, Camp Eagle Ridge is a welcoming community that gives new campers a warm feeling of being home-away-from-home and definitely a part Stay in these beautiful facilities.of the Eagle Ridge family!

Met every day with fun activities, Eagle Ridge campers are given the opportunities to sharpen their skills and broaden their experiences from a wide selection of available sports and other activities. Eagle Ridge offers a variety of water sports including Sailing, Kayaking, and Canoeing. You can also play Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, La Crosse, Rugby, Wrestling, Kickball, and more!

Campers also get the chance to practice their skills in a plethora of artistic and physical activities as well, such as Visual Art, Dance, Improv, Archery, Gardening, Outdoor Living Skills, Rockwall Climbing, and more!

Founded in 1994, Camp Eagle Ridge has been guiding kids for 21 years with a focus on leadership, decision-making, and helping kids realize the best they can do. Everyone—ages 7 to 17, boys AND girls from all over the country and all over the world are welcome to have an unforgettable time for one to seven weeks—depending on how long you’re comfortable with staying.

Come back for our Blog post on Wednesday where I talk about Noah and Ella who enjoyed their summer at Eagle Ridge Find your love for Camp Eagle Ridge and check it out for yourself right here. As always, thanks for reading.

- JohnKids love Camp Eagle Ridge.

A Post About Nothing…err—Larry David

Hey, Camp Enthusiasts!

So many people have gone to camp and we get really excited, here at Everything Summer Camp, when we find out about famous or successful people who are also former summer campers. That’s why I’ve posted about nearly 60 celebrities who were oncThe king of funny, read about larry Davide summer campers, just like you. Certainly don’t ‘curb your enthusiasm’ for Mr. Larry David—a summer camper himself, once upon a time.

That’s right! The man responsible for the classic ‘show about nothing’, went to camp when he was little. Full name: Lawrence Gene David—Larry was born and raised in Brooklyn. Long before the days of Seinfeld, when Larry was 13, he attended All-American Camp in New York—the same time (and age) of a fellow, contemporary comedian named Richard Lewis.

Finding it hard to get along with particular people all throughout life, summer camp taught Larry at a young age that even though you don’t see eye-to-eye with somebody, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get along. It took them both a long time to set their troubles aside, but they are friendly to another now as mature, grown men.

After his camp days, he enrolled in Sheepshead Bay High School. And after high school, he went to the University of Maryland, graduating with a Bachelor’s in History. Before he developed a talent for comedic scriptwriting, he did a lot of stuff between his college graduation and finding work as a writer.

In the meantime he did stand-up; during his time as a stand-up comic, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and found work as a store clerk, a limo driver, a television repairman, and more around midtown Manhattan. It was there, living in the Manhattan Plaza—across the hall, lived Kenny Kramer, the man who sparked the idea for the legendary sitcom character Cosmo Kramer from ‘Seinfeld’.

After his ‘odd jobs’, Larry found work as a writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He only wrote there for about a year and, in that time, only one sketch of his was actually shown! After quitting the show in the middle of the season, Larry wasn’t the type to fret about his situation. Instead, he teamed up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and the two of them made one of the most acclaimed sitcoms ever made.

Continuing his work after ‘Seinfeld’, Larry wrote and starred in his own television series, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ which has been met with a similar applause and fandom.

So, enjoy your time at summer camp and see what it has to teach you! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Logan’s sad summer is a touching tale

