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.
- 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.
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.
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).
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.