RUSHDEN ACADEMY

3 Day Residential Course

 

DAY ONE

10:00 Arrive

Introduction to Camp

Our instructors will discuss the key elements of Bushcraft and explain what the students can realistically achieve living in the wild.

They will then have a safety briefing and familiarise themselves to their new surroundings.

Fire Workshop & Wilderness Cookery

The students will learn the basic principles of the fire triangle and put this knowledge into practice by collecting wood and lighting

their fires using flint and steel. They will then learn how to cook a simple meal using fresh seasonal ingredients, over the fire.

12:30 Lunch

Cutting Tools Workshop

Students will learn about the different types of tools used in the field of Bushcraft, both primitive and modern, and the reasons for

their use. They will be taught safe handling techniques, helping them to understand how to manage risk effectively.

Shelter Building

The students will learn why we need shelter when we are living outside, and the types of shelter people from different societies,

nationalities and places have used across the ages. Each tribe will then build their own shelter, using natural materials from around

the woodland.

18:30 Supper

Night Line

This exercise will require students to negotiate a set route through the trees whilst blindfolded, overcoming any obstacles they might

encounter. Unable to rely on their vision, students will experience their surroundings from a different perspective, heightening their

physical awareness of their surroundings.

Sleep in shelters

 

DAY TWO

07:30 Breakfast

Navigation Training

Students will be taught how to navigate through the woodland, using natural navigation techniques as well as a map and compass.

Orienteering

The students will use their navigation skills to complete an orienteering course in their teams, using grid references to locate each

control point and successfully get their whole team there, as quickly as possible.

12:30 Lunch

Archery

The students will learn a little history about this ancient sport. They will then be taught basic archery techniques and how to handle

equipment safely and responsibly before competing in a mini-tournament.

Wilderness First Aid Workshop

The students will learn about the basic principles of fire and the fire triangle. They will be shown a variety of ways our ancestors

have made fire over the years, then put this knowledge in to practice by collecting firewood in their tribes and light their fires using

flint and steel.

18:30 Supper

Tribes Got Talent

This is a fantastic way to spend the final evening, participating in our trademark talent competition, in which each tribe performs a

skit, dance or song which they will have been practicing all week. All of the students enjoy themselves and it is always brilliantly

amusing, and at times, astonishing, as the students show off their skills.

Sleep in shelters

 

DAY THREE

07:30 Breakfast

Camouflage and Concealment Exercise

Students will take part in a fun camouflage and concealment exercise, employing team tactics and making the most of their

surroundings to camouflage themselves and evade capture.

Scenario SOS

The students will put all of their new skills to the test and work in teams to complete an orienteering course, using grid references

to locate a simulated plane-crash scene, where they will treat the casualties and make improvised stretchers to evacuate them back

to camp.

12:30 Lunch

Leave No Trace Procedures

The students will learn the importance of leaving their environment as they found it, and understand the impacts human activity

can have on the natural landscape. They will be asked to strike camp and return their team camp areas to their natural state.

15:00 Depart

 

Timings:

Arriving at 10:00, departing at 15:00

Location

Cornbury Park or Hatfield Woods

 

We will provide all of the food for the course and all of our meals are cooked from fresh, exciting ingredients. The menu

will vary depending on the season and the length of the course, and we pride ourselves on being able to cater for all

dietary requirements.

Examples of meals include fresh salmon, roast venison, homemade burgers, stir-fry vegetable noodles, and fruit crumbles.

Students will also be given snacks throughout the day which will include fresh fruit and biscuits, as well as water and

squash to drink. Evenings will of course include a traditional cup of hot cocoa and toasted marshmallows around the

campfire.

 

The students will alternate between sleeping in shelters and bell tents, which 10-15 students will share.

 

KIT LIST

Below you can find our recommended kit list. We do stress that it is not necessary to go out and buy all new and

expensive kit to come on our trips. As long as you have a sleeping bag and roll mat, torch, appropriate footwear and

some warm clothes you will be fine, but just to be sure we have outlined the key items of kit below.

 

ESSENTIALS:

• Large rucksack (or alternative bag/suitcase)

• Small rucksack for daytime away from camp

• Warm sleeping bag (season 3)

• Roll mat

• Tracksuit/hard-wearing trousers

• T-shirts

• Warm jumpers/fleece

• Waterproof jacket and trousers

• Warm socks and underwear

• Footwear (2 pairs - e.g. walking boots, old trainers)

• Swimwear & suitable swimming footwear e.g old

trainers (please check with school if this is planned for

you)

• Towel(s)

• Wash bag including toothbrush, toothpaste and face

wipes

• Water bottle

• Good torch with fresh batteries

• Insect repellant

• Alcohol Hand Gel

OPTIONAL:

• Sleeping bag liner

• Pillow

• Whistle

WEATHER DEPENDENT:

• Wellington boots

• Warm hat

• Gloves

• Sun cream

• Sun hat

We kindly ask that you do not bring any sweets or snacks onto camp, particularly those containing nuts.

We also do not advise bringing electronic equipment, such as mobile phones.

 

If you need to know anymore please see the link below for FAQ.

http://www.thebushcraftcompany.com/downloads/schools/Facilitation%20Pack/FAQS.pdf

 

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