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp has been brought in nearly 30 entries. And so, we’re happy to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store—so really everyone who submitted was a winner! Today’s post features Logan T.’s camp story about an unfortunate turn of events during her summer camp stay at Camp Netimus:
Camp Netimus welcomes you.“I woke up hearing the beep of my watch. I slowly opened my eyes and remembered where I was, camp. I sat up in the bottom bunk and looked out at the half-exposed window. The beautiful sunrise was at its peak with a golden shimmer. I smiled, I just couldn’t help myself. I was surprised to hear a small groan. I turned to see Taylor in the bunk behind me rubbing her eye. “Good morning!” I whispered excitedly. Taylor yawned and asked quietly, “What time is it?” I glanced down at my watch and slipped a grin. “It’s 6:47,” I whispered. Taylor let out one last groan and fell back asleep. I took the time I had left before everyone else had to wake up to look around. I turned my attention towards Laura’s bed. She had came back late last night from peeling potatoes for International night. Today is her birthday. She is turning 22 years old. All the balloons we had put on her bed were now on the floor. I had so much excitement within me. Soon, the wake up bell rang and everyone got up. I was the first one done getting dressed and brushing my teeth. As soon as the flag bell rang I rushed out the door with my other cabin-mates. We gathered around the flag pole for attendance. Afterwards, we all went to breakfast. The mealtime was over quickly and I had to return to my cabin clean-up. Many of my cabin-mates were excited for the
Crayola trip today. I didn’t want to go so I will stay here at camp. I heard the class bell ring. I knew what that meant as I ran to my camping and hiking class. It turned out I was the only one there. “So…what are we going to do today?” I asked the counselors. “I don’t know. Are there any classes you have that you want to join now to get a head start?” answered one of the counselors. I thought for a second and responded, “ I could join my Ropes class.” They said that it was alright so I ran over quickly to get my harness and helmet on. Once I joined the little class they had, we went over instructions. We were going on a new obstacle today. They said I was lucky because in my real Ropes class I could go first since I would already know what to do. I grinned at the thought. Everything was going my way today. I rushed through 2nd and 3rd period classes. Once it was time for flag again we all met down at the pavilion. Once flag was over it was time for lunch. After some muching on grilled cheese it was time for rest hour. I walked up the path to get to the cabin grove. Once I found cabin 7 I went in. We were celebrating Laura’s birthday. The song ‘22’ was playing. Lucy, Taylor, Ashley, and I were dancing. While my other counselor, Arthie, was plucking her armpit hairs. We don’t know why she does it. Anyways, Lucy kept on screaming, “WHEN YOU’RE 22!” Laura kept on laughing. I was sitting down making her a birthday card. When the walkie-talkie make a sound, Arthie told me I was needed at the office. I wasn’t expecting anything, so what could I be needed for? I left the cabin and walked towards the office when I saw my mom and the dogs. I ran to hug them. The fact something bad happened slipped my mind. I looked at her face as her expression changed. I immediately got worried. It was obvious now something bad had happened. We went over to the fire ring and sat on a log bench. My mom simply said, “Grandpa Ron is dead. He committed suicide. He shot himself with a shotgun.” The tears never stopped. I felt as if I had been shot. I must have cried forever trying to make out words, but crying instead. Eventually my mom was crying too. We were just hugging and crying together. I had to stop crying enough in order to go get my clothes from my cabin. Thankfully, I didn’t have to tell them what happened. The office told them. I was immediately embraced by a huge group hug. I felt a tiny bit of happiness from that hug. Once all my stuff was packed and I was in the car I cried again. The week I was gone attending my grandpa’s funeral flew in tears. I returned back at camp to find myself in another group hug. It was at that moment where I knew that Camp Netimus was my home. I felt safe, loved, and happy there. If that’s not a home, then I don’t know what is.”

Thank you so much for your powerful submission, Logan! Our deepest regards to you and your family! An entry like this one just goes to show how outside events carry on regardless of summer camp. There’s no planning for the loss of loved ones.

But it was awesome to hear what an amazing community there is at Camp Netimus to have made Logan feel so supported and so at home. Check out Camp Netimus for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Your Child Is Not You

So your kid hated the camp you loved as a kid? You’re heartbroken now, right? Of course you are. What parent doesn’t want their son or daughter to love everything they did as a kid? Well, almost everything. Eh-hem. In most cases, we moms and dads want to replicate the excitement, the learning, and the laughter we experienced back in the day. So Dr. Chris Thurber talks about staying in touch with friends online after camp is over.what gives, kiddo?

Believe it or not, children all over the world don’t like some of the things their parents did at the same tender age. Why? Here’s the breakdown:

  • Changes. The camp may have changed. Like any organization, camps evolve. Some get better with time; others get worse. Who knows—from a camper point of view—what direction yours took over the past 25 years?
  • Dreams. You have romanticized the experience. I promise. You remember the s’mores, the skit nights, and the sunny days. But do you also remember the homesickness, the wedgies, and the rainy days?
  • Quirks. Your child is not you. Many children resemble their parents in mannerisms, food preferences, and intelligence. Fewer resemble their parents in personality, activity preferences, and social style. The camp that fit your interests and developmental level may not fit your child. At all. Maybe ever. And that’s OK.
  • Apples. One bad apple can spoil the bushel. The camp may have improved, your recollection may be accurate, and your child may have been a perfect fit. But…last summer may also have been ruined by a rare cruel cabin mate or (less rare) undertrained counselor.

