An eager bunch of eight year olds yomped up to our clearing in the forest and having chosen their three groups, settled down to creating a team flag for their own camp.
Once that was carried out the guys began the learning process for fire making; first up they became familiar with the use of a ferrocerium rod and how to safely strike the rod to produce a usable spark, then they practiced further by igniting a small piece of cotton-wool.
Then it was off to find dry kindling and tinder, not an easy task, it having rained heavily the evening before! Once readied with their fuel, the intricacies of the furnace kettle workings and safety pointers were demonstrated: then it was over to the folks to fill their kettles and get boiling.
Meanwhile in pairs, they got to use an axe and chop up billets of wood for the main open fire – oh did they love this!
Once the kettles boiled, they made their own hot chocolate drink and then it was off to set up their own shelters and camp area. An hour later, they were al around the main fire, munching their hotdogs and chatting away about whose den was the best.
After a little more time on their camp areas, it was back to the central fire for the toasting of marshmallows and then they were heading back along the forest trails as the light faded! Thanks for coming folks and see you all again soon!