A well run campfire will have several elements,
We plan a campfire roughly in that sequence so that we can guide the mood and emotions of those at the campfire. |
We basically start off slowly and build up as the fire grows, and then ease off as the fire does too.
For this reason, it is generally better not to add wood to a campfire unless it is really needed, as doing so changes the stage that the fire is at, putting it out of sync with the mood we are trying to maintain at that time.
My personal preference is to NOT have skits during the campfire, but rather to have them during other times. If on a camp, then my preference would be to have a couple of skits before or after meals, when there is plenty of light and the audience can be positioned where they can hear and see the performers.
Having a good range of available songs that your group already knows is also important.
By the way, you don't always need a real fire to run a campfire. You can use a pie-dish or similar filled with salt and metholated spirits for an indoor fire - but make sure you insulate the tray/dish from the floor so the heat does not damage anything. Keep it aside after the campfire, and store it away once cooled. Then just add metho to the salt next time you want to use it.
You can also make an indoor fire like the one below, using sticks, cellophane and a lamp (preferably a cool one such as a compact fluorescent one). Screw the sticks together to make this nice and solid. Install a 240 or battery-operated light to suit your situation.
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