Advice for Visiting Staff

  • A campfire may be built in the campfire circle at the bottom of KMC grounds (except during a prolonged spell of dry weather) or in one or two other places such as below the high water mark on a beach.
  • Many campsites do not allow fires. Please build fires on campsites only with the express permission of the owner or manager, and in a place well away from any tents, which he or she has designated.
  • The Duty Instructor can usually arrange for a supply of logs if some notice is given of your intention to hold a campfire.
  • Groups are welcome to collect small deadwood from KMC grounds. Visiting staff are asked to ensure that their students do not pull down living wood. They should also advise students not to try to break branches as this could lead to injuries.
  • Fire lighters can be made available, but we ask that these are used by the visiting staff and with care.
  • The campfire should be kept small, so that it is easy to manage and easy to extinguish at the end of the evening.
  • Please ensure that a member of staff attends the campfire, at all times.
  • The member of staff should ensure that group members sit far enough away from the fire to be safe from spitting and sparks.
  • Metal buckets are available from the KMC handyman. These should be filled with water and carried to the site of the fire. The water could be used to treat a superficial burn, to control the fire if necessary and to extinguish it at the end of the evening.
  • If the campfire is being held away from KMC and it is impractical to have buckets of water to hand, a fire blanket or wet towel should be made ready as an alternative in case of an accident.
  • Visiting staff are asked to ensure that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the site.