Camping Memories

I have a book of writing prompts and I was looking through it for ideas today since I’m at a loss as to what to write about.  It actually has some pretty good prompts.  Here’s what I chose for today.

Write about a memory you have related to a campfire.

I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts and both my sons were in Cub Scouts, so I have sat by a few campfires in my time.

When my sons were in cub scouts, the camping trips were always family camp outs so our whole family attended.  My sons camped a lot at a place called Boxwell Reservation in Middle Tennessee.  It’s a beautiful place with over 1,100 acres that sits on Old Hickory Lake.  There’s beautiful rolling hills, hiking trails, and of course the lake.  The kids canoe, fish, swim, and hike.  At night there was always a campfire and we roasted marshmallows and made S’mores.

I love campfires.  

It was always so peaceful sitting around that fire at night getting to know the other parents, sharing funny stories or singing along to someone strumming a guitar.



photo-1503445159514-8113a1d748d8One night at camp, the adults had congregated around the campfire.  The camp site sat next to a large field that sat down in a valley and some of the kids got out green glow sticks and ran to the field area to play with them.  Slowly, more kids joined them.  And then a few more stragglers.  Some time passed and suddenly, I heard one of the adults say “WOW!” They pointed to the field and what I saw just made me gasp.  There were hundreds of kids playing with green glow sticks.  I think they come in all colors now but back then they all came in green.  Most of the kids had tied strings around them and were swirling them around.


It was absolutely beautiful and a sight to behold!  It looked like a zillion fireflies gone wild.  I wish I had a video of that night.  It was one of the coolest things I had ever seen.  The kids had a blast that night and it was fun for us adults to sit by the fire and soak in that beautiful sight.

Do you have any special campfire memories?  What’s your favorite campfire treat?

Gail ♥ 

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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3 Responses to Camping Memories

  1. Mary Mangee says:

    Campfires bring me the greatest peace. I enjoy making them. There is some feeling of being with mother earth when I create a campfire. The fire is an essence all its own. Sitting there watching the flames and feeling the heat while chatting with family is a very intimate experience with nature. Another place that I feel the presence of God so fully.

  2. Ah! The smell of campfires! Love it!

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