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Children's Bushcraft

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Tony, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Fallow Way

    Fallow Way New Member

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    One of the biggest Forest School training companies can be found at;

    www.forestschools.com, they teach OCN level 1,2 and 3 as well as a certified qualification in becoming a Forest School trainer for experienced practitioners (level 4), again, all over the country. I studied under them a few years ago and I`m now doing a wide range of Forest School provision, very knowledgable and experienced trainers.


    BigJim, your link did not work, are you refering to Simon and Marijke at Forest School Training Company Ltd? the link is http://forestschool-training.co.uk/
     
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    Hello, I only joined tonight, but I felt I should add my tuppence-worth.
    I'm a Forest School Leader and take various groups of 4-5yr olds out into woods every two weeks through the whole year. It's so very possible and so, so beneficial!
    Tom Brown's book is fantastic, there's also another great book caled Nature's Playground by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield which has lots of activities, all arranged seasonally, which is a help!
    What Leon-1 said about Forest Schools is completely right, we introduce the use of fire and hand tools when we feel the children are confident enough to give it a go, I also work with a nursery group who are 3 and a half to 4 yrs and had a great fire with them just before Christmas. It's all about how confident you feel with your skills as to what you introduce at what age, children are often far more able than we realise.
    I could yabber on endlessly, but going back to the original question on page1...a lovely activity is making elder friendship bands. (not bracelets, as that word can put boys off)

    *Select & cut a length of elder around 30cm long and 2cm in diameter
    *Cut into 2cm lengths with a hacksaw (not loppers or secateurs as they crush the wood) to make 5-6 beads.
    *Find a "pokey stick" just thin enough to poke out the pithy middle of each bead,
    *Thread the beads onto a piece of string
    *Tie round the wrist of your bestest friend in the whole, wide world! ... and they might make one for you too.

    That's one of mine, please use it & pass it on!
    I'd be happy to chat if you'd like any more ideas
    Smiles
     
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    Hey Kris!
    It's Janina from the FS Level 3 course,... long time ago now eh? Its great to see you'r still at Capstone and doing some great work too. We were the first people to roll out FS in Essex too, what pioneers we are!!!
    Big smiles
    Janina
     
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    Hello from a fellow FS3

    :waves:
     
  5. DavidEnoch

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    I have two girls that are now 9 and 11. I got them fuzzy backpacks a couple years ago. They have basic survival gear in their packs.

    Saturday, we had a bushcraft day in the backyard. The girls set up a tarp into 4 different shelters, practiced using their knives to make stakes, climbed trees, and we made a Super Cat Alcohol Stove and boiled some water. The girls had a very good time and I enjoy doing things with them. It would have been fun to have done this in the woods but we had some time restraints.

    Oh, we also aired out two new Italian Military Wool Blankets that I got for $12.50 each at Cheaper Than Dirt.

    David Enoch
     
  6. ladanddad

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    Hi all just joined tonight.

    Iam planning on taking tom out at the weekend for the day, do a little fishing,shelter building, knots, brews and cooking. He has suggested sausages I may just try bannock as well.

    At only 9 some may think him to young for his own knife but in fact he has 2 a folder and a fixed blade the folder for nearly a year now. Only one nick in this time and has only had to be warned once about misbehaving after the original warnings on safty ect. In fact if he sees a tree or bench with names carved in he tells me some people do not deserve to have knives.

    We recently got him a sewedish trangia on which {he with supervision from his mum} has already cooked 2 meals for the family while he was at work, wish id been there.

    Speak to you all soon dave
     
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    Can I recommend pancakes as an excellent 'bushie' type meal which can be practised at home? Pre-mix the dry stuff for field use - my boy (8yrs) now wakes me on Saturday mornings with a pile of pancakes and maple syrup - completely unsupervised.

    N
     
  8. Hunter

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    slowly give them equipment so they can build up a 'bushcraft box'... its great fun for them to then put it to use!
     
