Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft

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Camp Craft

A home from home

"Home is where the heart is” as they say, and Woodlore’s heart has always been within the wild places of this world. It is fitting then that we should know how to make them our home from home. The Camp Craft course will teach you how to make yourself comfortable off the beaten track and far away from the distractions of everyday life. Through your own labours, you will establish your base camp and discover how to make this a place to rest, recoup, plan and prepare for adventures further afield. The base camp is an essential part of extended wilderness travel, a place of welcome, laughter and good food; come and join us in our home and learn how to live well in wild places.


Further Information

The comfort and stability of a base camp offers more than just a place to rest; it provides the opportunity to think clearly, recover from exertions, discuss plans, make repairs, maintain essential equipment and create a foothold in what might otherwise be a strange and unfamiliar place. In order to make this work correctly and efficiently however, you must first learn to use the tools and techniques that make all of this possible. The Camp Craft course will furnish you with a wealth of new and important skills that will set your course to a better life away from home.

During this remarkable week, you will be introduced to the axe; a game changing tool in terms of efficiency and scope. Combining this with an improvised bucksaw, you will be able to undertake much larger tasks and learn the correct techniques that make safe and quick work possible. Erecting shelters, kitchens, communal and working areas soon becomes far simpler than it might otherwise be and creates time to indulge in more complex cooking and furnishing your camp with useful items handmade from the forest.

The results will speak for themselves and you will depart confident in the knowledge that you can provide a safe haven in the wilds for both you and your companions.

Skills list

  • Using and maintaining your axe
  • Siting and organising a camp
  • Building fixed camp shelters
  • Furnishing a kitchen
  • Camp hygiene & latrines
  • Basic maintenance of petrol stoves and lanterns
  • Splitting fire wood
  • Rope work including knots, splicing, whipping and lashing
  • Felling, limbing & sectioning trees
  • Splitting large timbers
  • Bread making & camp cooking
  • Carving projects

This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 13:00 on Saturday.

Catering

This course is self-catering, so please bring enough food for the duration of the course and a stove to cook it on. Many clients have found in the past, bringing a cool box is useful to keep all of your food inside.

We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, 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 Camp Craft course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. 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.

We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

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

Please select a course date Please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking your place.


  2018 Dates - Camp Craft

- (6 places) • £700.00

Course Reviews

Camp Craft is rated 5/5 based on 15 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 15

  I highly recommend this course. It's less intense than Fundamentals. However, I still gained confidence with the knife and axe. I also learnt a lot of key skills for living in a camp - such as hygiene, campfire cooking and discipline (essential if it is wet). Splicing and axe helve polishing in the evenings around the campfire helped round off each evening in a very sociable way. This course felt more like a holiday than a learning environment - but everything listed in the course information was covered. Now I just need to practice to make permanent.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 15

  A fantastic course & great experience. I learnt so much - not just the course curriculum but loads in the general chatter from course leaders as well as learning loads from other participants. If you are considering this course, just go ahead & book, you'll have no regrets. I learned to use & maintain an axe & knife, do 3 different splices of rope, make a waterproof shelter, make & furnish a kitchen, make a bow saw, cook bread in a Dutch oven, carve a bread board, stool & spoon. We also made a ladder from rope and a few branches. Ive also made a couple of friends.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 15

  My second Woodlore course after the Fundamental Bushcraft, and all I can say is 'brilliant'. The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed than the Fundamental, with more emphasis on developing skills and using tools to make life easier around camp. The axe, as you will learn if you come on this course, is a very versatile tool that you can do a lot of surprisingly heavy work with. The course instructors were a wealth of knowledge and always there to lend a hand. Thanks Dan, Keith and Ade. Book on the course - you won't regret it; especially when you fell your first tree and turn it into something special.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 15

  I have just returned home from your Camp Craft course (my first Woodlore course), and wanted to express what an amazing experience I had. The team of experts - Dan, Keith and Adrian - were so kind and professional that I felt completely safe while they were around. Their knowledge and skill level is amazing; they are an absolute asset to Woodlore and an inspiration to me. I will definitely be returning to try more courses; I have found that 'something' I've been needing for a while now. Please pass on my thanks to the team.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 15

