Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft


Junior Fundamental Bushcraft

The Initiation for 11-16 year olds

Tailored for young, adventurous outdoors men and women and delivered with a hands on and enthusiastic approach, this course provides a sound foundation of bushcraft skills and knowledge. In addition to promoting an increase in confidence outdoors, bushcraft also teaches important lessons for life, patience, stoicism, resourcefulness, problem solving and most perhaps most importantly, a respect for nature.

Further Information

The main aim of this course is to encourage youngsters to live in natural surroundings comfortably and with confidence. Above all we aim for students of this course to have fun while they are learning the fundamentals of Bushcraft.

Bowing to the demands of both parents and their offspring, we have opened this course for the 11~16 age group, so that budding Bushcrafters can enjoy an exciting and informative experience, discovering the wonders of nature without a parent or playstation in sight. Students on this course will be outdoors all week.

The number of students will not exceed 16, and there is a purposeful low student:staff ratio of at most 4:1. The course will conclude with a certified test, where each student will have the opportunity to apply the skills that they have learned in a realistic and challenging scenario.

This course will not be cancelled due to bad weather, but we do reserve the right to make changes to its content according to weather conditions and the ability of each student.

The skills taught on the course will include:

  • Firelighting
  • Shelter Construction
  • Water Collection and Purification
  • Plants for Food & Medicine
  • Natural Cordage
  • Tracking
  • Safe use of Cutting Tools
  • Looking after the land and leaving no trace
  • Backcountry Hygiene
  • Outdoor Safety

This course starts at 10:00 on Monday and will finish at 16:00 on Friday.


Students will not live from the land during this course, although one meal will be of wild food. For the rest of the time normal meals will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some backcountry cooking. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

We provide squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.

Course Site

The Junior Fundamental Bushcraft course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Uckfield. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel, using a screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

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Course Reviews

Junior Fundamental Bushcraft is rated 5/5 based on 4 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 4

  I found the experience one of the best things I have ever done in my life and as soon as I left I was wishing I was back there. I am looking forward to and counting down the days until the next course, and I hope other people will take the course and enjoy it as much as I did.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 4

  An absolutely brilliant introduction to bushcraft made all the better by my fantastic instructors, Sarah, Dave, Tom and Ross. I really recommend this course and I'll definitely attend as many later ones as possible! Thank you very much!  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 4

  I really enjoyed this course and now not only can I navigate well, but I can also easily carve a spoon. Much recommended.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 4

  Dear Woodlore Team, safely back in Munich, we would like to thank you for an excellent, interesting, fun-packed and well organised week. Special thanks to Sarah, Emma, Tom and Nick for sharing their incredible skills and knowledge with us and for being the best fun instructors we've ever come across. We hope we will be able to put our bushcraft skills to use soon, and are hoping to see you all next year for the expedition skills course. We are very much looking forward to seeing Sarah's photos. Thank you all very much. Best wishes Lucien and Marcel Torlot  


Rated: 5/5

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about this course can be found here. If you have a question about this course, please contact us.

Will food be provided on the Junior Fundamental Bushcraft course?
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