The school bus arrived at the forest gate and the students ‘yomped’ up through the trees to our camp, basking in some glorious May weather. The guys were then split up into several groups and given a furnace kettle!
They had to find and source their own kindling, tinders and sticks to success fully combust, to create enough heat from their fires to boil the water for their choice of beverage – the first team to make a drink being the winner.
This was all about foraging for air-dried kindling, not selecting ‘green’ sticks, using the ferrocerium rods correctly and successfully and most of all listening to the initial briefing. After their well earned rest while drinking the brew, the teams were then given poles, tarps, bungees, string and rope – they had to plan a shelter design!
Then off they went to find a good spot to build in, before returning to camp for their ‘kit’. Once built, all the teams’ shelters were visited in turn to find out the pros n cons of the differing styles and techniques used. After lunch, the afternoon was given over to a period of reflection and to craft work orientated tasks –
there was print making on fabric, woodallion making, sawing, weaving and collage making using natural resources from the woodland! Cheers for coming folks, see yo all again soon!