This is the next stage to our bushcraft discovery program, a hands-on experience. You will gain a better understanding of our amazing and abundant environment. Learn bushcraft skills, build, and sleep in your own shelter, light your own fire without matches, collect and purify water, learn the methods of how to catch, cook and eat food in the wild. Learn practical and survival skills to help you understand and live in the wilderness. This course is run at a safe, relaxed pace with a mix of fun and learning, requiring no prior experience.
Friday 1845 hrs Meet and Greet at a pre-arranged meeting point, we take a short drive to our overnight parking area, then we have a short walk into the woodland camp. This walk helps to set the scene for the weekend ahead and introduces you to the environment in which you will spend the next two days. When we arrive at the camp the instructors will get the fire going, while you prepare your sleeping arrangements, which, for the first night will be setting up your tent or tarp to sleep under. (Tent or tarp the choice is yours). Once the overnight accommodation is completed, time for a cuppa, and listen to the instructors outlining the course itinerary, they will then take you through knife safety and handling, also other tools safety and usage. It’s now time for the evening meal, you will be provided with game bird still in feather, (vegetarian, vegan, options will be available), guided by our instructors you will prepare and cook your own bird over an open fire, then relax and enjoy the efforts of your cooking skills. We next take a look at the night sky constellations that can be used to navigate by, if there are no stars visible, we have a practical activity to show the constellations.
Saturday The morning begins with a military ration breakfast. After breakfast, one of the instructors will teach you various knot tying skills. It’s now time for your first task of brushwood shelter building; looking at location, construction safety, materials, size and design. You will take part in a practical hands-on experience building an emergency shelter using only natural materials from the surrounding area, you will be on this task for the rest of the morning.
Build a good one, you will be staying in them overnight.
Time for a snack, you will learn how to prepare and cook fish over an open fire and use natural materials to cook with, no modern equipment will be used.
We then have a busy afternoon, consisting of; first aid, fire lighting skills without matches, water collection and making it potable, natural navigation, foraging for natural foods in a sustainable manner from natures larder. Early evening, we get on with a hands-on session of game preparation, this time mammal, typically squirrel or rabbit, we then prepare and cook the evening meal. While we are sitting down to dinner this will be a good time for a chat and re-cap the activities of the day.
Sunday begins with another military breakfast, followed by a demo and hands on setting of primitive snares and traps (including a chat on legal and ethical aspects of the subject matter). Then time to de-rig camp, rig for AT, and leave camp, on the way to our final RV, there will be a first aid scenario, and a rescue beacon fire test.
Endex participants depart 1200 hrs.
Our courses are run at a relaxed pace, with an element of fun, allowing you to have a good experience whilst you are with us.
Participants must be 18 years and over.