So now what? These and other reasons for a misfit may make sense out of mystery, but you still need options for next summer. Here are a few good ones:

  • Breathe. Take a deep breath. Respect the individuality of your child. Honor the ways in which he or she is different from you. It’s exciting to think about the fascinating directions his or her life will take.
  • See. Keep an open mind. Maybe your child will return to the camp of your childhood and love it next summer; maybe he or she will attend a different camp. Heck, maybe camp is not even in the cards.
  • Invite. Know the research. Children who feel forced to go to camp are much more likely to experience intense homesickness than those who feel a sense of agency. Involve your child in all of the big and small decisions about how he or she spends the summer.
  • Learn. Engage your child in a series of low-key, candid conversation about his or her experience. You know they didn’t like it, but now is the time to find out more. Ask: “What were some of the best things about camp?” and “What were some of the worst things about camp?” and “What might make a camp experience better next summer?”
  • Listen. Listen carefully, without defending your camp. The key to finding the truth about last summer is to not contradict your child. His or her experience was their reality. Respect that by simply listening. Do not offer explanations, solutions, or—worse yet—minimizing the intensity of their dislike with phrases such as, “It couldn’t have been that bad” or “I know Camp X and I’m sure it wasn’t like that.”

If camp is still under consideration, use the two-column technique and list (with your child) the pros and cons of camp, in general. Then, talk about whether your camp is worth a second try. If there was something specific and solvable, call the camp director (with your child) and see what can be done to remediate the problem your child has identified.

If camp is not under consideration, table it for now. Use a different piece of paper and list some other options. Music lessons? Parks and rec programs? Sports clinics? Volunteer work? Art classes? Your openness to some non-camp choices will actually cause your child to reconsider a summary dismissal of camp. If you space out a series of conversations about the summer, you will further depressurize the topic and open your son or daughter’s mind up to different possibilities. And yes, that includes the possibility of returning to the camp you enjoyed so much as a child.

Whatever you and your child decide—together—about next summer, you can be assured that he or she will get a lot out of the respect you’ve shown; the partnership you’ve formed; the freedom you’ve granted. Lay out the menu of options, but don’t force-feed any one choice or it’s likely to backfire. True growth involves self-actualization. And whether that happens at your camp is less important than whether it happens at all.

Enjoy the summer!

Dr. Christopher Thurber


Doctors Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski are the authors of ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, an excellent source of expert advice about choosing camps, packing essential camp gear, and emotionally preparing your child (as well as yourself) for the approaching summer camp season. Check it out for yourself right here. Thanks for reading.Look into grabbing 'The Summer Camp Handbook' for yourself right here!

How to build a fire

Hey, Safety Kids!

Today is Fire Prevention Day. I wrote about this day on October 9 of last year, offering tips on fire safety around the house so you and your family can learn what to do to increase your chances of preventing a fire. Today’s post, on the other hand, covers the proper way to safely build, maintain, and extinguish your fires OUTSIDE of the house.
Learn how to make a campfire the SAFE way!First of all, you should only build fires in a designated fire pit that is provided for you in a state park or one that belongs to your family in your own backyard. If a camp site does not provide you with fire pits, check with the park to see if digging your own pit is allowed. Some may allow it while others do not.

If you can dig your own, you should do it 15 ft. away from any tents, shrubs, or trees around you and steer clear of low-hanging branches above. Pits should be about a foot deep and lined with a circle of rocks.

Now you’re ready to starThe teepe formation is popular and effective.t preparing your pit. Place your smallest pieces of dry wood on the bottom and lay your firewood on top of each other around the small twigs and other kindling. It’s smart as you get your fire going (and as it burns) to have a bucket of water close by as well as a shovel.

Furthermore, keep your fire to a manageable size as you continue to add firewood. And never leave your fire unattended!

Potentially the most important part about outdoor fire safety is putting your campfires out and making sure that they STAY out! The best method is to let the wood completely burn to ash, if you can. Then you should pour lots of water on the fire until the logs stop hissing. It helps to stir the ashes and embers with a shovel in between pouring. Make sure everything has gotten wet and cold to the touch.
Practice your fire safety this campfire season!
If you don’t have water, you can use dirt to extinguish the fire, but do not attempt to bury the fire as it will continue to smolder underground and potentially crawl back up to the surface through plant roots and cause a wildfire.

Kids should always have adult supervision when making fires inside OR outside! As Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” As always, thanks for reading and—of course—thank you, Smokey.

- John