Keeper of the Fire

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field
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Activity from "Recreational Tool Kit for Rural, Northern & Remote Aboriginal Communities", which was published by Northern Links.
For participants to practice their stealth abilities by stealing fire wood, and for participants to utilize their listening skills by tagging those stealth participants. 


1 Blindfold
Sticks to represent fire (can use popsicle sticks, craft sticks, stir sticks etc.)
Yarn (optional)

Set Up: 

Select one participant to be the Fire Keeper. They will be sitting on their knees with their hands on their lap and blindfolded. 
The "chief" (can be the leader or a participant), bundles the sticks with some yarn to create the fire and places it in front of the Fire Keeper.
The other participants are all Wood Gatherers, and are sitting a fair distance away from the Fire Keeper.

Step by Step: 
  1. When the Fire Keeper is on their knees, with their hands in their lap and blindfolded with the fire in front of them, the game can begin.
  2. The Chief will say "Wood Gatherers, we need wood" and point to one of the wood gatherers. 
  3. That wood gatherer has to stealthily move towards the fire (and Fire Keeper) and try to steal one stick of wood.
  4. Wood gatherers cannot run or rush at the fire, because the goal is to move stealthily. 
  5. The Fire Keeper tries to tag the wood gatherer as they are stealing their wood.
  6. The only time the Fire Keeper can lift their hands from their knees is to tag the wood gatherer.
  7. If the wood gatherer manages to still a piece of wood without getting tagged, they get a point and are now the Fire Keeper.
  8. If the Fire Keeper tagged the wood gatherer, then they do not get the point, and they stay the Fire Keeper.
  9. Be sure to pick new participants to be the wood gatherer trying to steal wood, and change up the Fire Keeper often. 
Safety Considerations: 

Remind participants that a tag is a soft tap, not a hit or slap.


When the wood gatherers collect 5 pieces of wood, then they switch Fire Keepers. 
Have two Fire Keepers and two fires, and therefore will have two gatherers going at the same time. 
If the Fire Keepers tries to tag the wood gatherer, but doesn't tag them, they have to wait 3 seconds before they can tag again. 

Adaptations (Mobility Impairment): 
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Participants with a mobility limitation may not be able to kneel. Allow these participants to position themselves in a way which is most comfortable.


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