Firelighting without matches

Mr Mark Hassell1

1Scotch Oakburn College

This hands-on workshop will explore a variety of firelighting techniques which can add value to your programs. Traditional techniques such as hand-drill, bow-drill, and knife and stone will be taught, with time to practice. Other techniques such as fire piston, solar firelighter, and firelighting with common materials will also be demonstrated and discussed.

The aim of the workshop is to give practitioners a variety of techniques to practice and use on their programs to increase participant engagement, inspire curiosity and create cross-curriculum links with school programs.


Mark has worked as an adventure guide and Outdoor Education teacher for much of his career, and has a passion for traditional bush skills and their value in contemporary education. He is currently the Deputy Head of Senior School at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Tasmania.

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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