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About the Course
This course is designed to give you an overnight bushcraft experience, putting your skills to the test under the guidance of our instructors. Over the 24hrs you will learn and practice a number of skills including, fire lighting, shelter building, game preparation, backwoods cooking techniques, wild food foraging and snares and traps.
After an initial introduction and safety briefing you’ll be given all the tools you need to survive this 24hr experience. Your first task will be to construct a weatherproof shelter, where you’ll spend the night. You will be given guidance on how to build your shelter so that you have a comfortable nights sleep, using only the natural resources you have around you. You will be using natural bindings such as roots and withies to lash your shelter together, and for insulation and protection from the elements you will cover it with a thick layer of leaves and bracken – making sure it is fully weatherproof. A woodland game lunch will follow but first you must prepare it using only your hands!
After lunch you will be taken on a wild food forage, collecting seasonal delights to accompany your evening meal. It’s a great way to taste first hand what nature has to offer. Once back at base camp you will be shown a variety of traps and snares and our instructors will talk about the legalities of snaring and trapping. You will then get a chance to make your own trigger trap and test it works.
It’s then on to an action packed afternoon of firelighting. You’ll be given guidance on how to find natural tinder such as birch or honeysuckle bark, harvest it and prepare it ready for starting your fire. Our instructors will show you the different stages of firewood needed to successfully light a fire and sustain it throughout the evening, keeping you nice and toasty in your shelter. It’s then over to you to light your own fire – you’ll be using the primitive bow drill method. Once you produce you smouldering ember you will have to carefully transfer it to you prepared tinder bundle to ignite your fire! Once lit the challenge is to keep your fire going for the remainder of the course.
It’ll then be time to prepare and cook your evening meal. We’ll start with the meat, usually rabbit, you’ll be shown how to skin and prepare this ready for cooking over the open fire. Our instructors will show you how to adapt your fire lay (layout of your fire) to aid in cooking. The edible goodies you foraged earlier in the day will be used to accompany the rabbit making for a delicious meal.
After dinner you’ll have some time to relax around the central campfire, reflecting on what you’ve achieved during the day.
As the sun rises you’ll awaken to the sound of the wood as it comes to life. The first thing to check is your fire – is it still alight? You will need this for cooking your breakfast on, so you’ll either need to build this up, or get it going again. You will be given the ingredients and taken through how to make bannock – a traditional Scottish breakfast.
All good things must come to an end and after breakfast the course will come to a close.
During the course you will learn:
How to safely use knives and saws, including various cutting techniques
The fundamentals of shelter building including location selection and potential hazards
How to construct a weatherproof shelter (leaf litter)
How to identify useful trees and plants for food and medicine
How to prepare game (usually pigeon and a rabbit) ready for cooking over the open fire
Bushcraft cooking techniques
How to light a fire without matches, using the traditional bow drill method (fire by friction)
How to maintain a fire throughout the night
How to set a snare and a trap
Course Cost £149
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
The course will last 24hrs – starting at 9am and finishing at 9am the following day.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
This course starts at 9am and finishes at 9am the following day.
Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.
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Course Start DatesSaturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
- Suitable for beginners
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