The culmination of several weeks of training: real character education for a wonderful group of teenagers from a local secondary school. The learners truly discovered self exploration,
an array wilderness skills , a can-do attitude, how to overcome adversity in isolated situations, lots of woodland management techniques, some conservation aspects of the woodland environment (including bracken clearance and bird box making), sharing their experiences with others and a greater understanding and appreciation of open spaces.
The final day was enshrined as a gathering up of all their learned skills and their application to a scenario in the forest. In separated groups without staff assistance, they were to create an emergency smoke beacon (testing their frapping, wrapping & lashings to create a tripod with two platforms), make a viable two-person shelter using ropes and cordage fastenings with tarp sheets
and to create a sustainable fire to boil water for a warming beverage.
Marshmallow toasting and bannock-making over the camp fire, featured heavily throughout the day as a moral booster. With the certificates being passed out to folks as the day ended. It’s been a pleasure teaching you folks, hope we all meet again soon!