Bushcraft 101

This Bushcraft 101 is specifically for those who would like to start learning Bushcraft. You don’t need to have any prior practical Bushcraft knowledge to attend, just come with the enthusiasm to learn and a desire to have fun outdoors.

Bushcraft location in the Chilterns - The Parachute Camp

Bushcraft location in the Chilterns – The Parachute Camp

The objective of this Bushcraft course is to equip you with essential outdoor living skills:

  • Safe and effective use of knives and saws
  • Making useful camp craft items
  • Igniting successful campfires
  • Erecting man-made shelters
  • Finding and making water safe to drink
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Food preparation and cooking on campfires
  • Natural history

Super location, animated and expert instruction, a very useful course

Tools and camp craft

Whilst it is possible to survive in the wilds without modern tools, life would be quite difficult. You will learn how to safely use Bushcraft knives, bow saws and folding saws, by making useful camp gadgets with these tools. There are many Bushcraft tools on the market, we’ll discuss the merits of a few, keeping the focus on practicality and cost effectiveness. Tools require routine maintenance, so you will be shown how to sharpen a knife and have the opportunity to put this into practice.

Frosts Mora knife with feather sticks

Frosts Mora knife with feather sticks

Fire lighting

A campfire provides warmth, light, the means to cook food and purify water, keeps creepy crawlies at away and builds group moral. Unfortunately many people struggle to get a fire going, usually because they haven’t been shown how or had the opportunity to practice. You will learn how to build campfires using a variety of ignition methods, what natural resources are best for burning and keep things safe for your group and the environment. Lunch will be cooked on a campfire, so you will have the opportunity to practice and build confidence in fire lighting whatever the weather.

Excellent course, takes you back to ‘basics’ and gives you the confidence to be more adventurous

Shelter

You will also learn how to erect a light weight tarpaulin (tarp) so you can shelter from the elements. You’ll learn simple knots that are easy to remember and then be able too use those same knots to put up and try a hammock.

Had the most fantastic time and have learnt to many new skills, built my confidence – Thank you

Safe drinking water

Sometimes it’s easy to take water for granted. It’s just a matter of turning the tap on and there we have it, clean, safe drinking water. When camping or on a hike, you’ll probably have water in containers, but what happens when it runs out and there are no taps near by? There are many places to get water from when in the countryside, but most will be put off by worrying about it being safe to drink. We will consider some of the places and then focus on how to make this water safe to drink. You will learn how to to filter and purify the water.

Health and safety

As with most outdoor activities there are some health and safety issues to be considered. Topics covered will include safety around the campfire, toilet and washing arrangements, adverse weather, camp location and first aid provision.

Campfire cooking

Lunch will be cooked on a campfire, so there will be an opportunity to help with cooking. Cooking methods will vary, for example we may bake potatoes and or other vegetables in embers, steam fish, kebab meat or vegetarian option and or create a stir fry in a large skillet.

Lunch: chorizo sausage kabab cooked on campfire

Lunch: chorizo sausage kabab cooked on campfire

Natural history

You will be guided around the woodland, learning how to identify trees, gain knowledge of how they can be used. Depending on the season, we will also forage for a few edibles to add a little variety to our meal and or make a herbal brew!

Course date(s):

  • Sunday, 22-Jan-2017 – Finished
  • Saturday, 03-Jun-2017 – Finished
  • Saturday, 04-Nov-2017 – Places available for accompanied teenagers!!

That’s all the courses and events, done, dusted and finished for 2017. Don’t worry, dates for 2018 will be announced soon, please subscribe and you’ll get these announcements sent direct to your inbox!

Alternative dates available for group bookings – click here for details

Course information:

  • Cost: £75 per person
  • Location: The Chilterns
  • Start and end times: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Course size: 8 participants
  • Age range: 13+ for course on 04-Nov-2017 (Normally 18+) teenagers to be accompanied by an adult (parent, relative, guardian, or similar who will ultimately be responsible for their safety and care). NB. Both teenagers and accompanying adults require tickets!
  • Includes: Refreshments and a light lunch!

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