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Campfire Safety Waterville ME

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

KOA-Skowhegan-Canaan
(207) 474-2858
Skowhegan, ME
Campground Availability
mid May thru mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Canoeing, Kayaking, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Giordano''s Camping & Recreation
(800) 421-7116, (207) 873-2408
288 North Pond Road
Winslow, ME
Campground Availability
45 Total Camp/RV Sites, 45 Electric and Water, 30 Full Hookups, 65 Max RV Length, 10 Tent Sites,

Two Rivers Campground
(800) 421-7116, (207) 474-6482
327 Canaan Road
Skowhegan, ME
Campground Availability
65 Total Camp/RV Sites, 65 Electric and Water, 40 Full Hookups, 42 Max RV Length, 30 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Group Area, Pets Welcome, Store, WiFi,
Recreation
Fishing, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

Wagon Wheel Campground (Morgan RV Resorts)*
(207) 934-2160
3 Old Orchard Rd
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 09
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Deer Farm Camps & Campground
(207) 265-4599
Kingfield, ME
Campground Availability
mid May thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Lake St. George State Park
(207) 589-4255
Liberty, ME
Campground Availability
15-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Green Valley Campground
(800) 421-7116, (207) 923-3000
1248 Cross Hill Road
Vassalboro, ME
Campground Availability
85 Total Camp/RV Sites, 85 Electric and Water, 45 Max RV Length, 5 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake,

Skowhegan/Canaan KOA
(800) 421-7116, (207) 474-2858
Route 2
Canaan, ME
Campground Availability
90 Total Camp/RV Sites, 17 20 Amp Service, 17 30 Amp Service, 61 50 Amp Service, 90 Electric and Water, 59 Full Hookups, 90 Max RV Length, 50 Pull-Thru Sites, 7 Total Rental Units, 18 Tent Sites,
Services
BBQ Pits, Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Group Area, Ice, WiFi Parkwide, Laundry, Meeting Rooms, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Showers, Snack Bar, Store, Cabin Rentals, Lodge Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade, Game room, Basket Ball, Bike Rentals, Canoe Rentals, Hay Rides, Hiking Trails, Horse Shoes, Hot Tub, Kayak Rentals, Mini Golf, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Sports Field, Swimming Pool, Theme Weekends, Water activities,

Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA*
(800) 562-1886
814 Portland Rd
Saco, ME
Campground Availability
Late Apr-Mid Oct
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Bar Harbor Woodlands KOA
(207) 288-5139
Bar Harbor, ME
Campground Availability
Early May thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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