  9. ladanddad

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    and even more fun watching the huge smile when they do something on there own for the first time
     
  10. Jimmy the Jet

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    Thankyou... it looks like a very useful book
     
  12. Iona

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    this has been sooo interesting to read... I do quite a lot of stuff with my son, foraging, edible/poisonous plant identification, camping, fire safety etc. However did not know that the "starter knives" existed so will be out getting one asap! also thanks for the inspiration, I plan to start running foraging courses soon with lessons on cooking/utilising what you've gathered as part of it. Had not even thought of doing one aimed particularly at kids, despite the fact that I'm a qualified CRB checked childcarer and live in the Ashdown Forest aka Hundred acre wood!

    I think there might have to be a few days commited to kids walks, with plant id-ing foraging etc, and hopefully the cooking lesson part will get them all eating their (wild) greens! GREAT thread guys, thanks again!
     
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    allsorts round here I tells ya! some of the humans are even stranger... lots of space and a great variety of foragable goodies though. mushrooming is always majorly rewarding :) I picked a cep last year 21 cms across :) happy days. *sighs...
     
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    Hi all,

    I find getting them out there in the first place is the biggest problem, but once there they are fine. Having two daughters and trying to teach them some basic survival stuff is a challenge. But like kids, once you have told them and they can see its of an importance to you, they do take some of it onboard as little snippets of info do get back to me now and again.

    I recently made them small, Helle Triple Laminated knives, purchased from here, http://www.moonrakerknives.co.uk/. Once they see the value of a very sharp knife they soon learn to respect that. I dare say Social Services would have a field day, about responsibility and all! lol. In life though they are bound to come into contact with many sharp knives in the kitchen etc, and at least they will know the dangerous end.

    So all in all, I think its a great idea, Basic Bushraft/Survival ought to be taught at schools.

    Tim

    Use of sharp cutting tools
    Tree Identification
    Plant ID'
    Water purification methods
     
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    Hi Tony today me and my mrs snuck down the woods to leave a tin under a tree just under the surface.then we worked out how to get to it from the car park with a compass. for my young 11 year old boy special agent Adam.after findind the tin there was a message init saying he had to now find some coal fungus and take it home were he would use my flint and steel to set fire to the secret information he had used to get there.I must say we all loved it and he was nackerd after,everyones a winner hope this helps you

    cheers Paul
     
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    This is perhaps slightly off-topic but I fear as the world becomes more convenient, health and safety becomes more ridiculous and people become lazier that bushcraft may die down, I believe there should be more groups for children where they can gain an insight into working with nature because all the technology in the world can not stop nature from being a big part of our lives and sharing the passion of bushcraft from generation to generation is key to a real responsible and enjoyable lifestyle. What do you all think?
     
  18. Greensleeves

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    Hi all..can anyone reccommend a childrens course for an 8 yr old boy.. I have done the Foundation course Bushcraft Exped which was very good but want something nearer for a weekend to start him off.??
     
  19. Ironclad

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    Hiya - my two daughters are really getting into Bushcraft now, at 7 and 5, and my little boy is showing all the signs of genius at 2!

    We've so far covered:

    Putting up a tarp,
    Safe knife and axe use (really, I know its not very H+S but they need to know..)
    Lighting a fire
    Using a Dutch Oven to make bread
    Trees and Leaves (identifying them)
    Stalking (pigeons admittedly!)
    Archery - big hit this one!
    Knots
    Looking after their kit - funny how this being the simplest was the hardest to teach them...

    They're loving it - come rain or shine...

    I like the compass routes idea to find something - class...

    Andy :)
     
  20. Langers

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    On my first trip out with my 4 year old daughter, a few years ago now we
    Slept under a low tarp, she baked I was frozen.
    Made a fire
    Explored

    Now she is 9 she can easily with a friend
    Make a fire from a spark
    Put up a tent
    Put up a hammock and tarp
    Use knife for whittling under supervision
    Follow a simple orienteering or 'treasure hunt' route with a compass
    Look after her kit, kinda
    Know what to do in emergencies
    Cook a full breakfast on an open fire
    Make a roasting stick and rest for marshmallows
    Get a pretty neat groupings with an air rifle at 20 yds

    I usually take a mate of hers and dad, then i get some beers in the evening.

    Skinning rabbits in half term :)
     

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