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Bushcraft

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 eight Wild Things Saturday bushcraft sessions currently, with more on the way, so there is bound to be something for you to sink your teeth into.  All of 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 have two levels, the first being Beginner/Intermediate, 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 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 of 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 Beginner/Intermediate Bushcraft sessions by clicking here….

Beginner/Intermediate Bushcraft (every Saturday, plus Sundays on Bank Holiday Weekends only)

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.

09:00 – 10:00 – Search & Rescue (£12.50)  Here we will show you the basics of search and rescue where you will learn how to stay safe and, crucially, not become the person that needs rescuing!  We will look at how you can help yourself and give yourself the best chance of being rescued.  The main activity during this session will be learning some key knots, building a stretcher from nature and rescuing a casualty safely and evacuating them to safety.
10:15 – 11:15 – Fire-making (£12.50)  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.
11:30 – 12:30 – Traps & Snares (£12.50)  Here we hope to dip your toe into the world of traps and snares.  You will discover how they work, when they should be used and what they should be used on and also learn how to build a few different types of traps and snares yourself.
     OR (subject to Instructor availability):
11:30 – 12:30 – Navigation (£12.50)   Introductory session teaching you the importance and use of navigation, looking at what we can use it for and how we can use it.  You will explore different techniques, from primitive to modern day navigation, both on land and at sea.  You will learn the basics of navigation, how to use a compass, take a bearing and read a map…culminating in a small navigational treasure hunt!
13:30 – 14:45 – Archery (£15.00) Introduction to Archery suitable from 7 years upwards. Have a go in our purpose built range and see if you can become the next Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen!
13:45 – 14:45 – Soft Archery (£12.50)  Ideal for young children aged from 4 years upwards or for the whole family to do as a group activity (subject to availability).
15:00 – 16:00 – Camp Craft (£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…!
16:15 – 17:15 – Shelter Building (£12.50)   Introductory session teaching you the importance and use of shelter building.  You will 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…!
     OR (subject to Instructor availability):
16:15 – 17:15 – Water Purification (£12.50)  Introductory session teaching you the importance of purifying and filtering water, whether in the field or at home.  You will learn the basics of what purifying and filtering is, and then move on to building your own filter from scratch in nature.  This session demystifies the science of making water safe to drink; from sourcing your water, collecting it, and then on to removing contaminants and waterborne pathogens.  You will discover a whole array of techniques for filtering and purification, including primitive methods for boiling, chemical purification and UV purification.  You will also investigate camp hygiene in relation to dealing with human waste, leave-no-trace practice, camp latrines and personal hygiene.

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.


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 will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm and then 13:00pm to 16:00pm and cost £45 per person, or full-day courses from 9:00am to 16:00pm at £85 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.


To book any of the sessions please contact Karina on 07528 609324

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