A day of learning to bake, steam, roast and cook on campfires. Starting with bread making, we made an unleavened dough, baking the bread around the campfire. The campfire oven, a fire pit with hot rocks had been slowly cooking our joint of lamb and now it was time to dig it out, carefully uncovering our roast lunch! Continue reading “A day of backcountry cooking at Black Park”
Being the first course of the year there was plenty to do; building a new table, setting up benches with timber from the managed plantation, making big tent pegs and cutting timber for the fire. Friday afternoon was spent setting up camp, putting up the parachute, big tarp and or course the on-suite toilet facilities! Continue reading “Back to Bushcraft for Scout Leaders”
It may have been November, but the local Girl Guides were keen to be out side having fun at their ‘survival camp’. The day started with a safety briefing and introduction to the Bushcraft skills they would be learning. The first activity was with learning how to successfully light campfire. The Guides gathered tinder, sticks and branches from the woods and then set about lighting their fires using fire steels. After some practice with the fire steels, each team had a fire. Continue reading “Girlguiding Survival Camp”
Scout Leaders never tire of learning new practical skills. Blessed with a sunny day, it was out with the parabolic mirror to create an ember – success! We had fun with fire-by-friction, flint and steel and create magical firework displays with wire-wool and batteries. Continue reading “More practical skills for Scout Leaders”
Scout leaders having fun down in the woods – the Back to Bushcraft – Scout Leaders sleepover provided the opportunity to learn new Bushcraft skills, sharpen up old ones and put them all into practice.
Enthusiasm for practical skills by Scout leaders has been fantastic, I’ve had to add extra dates to meet demand and there is already a keen following for courses in the Spring! Continue reading “Scout Leaders sharpening their practical skills”