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4 full days: The course begins at 09.00 on the first day and ends at
16.00 on the last day.
Course content: cutting tools, firelighting, water preparation, bushcraft cooking, shelter, plant uses including cord making, navigation, wildlife tracking
As the name suggests this course gives you a firm foundation in a range of key bushcraft skills. The main difference from a weekend course is the depth in which we cover the subjects and the amount of guided practice time provided. This is extremely valuable in assimilating the skills. While camping over the four day period you also get the chance to really settle into the woodland environment. Additional components to this course are navigation and bushcraft cooking.
The course is highly recommended for both beginners and as a valuable step forward for those who have attended shorter courses. You will learn the safe use of sheath knife and saw and can use these tools to make up your own bow drill set. You will also learn about firelighting, including bow drill, sparks, fuels and firelays. You will have the chance to collect and purify water, build a leaf shelter and string up a hammock, do some bushcraft cooking (for example, gutting and preparing fish - either clay baking or grilling on stick), learn about plant uses including foraging and cord making, and learn basic navigation methods, including natural methods of direction finding. You will also get an introduction to animal tracks and signs.
During your stay we encourage you to try out sleeping in leaf shelters, cook by the fire and get to know your fellow bushcrafters!
Learning outcomes: At the end of the course you should: