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:
- Shelter Construction
- Water Collection and Purification
- Plants for Food & Medicine
- Natural Cordage
- 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.
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.
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.