Bushcraft Full
Weekend Experience

DAY 1, Friday evening.

18.00. Arrive at the woods.

18.00 – 18.30. Introduction and familiarisation brief.

18.30 – 19.30. Introduction to cutting tools. (Lesson on the cutting tools we’ll be using throughout the course, each student will make 2 tent pegs).

19.30 – 20.00. Tarp shelters. (Erect simple 2-person tarp shelters for Friday night accommodation).

20.00 – 20.30. Game preparation. (Safely prepare a pigeon to eat for evening meal).

20.30 – Evening meal and down time (relax by the fire and get to know the group).

DAY 2, Saturday.

07.00 – 08.00. Breakfast. (Make Damper bread to eat with bacon and eggs).

08.00 - 09.00. Developing knife handling skills. (Lesson detailing various techniques to get the best out of using your knife and folding saw, culminates in teams making pot hangers).

09.00 – 11.30. Natural shelters. (Lesson on importance of and requirement for shelter. Construct 2 man shelters for Saturday night accommodation using natural materials from the woods).

11.30 – 13.00. Game preparation and lunch. (Safely prepare a fish (trout) to eat for lunch time meal).

13.00 – 14.00. Game preparation. (Safely prepare a small mammal (rabbit) to eat for evening meal, this will be cooked throughout the afternoon to make a stew).

14.00 – 14.45. Sourcing and preparing water. (How to source water and safely prepare it for drinking).

14.45 – 15.45. Introduction to fire lighting. (Hands on lesson investigating the various methods for lighting your fire using different tinders, etc, we’ll teach you how to light a fire even in the wet).

15.45 – 16.30. Natural navigation. (Forgot your compass, don’t worry. Introduction to navigating using natural indicators including sun, stars, etc).

16.30 – 17.30. Advanced fire. (Different types of fire and producing an ember with a fire bow/fire by friction).

17.30 - 18.30. Natural cordage (making string from natural materials).

18.30 – 19.30. Evening meal.

19.30 – 20.00. Team challenge. (Challenge to boil water applying knowledge gained from water and fire lesson and previously constructed pot hangers).

20.30 – Downtime (Relax by the fire).

DAY 3, Sunday Morning.

07.00 – 08.00. Breakfast.

  08.00 – 09.00. Traps and Snares. (Discuss different methods including the legalities for capturing game/fish in a bushcraft environment).

09.00 – 10.00. Knife Law and knife sharpening. (Understand the legalities regarding the use and carriage of knives in the UK finishing off with knife care).

10.00 – 11.30. Introduction to foraging. (Identifying edible, medical and poisonous plants and trees, includes safety considerations and legalities for foraging in England).

11.30 – 12.00. Wrap up and depart.

Lesson timing may vary due to weather, etc, but all will take place during the weekend.