With modern life being so hectic and busy, wouldn’t it be nice to have the opportunity to spend some time as a family out in the woods?
This Bushcraft experience is aimed at families with young children (there is no minimum age). It is all about having fun in the woods; learning about campfires, and keeping safe, baking bread, foraging in the woods, crafts and games that will help connect your family more closely with nature.
As you arrive in the Bushcraft camp, there will be a campfire burning gently under a large parachute, creating our home in the woods. We will talk about how the campfire provides warmth, light, the means to cook food and purify water, and keep creepy crawlies away. You and your family will be shown how to build campfires using a variety of ignition methods (not just matches), what natural resources are best for burning and how to keep things safe for your family and the environment.
There will be opportunities to have a go and for children the opportunity to get closer to the fire, to learn how to keep safe and know how to place sticks safely on the fire, all under close supervision.
Dens and Shelters
Various shelters will be available for you to try; you will be able to see what it’s like to sit or lay back in a hammock and to gently swing and drift off to sleep for a moment whilst listening to the birds above.
There will also be natural shelters and dens, those made of branches, sticks and leaves. You and your children will be able to build dens and shelters and see what they are like inside and even snuggle down for a while if you wish.
You will be making bread together as a family unit; working as a team, all helping, watching the yeast rise, and mixing and kneading the dough. We will then place the dough near to the fire to help it rise for a little while and then bake the bread on the campfire.
While we wait for the bread to bake, you will be able to explore the camp and have refreshments; try a nettle or herbal tea and or toast a marshmallow or two on the campfire. When baked, we’ll all be able to try the bread, with some butter and jam if you like or just on its own. Should anyone have any special dietary requirements, usually a different flour can be used to accommodate their needs, do just ask.
You will be guided on a short walk through the woods. We will stop and look at interesting plants, touch and feel the textures of the trees, and keep an eye out for any animal tracks or signs. On the walk you will be encouraged to gather a few items to be used later for crafts; feathers, flowers, leaves or anything else that your children find intriguing.