Bushcraft

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Here at Badgells Wood, we strive to provide a comprehensive, enjoyable and accurate introduction to the many facets of bushcraft.  The skills we teach range from primitive man, all the way through to modern day.  We provide a variety of bushcraft sessions currently, with more on the way, so there is bound to be something for you to sink your teeth into.  All our sessions will teach you how to survive in all environments and, if you never have to use them in a serious situation, you will at least be able to show off to your friends on your next camping trip…!

Most of our sessions are aimed at the Beginner/Intermediate level, running every Saturday (details below) – designed to be more of a practical and relaxed introductory session, with the opportunity for our instructor to give you more advanced skills if you pick things up quickly, or just want to test yourself a little more.

We can then offer a more Advanced level course, over a half or whole day – these sessions are more information based and will build on what you already know to give you hints, tips and survival tricks to fine tune your skills.  They are geared more towards the bushcraft enthusiast, requiring pre-existing knowledge and need to be booked direct with Karina.  All our skills and equipment have been tried and tested in the field.

Our bushcraft gets booked up quickly….so we suggest you book your courses at the same time as booking your pitch with us, to avoid disappointment…but if you have already booked your camping with us, you can still book Saturday Bushcraft sessions by clicking here – by entering a chosen date into the booking calendar it will show you what you can book on that date.

Our Bushcraft programme runs every Saturday throughout the season:

Bushcraft Adventures – from 9am to 11am – £18.50 – an introduction to bushcraft skills for our younger campers, to include navigation, fire-making and shelter building (minimum age 5 and if under age 7 will need to be accompanied by a paying adult).  Amongst other bushcraft skills, this session covers the same content as Fire-lighting and Den Building, which are available as separate, shorter sessions in the afternoon.

Archery – from 11.30am to 12.45pm & 1.30pm to 2.45pm – £15 an introduction to archery, suitable from age 7 for full archery. Have a go in our purpose-built range and see if you can become the next Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen! (All children attending Archery sessions, regardless of age, must be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Soft Archery – from 11.45am to 12.30pm & 1.45pm to 2.30pm – £7.50 – ideal for young children aged from 4 years upwards or for the whole family to do as a group activity (subject to availability & all children attending Archery sessions, regardless of age, must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

Camp Craft – from 3pm to 4pm – £12.50 – this session really touches on all the areas that are involved in a base-camp…varying from learning some key knots, making wristbands, belts, shoulder straps, chairs, shelters to whittling a pencil to write your to-do-list…!

Fire-lighting – from 4.15pm to 5.15pm – £12.50 – an introductory session teaching you the importance and use of fire.  You will learn the basics of what a fire is, what we can use to make it and how to make it.  You will explore different fuels to keep your fire going, different ways to start your fire, from matches, lighters, ferrocerium rods, flint and steel, plus a few secret techniques you won’t have seen before!  You will also learn the proper way to extinguish your fire and clear it up, leaving no trace.

Den Building – from 4.30pm to 5.15pm – £10 – learn the basics of what a shelter is, what you can use to make it and how to make it.  You will explore different materials and techniques to build your shelter, concluding with a special test of your abilities…!

All sessions need to be pre-booked online or with Karina. Please note that there is a minimum number of people required per session. If a session is under-booked, we reserve the right to change the timing or, if necessary, cancel your session, in which case we will refund it.

(Children must be aged 5 and over to take part (4 and over for Soft Archery); if aged less than 7 they will need to come with a paying adult so that everyone can make the most of the session. All children attending Archery sessions, regardless of age, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please note that there is a minimum number of people required per session. If a session is under-booked, we reserve the right to change the timing or, if necessary, cancel your session, in which case we will refund it. All sessions are open to campers and non-campers alike.)


Advanced Bushcraft, Survival skills and Private Group Bookings (by arrangement)

If you want to take things a bit further….we can run advanced versions of all our Saturday sessions, to include such skills as:

  • Friction fire-lighting
  • Water filtration in the extreme – from the Brecon Beacons to the Amazon
  • Navigation using the sun, stars, mood and wind, plus a few extras that will blow your mind…!
  • An all round guide to catching food

Half-day courses run 1pm to 4pm and cost £45 per person.  Each course requires a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants per session. Sessions will be available on Saturdays or Sundays, subject to Instructor availability.

Courses are adaptable to your skill level, please contact Karina on 07528 609324 to arrange or discuss your requirements.  Only when you have an agreed date with us, please click on the link below to make payment….


Birthday Parties

Our bushcraft parties, for children from 4 years upwards, really encompass everything that Badgells Wood is about….a fun, quick-paced, explosive and amazing experience that is geared towards getting kids involved in nature and, of course, the big kids among you! Please give Karina a call to discuss.


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