Family Outdoor Activities
Module 2: Campfire Cooking
Campfire Cooking is Fun!
Once your fire is lit, preparing food and cooking together is lots of fun with a campfire!
Our step-by-step instructions and recipe ideas include pizza in a pan and popcorn over the flames to toffee apples and fairy cakes baked in a biscuit tin!
We will guide you through which types of wood is abundant and safe for cooking bread sticks or marshmallows on, and how to prepare it using a knife or potato peeler.
What's Included in the Campfire Cooking Online Course for Families?
- 7 video lessons full of tips, recipes and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to cook on a fire with their group.
- Lessons include lessons in how to cook recipes on a fire ranging from kebabs and pan pizzas to popcorn, toffee apples and flapjacks cooked in leaves.
- 2 Risk and Benefit Assessments
- A Guide to Food Safety in the Outdoors with an example Food and Drink Policy
- 7 Printable Recipes to try on your fire
Each module includes a 'Certificate of Completion' issued by The Outdoor Teacher
The Family Outdoor Activities Course
Are you a parent looking for activities to enjoy as a family in the outdoors? This professional online course is adapted for parents and has 36 step by step Forest School inspired video lessons that mix fun and games with crafting and skills. Single modules are £29.99 +vat or save £20 when you buy the 4 module bundle
Get All 4 Modules For £99 +vat
The apples are ready to be picked in autumn! This is a wonderful chance to collect them and make all kinds of apple-based food! We have put together a video to show you one of the children’s favourites – toffee apples!
Fairy Cakes in a Biscuit Tin Using a Fire Bowl
In this video we will show you how to bake cakes on a fire. This can be done with a Dutch Oven but if you don't have one we'll show you how to do it with a metal biscuit tin instead!
Popcorn on a Fire
This cooking method is a fun and somewhat dramatic way of cooking popcorn! You will need to buy two metal sieves and then tie them together using some simple wire – you will need to be able to open the sieves, so place the wire in two places, like a hinge!
Paediatric & Family Hypnotherapist & Parent
“I found the content and videos on these modules very accessible, fun to watch and try out, and Marina inspires me to want to get outdoors and build a fire, and get popping some corn! Easy to follow instructions, with really helpful visual demonstrations that support the written information beautifully, with bite-sized chunks which don’t overwhelm or patronise!”
Parent & Blogger
"Preparing simple snacks on a campfire is something we really enjoy in our family. So, I was delighted with the fun, child-friendly ideas and recipes I picked up from doing this course. My two favourites were pizza in a pan and popcorn in a sieve. I'm really looking forward to enjoying these new ideas and skills with my son and daughter."
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
"The module activities are adaptable to meet the different needs of different people with the focus on having fun, being together, building skills and keeping safe. Marina shows you how it's done and also encourages you to find your own way. To learn how to "be" with nature is a wonderful thing. The cooking module is fantastic. Practical, adaptable, fun and safe. It also leaves you feeling very hungry!
- Welcome to the Campfire Cooking Online Course
- About the instructor
- Cooking bread on a stick using a potato peeler (8:42)
- Basic whittling and knives (2:43)
- Garden cooking with marshmallows (1:38)
- Making popcorn using a sieve (5:14)
- Cooking pizza in a pan (4:26)
- Cooking making toffee apples (7:10)
- Muffins in a biscuit tin using a fire bowl (7:09)
- Downloadable resources
- Course Feedback
What Will You Learn?
- To develop a range of skills that support fun cooking experiences and a sense of occasion and community
- To safely offer and adapt our favourite seasonal recipes for your family or group
- To cook on a campfire using a range of methods, with due regard to food hygiene and safety
- To explain how to facilitate safe campfire cooking with your family or group
Family Outdoor Activities: Module 1: Making a Fire
Learn to safely make fire as a family and have fun trying out your fire steel to make a fire with cotton wool
Family Outdoor Activities - All 4 Modules
Activities for the whole family - build a fire for cooking together and use tools safely to make natural crafts
About the Instructor
Marina Robb (Bsc; PGCE; MA; Msc; Author) is Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.
Marina is co-author of ‘Learning with Nature’ (foreword by Chris Packham), a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners, and ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ (foreword by David Sobel) which contains everything you need to know from theory to practice
Marina has more than 30 years experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. She provides a deep understanding of effective nature education at all levels and for a range of diverse backgrounds.
Marina is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and since 1989 has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc). She is a leading Forest School endorsed trainer and practitioner (UK and International). Her aim is to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and others wishing to work outside the classroom.
If you are not happy with the course you can contact us with an explanation for a full refund within 30 days.
The Family Outdoor Activities Course
Are you a parent looking for activities to enjoy as a family in the outdoors? This professional online course has 36 step by step Forest School inspired video lessons that mix fun and games with crafting and skills. Single modules are £29.99 +vat or save £20 when you buy the 4 module bundle
Get All 4 Modules For £99 +vat
The Forest School Activities Training
Our foundation training course comes with lifetime access to over 100 step by step inspirational videos and resources. Designed for teachers and practitioners. Single modules are £49.99 +vat or save £100 when you buy the 8 module bundle
Get All 8 Modules For £295 +vat
When does the course start?
The course starts as soon as you register. You work at your own pace and you will receive a certificate when you complete.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.
Is my instructor qualified?
Yes, Marina Robb is a parent of 3 children and a UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.
Can I access the course on my mobile?
Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.
We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a garden, playground or park?
Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland or park or have an outside space or garden - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.
These are also great activities to do on a family camping holiday and maybe your campsite will allow fires or you may need to use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground.
We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards, playgrounds and parks.
You will need permission to build a fire if you are not on your own property.
We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.
Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.
Can I share my course with my colleagues or friends?
No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate and be able to answer the assessments.
Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?
Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd. You can view a sample certificate HERE
How can we contact you if we have a question?
Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.
Our commitment to Nature & People:
The Outdoor Teacher, alongside its sister organization Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC aim to transform health, education and family through nature.
We are whole-heartedly concerned about the safeguarding of future generations, human and non-human alike, and the growing understanding of reciprocity between humans and nature. Whilst we are advocates for all people accessing nature and its benefits, we know that this is only healthy if we prioritise the care for the natural world and address issues of equality.
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