Bushcraft 101 provides practical skills you can use on your adventures, be that a night wild camping, a family camp out or a trip into the wilds of the countryside, here in the UK or to far off places. You don’t need to have any prior practical Bushcraft knowledge to attend, just come with the enthusiasm to learn, and a desire to camp out in the wilds and have fun learning outdoors.
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 without a knife. You will learn how to safely use a knife, bow saws and folding saws, by cutting firewood and making utensils.
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.
You will be making fire using a variety of means, including sparks, friction and more, using both modern and primitive methods, and yes, this will include making fire by rubbing sticks together. With the right materials and guidance this is very achievable and satisfying!
Excellent course, takes you back to ‘basics’ and gives you the confidence to be more adventurous
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.
We will also be building debris shelters from sticks and leaves, so there will be a choice of places to sleep for the night, and hammocks too!
Had the most fantastic time and have learnt so 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.
Meals will be cooked on a campfire, we will all help with food preparations and 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 – favourites include a nettle risotto!
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!