Joel aged 19 from Birmingham joined our GAP year team last September. He gives an update on a Bushcraft training event which took place in our copse in early January:-
The GAP team and Interns have been taught many exciting and highly effective skills during our Bushcraft training. These included choosing a safe place to create a fire along with using the right type of wood and leaves to light up with a flint and steel lighting tool as well as the best knots to use when putting up a shelter.
We went for a night hike to continue developing our navigational skills and did some first aid scenarios so we can carry out the right procedure in case one of us is leading a session and a participant gets hurt or injured. We were also taught again by Jon how to correctly hold different survival knives when cutting or sharpening wood.
Bushcraft sessions have been an adventurous, educational and thoroughly enjoyable part of our training. It’s enabled us to be resilient and safe with the tools we have as well as to rely on what nature provides. Above all, learning to enjoy and take pleasure in the beauty of God’s creation around us and to look after our world.
If you would like to know more about how we can include a Bushcraft session into your school residential, training day or team building event we would love to hear from you. We are also pleased to be hosting 3 exciting training events run by Where The Fruit Is in April here at A+ including a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid Course, Forest School Leader training (OCNWM Level 3) and Fun with Fire and Food. Do get in touch with the team at Where The Fruit Is for more information about this training.