  I attended the Camp Craft course because I wanted to gain knowledge of how to use larger tools like the axe, safely and effectively. Going into a Woodlore course my expectations were high, but these expectations were met and even exceeded. We covered a vast amount over the week, being taught in fine detail not only about axes, their history, structure and of course how to use them safely and efficiently, but we also learnt a great deal about setting up and maintaining a camp, as well as planning and organising in order to make existing in woodland more comfortable. I was particularly happy with how we were given a lot of time, space and careful instruction to use our tools ourselves and just get to know how they feel and handle. It must take some nerve for the instructors to pass out axes to the group when only a short time after we would be using them semi-independently, but I have to say the safety briefings we were given were thorough and unrushed, which dispelled a lot of potential trepidation when processing wood for the first time. A few days in to the course, going out in to the woods and selecting a larger tree which we would then fell was a particular highlight for me and an experience I am very keen to build upon. More specifically, something that I liked was how the instructors gave invaluable insight into the essential structure of trees and timber and how we were encouraged to analyse the material we were using, so we could complete tasks more quickly, safely and with greater efficiency. Overall, the instruction we received from Tom, Ady and Kev was absolutely first rate. They were approachable and friendly at all times, with a massive amount of knowledge between them that they were always ready to impart. It was great that we were encouraged to ask questions, and that these guys motivated us to get stuck in with all the projects and tasks we were given. It was a pleasure to get to know them over a week and of course the rest of the attendees who were all top class individuals and who made the week in the woods so much more enjoyable. I would say the best thing I’ve taken away from this course aside from great memories (and my own Gransfors Axe, Mora knife and crooked knife!) would be the confidence I now have in picking up an axe. Where I would have been apprehensive about using such a potentially dangerous tool before, now I have the knowledge, experience and confidence to use an axe to process timber for fire wood, carving and even for felling a tree should I ever need to. Perhaps more importantly, I now have a greater appreciation of the axe and it’s potential as a tool to improve one’s situation and standing when in wild places. It may be a lot of money to fork out to attend the Camp Craft course but the skills you learn which help bolster your own self-reliance are things that transcend money and I would urge anyone to take part if they can.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 15

  Great camp! I learned many nice things. I thank the professional ways of teaching of Tom and Nick. Siegurd from Holland.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 15

  I understand that this is one of the more ‘laid-back’ courses that Woodlore run so I can’t believe how much we learnt during the week long course; it must be down to the fabulous teachers – thank you Tom, Sarah and Keith. As one always seems to discover on a Woodlore course – there is a basic set of practical skills to learn but you only truly appreciate them because they come with a wealth of additional knowledge gained through experience and so generously shared. As always the air of enthusiasm from staff and students alike was contagious and I added enormously to my meagre set of Bushcraft skills. Thank you Woodlore, my camp will now be a more comfortable one thanks to you.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 15

  Firstly a big thanks to Tom, Adrian and Brian for another great course. This one was much more relaxed than previous courses but still long days nevertheless, with the never ending oiling of the axe handle around the camp fire - something I can't seem to replicate at home with my linseed oil mix in a paint kettle over my honey stove in the back garden! Every skill was presented with the same care and knowledge that makes the Woodlore instructors such good teachers. There are only so many hours in a day and the knowledge of these guys would fill weeks in the forest. The rain did not dampen anyone's spirits and if anything gave a greater insight into the life of an outdoorsman. Here's to next season and some great times around the camp fire with Woodlore.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 15

  well what an awesome course, as all the courses I have been have been. Finding out how the use of the small forest axe and buck saw work together was a joy, the team Steve, Ady, Nick and Jeremy were great, never over complicating things and making sure we grasped what they were putting over. I just wished it went on for a day or two longer, but i will be able to travel out in to the woods now with even more confidence......and a note to the team I managed to get the shave horse home, took longer than expected.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 15

  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian, Tom, Steve and Nick for a great week during the Camp Craft course (10th – 16th may 2011). When I think back at the week and all the things I have learned the list seems endless. Some of the skills I have already used at home and shared with my friends and family. This shows me how relevant the skills are that have been taught during the course and that the old knowledge has retained its value over the years. The week was very inspiring and made me long for a next trip to the woods. I will do my best to pass on as much of the skills I have learned to keep bushcraft alive. It was definitely worth the effort of flying over from Holland to the UK. I have learnt a lot and I’m very glad to have done the course. Thank you guys for a great week, best of luck and I hope to see you again in the future. Kindest regards, John van Zanen, The Netherlands.  

 

Rated: 5/5




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