Scout Survival Skills Weekend

WildWoodlands Scout Survival Skills Weekend

This course is designed to meet the requirements for Scouts to achieve their survival skills activity badge in a fun and safe weekend and no prior experience is required for you to attend this course.

All courses vary depending on the season but below is a typical example of the format of our WildWoodlands Scouts Survival Skills Weekend:

  • Course Location: Cornwall
  • Course Time:  9:00 Saturday -12:00 Sunday
  • Course Duration: 2
  • Course Age: Scout
  • Course size: TBA
  • Meals: Optional
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Saturday

Everyone arrives at the designated meeting point for 9.00 am were we have introductions followed by a safety briefing. We then have a short walk from the car park into the woodland.

During the walk we will point out the location for drinking water, washing area and composting toilet this also helps to set the scene for the weekend ahead and introduces you to the environment in which you will spend the night.

Once we arrive at the base camp area, we will take the opportunity to outline the course structure, introduce you to the camp equipment, allowing you to settle into the woodland environment.

Once you are settled in, the instructor will take you through knife safety usage and safe cutting techniques when using knives and saws.

Next we will move onto shelter building, following a brief introduction on resources and locations, an instructor will guide you through the shelter building process and you we will then have the opportunity to build a shelter for you to sleep in for the night.

We will be looking at how to source, filter and purify your water and followed by camp hygiene.

Lunch, involves learning how to prepare and cook trout over the open fire.

We then have a very busy afternoon, administering emergency first aid, and then as always, a course favourite fire lighting techniques using natural resources followed by signalling for assistance in a survival situation.

After a short break we then next move on to preparing the evening meal. Dinner is provided and usually consists of game bird either (pigeon or pheasant) or rabbit.

Our instructors will guide you through how to prepare your food in a variety of ways. After the evening meal, weather permitting we will be using the night-time sky to look at the star constellations and how it can be used for navigation.

Sunday

The morning begins with a brief history and demonstration of making damper bread around the fire; we will discuss cooking techniques and various ingredients that can be used. We then follow this on with a demonstration on various cutting tools, how to sharpen them, and the legal aspects of carrying and using edged tools.

After a short break we spend the rest of our time foraging in and around the woodland learning about various plants and plant identification, tree identification and tree use.

At 12:00 noon the camp is then dismantled.

Our courses are designed to be a fun experience and at no point during the course will you be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Our helpful and friendly instructors are always on hand with help, advice, and assistance.