Essential Bushcraft - Bushcraft Weekend Course
This bushcraft weekend course is designed to teach you the essential bushcraft skills. The two day course is specifically intended for the intermediate bushcrafter. The skills learned on this course will enable you to go out into the countryside with minimal equipment and reside comfortably.
The first day will be spent learning knife and saw safety. You will be taught the correct way to handle these tools in a practical way and you will be crafting various items throughout the weekend. You will then be taught about cordage, we will look at both natural and artificial and you will be shown different methods to find and make natural cordage from the plants around you. We will then go onto looking at different types of shelter which are used in bushcraft and wilderness living. A break for lunch, then it’s straight onto constructing a weatherproof leaf litter shelter from what nature has to offer, which you will be spending the night in. It’s then onto game preparation, where you will be preparing the game ready for cooking.
The remainder of the evening will be spent around the central fire where yo can relax and reflect on what you achieved during the day.
For the early birds, there may be a chance for a gentle walk through the woods, seeing if we can spot any wildlife going about their daily business. After breakfast, we will focus on fire lighting. We will go through the basic principles of fire lighting, where you will get a chance to have a go at fire by friction using the bow drill method. After which we will go on a nature walk through the woods, where we will be looking at the different trees and plants that surround us including some of their uses. We will then look at various ways to collect water and talk about the different methods to filter and purify it. It’s then back to camp where a woodland lunch will be waiting. After lunch there will be a friendly competition involving some of the skills which you have learned over the weekend.
Over the course of the weekend you will learn:
- How to light a fire (without matches)
- Construct a weatherproof shelter
- Some basic knots and lashing
- How to locate and make natural cordage
- How to identify some useful trees and plants
- How to prepare game including cooking techniques
- How to locate water and make it safe to drink
- How to navigate using natures help
- Knife and Saw safety
- Knife and Saw cutting techniques.
Fully catered course
Cost per person £150
This course will be run over two days starting at 09:00 on the Saturday and finishing at 16:00 on the Sunday.
20 - 21 April 2013 - Fully Booked
29 - 30 June 2013 - Last Few Places Remaining