Why not bring your young adventurers into the woods for the weekend and give them the chance to learn new skills, develop confidence and learn about the natural world around them? You can share in the challenge of mastering fire, make your own shelter and then relax in front of your fire together when the day is done.
This two day two night course is for family groups or children accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Family Bushcraft & Survival Weekend Overview
The content of this course is similar to our adult Bushcraft & Survival Weekend course, but tailored to a younger audience with additional elements about animal tracks and signs to help develop an enthusiasm and understanding of British wildlife.
Activities are designed for all the family to get involved in their own way, and all family members are welcome, there is no minimum or maximum age!
"Fantastic! Both the older children and younger children were engaged. Loved the hands on approach and how the children were allowed to do things by themselves. I’m sure they will enjoy walks in the park a lot more now!"
"It’s brilliant how much you can learn over the course of a few days. Graham was very generous with his vast knowledge."
"Thank you, I really enjoyed the experience! Amazing how far you can feel from your daily responsibilities when in the woods learning new skills!"
Course content can vary depending on the season, and natural resources available but includes:
Safe knife use*
Siting your fire
Tinder choice and preparation
Kindling and main fuel selection
3 techniques for fire lighting including fire from spark.
Fire from one match, every time.
Fire lays and Fire management
Leaving no trace
Useful Plants and Trees
Finding water & water purification
Build Natural and man-made shelters
Introduction to animals, tracks and signs.
Animal print hunt - including print casting
indicates optional at parental discretion for ages 11 and over
Conducted from an expedition-style teaching environment in a beautiful mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with an eco-friendly composting toilet. The camp fire is under cover, and acts as a communal area with a hot kettle constantly on the fire, coffee, tea, biscuit tin and squash available all day.
Our Woodland camp is based in beautiful ancient broadleaf woodland of 45 acres and is the venue for our weekend courses and many of our day workshops. Part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, the Bayford location is close to rail and road connections, (only half an hour from the M25, and near the A10) but entirely secluded, uninterrupted by public footpaths and secure with no public access.
Rich in traditional timber species such as Oak, Ash and Hornbeam, there is also a significant understorey of Birch, Hazel coppice, and plenty of wildlife who share the site including Badger and Deer.
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for other family group prices, we cater for all group types and sizes.
Arrival is 1900 on Friday evening giving you time to settle in, set up camp. On Saturday and Sunday your instruction will start at 9am learning and practicing a range of skills all day Saturday, and until 1600 on Sunday.
Booking your place
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