The Art of Fire: Essential Skills


$30 for REI Members

$50 for non-members


  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 8 people

Think you have what it takes to survive? Fire can be a lifeline for any survival situation, not to mention the keystone for your camping trip. Fire building and tending is part science and part art form. During this field outing, you will learn valuable skills and techniques including fire safety, tinder gathering, fire building and starting, tending and maintaining. Anyone can light a fire under the right conditions, but we are here to help you go beyond that in mastering this primitive skill.

  • Learn fire safety
  • Tips for tinder gathering, fire building and starting
  • How to tend and maintain a fire
  • Fire related Leave no Trace ettiquette

What to bring with you

Map image of Lake Norman State Park: Group Campground

More directions and information

Lake Norman State Park and the Friends of Lake Norman: REI Charlotte Market multiple year grant recipients.