Campfires are usually a time to relax and reflect, gazing at the melodic flames as they flicker through the night.

But there is no reason why you can’t add a little more spark around casual campfire conversations.

Once you kickstart your campfire with Samba, inject a little creativity and banter, saving marshmallow roasting and ghost story telling for another time!

Creating a camp stove

While you may have finished a succulent barbecue feast hours earlier, there is always room for a campfire dessert!

And a spotted dog might do the trick!

It is a deliciously sweet damper bread, made extra more succulent with loads of vanilla ice cream and golden syrup.

There are plenty of recipes available, but the best ones feature a can of cola and beer.  And don’t go light on the sultanas.  And make sure you are generous with those juicy bursts of sweetness.

Your Samba fire needs to have a good spread of hot coals for the Dutch oven to sit on, allowing the spotted dog to cook to perfection.

And if a spotted dog is not for you, campfire s’mores are the ultimate  in gooey deliciousness, featuring melted chocolate and marshmallow, cased in tasty biscuits.  No cutlery needed for this dessert!

Campfire games

Its an oldy but a goody, but the telephone game is always a crowd favourite.

Everyone around the campfire can  get involved and whether you kick off the game with a theme such as a famous rock’n’roll song or a piece of trivial gossip, it is always an interesting outcome in what the final person says out loud!

This game may break the silence barrier but it is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, especially the kids.

Campfire sing along

A good old-fashioned sing a long is a great campfire activity as it doesn’t need any music and a great opportunity for mums and dads to teach the younger members some different songs.

Or you may want to be adventurous and sing a song as ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’.  You have two or more start off the song, with another group coming in after the first line.  It might begin a lyrical train wreck, but with a little practise and perseverance, you may end up with a harmonic nursery rhyme!

It is often the simplest of pleasures which may the grandest of impacts, especially with family, friends and a little bit of Samba Fire & BBQ around you!

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  • My favourite campfire dessert is a banana sliced open and a square of chocolate, then you pull the peel back up, wrap in foil and pop it in the coals. It’s delicious


  • Can’t wait to get out by a campfire again soon!


  • great ideas


  • Some good suggestion to try with a campfire


  • Since winter has come campfires have become an indoor open fire option only! I have never tried S’mores so still have to but that on the bucket list of things to do


  • I like the idea of open fires, but just too much effort.


  • I haven’t heard of spotted dog or the telephone game before – some good ideas to try


  • Ive always wanted to try proper smores


  • Perfect weather for campfires now with the kids but safety is ultimately priority and teaching them first


  • Love campfires so warm and I especially love melting marshmallows on the open fire


  • I love a good campfire & we are currently introducing one into our bush preschool programme to help educate the children about fire safety & how to keep safe when around an open campfire.


  • I get a bit nervous with open fires and kids, but there’s no denying they’re lovely things.

    • Yeah me too. My 12 year old has a reactive attachment and conduct disorder and not long ago she lit a fire in her room !! I don’t want fires in the backyard either


  • Yum I’ve never had smores


  • We’ve always loved a campfire but keeping the kids away, little boys especially, keeps everyone on their toes so no time for extra activities. They were always out there scouring the bush for things to add.


  • Campfires create a lovely warm and relaxing atmosphere, even without foods sitting in the stillness or singing along the guitar


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