Below you will see that we can offer: team building sessions, bushcraft & forest skills sessions and the John Muir Awards delivery.
At WildWood we will provide candidates with a realistic forest focused experience, in which an array of team building skills will be honed. Our method of working is to currently provide a choice of two sessions addressing team building development strategies. Geocaching and ‘Plane Down’ scenarios will compliment ‘character education’ themes to improve a student’s group work focus. These exercises will lead to greater communication links, improved risk taking, a greater capacity for thinking ‘outside- the-box’, enable trust forming relationships and create an environment where a hands-on approach to problem solving frees up those negative barriers of ‘Why Me?’ As leaders of team building philosophy, we wish to not only identify strengths but to highlight weaknesses in a positive and constructive manner, emphasising mutual respect and celebration of difference, as we all have a part to play in our organisations. Our aim here is to encourage full sight of the bigger picture and to install a professional thrust in which the candidate will now ask; ‘Not Why Me? BUT Try Me!’
So what is geocaching? It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. However, our candidates will be given specific bush craft based tasks to complete within a limited time period. The correct solving of each task will in turn unlock the next set of coordinates to move around our progressively more complicated course.
To give you a feel for the world of geocaching please follow these links, just bear-in-mind our version whilst browsing:
Our ‘Plane Down’ sessions, will involve a variety of scenarios based around the candidates’ plane crashing in a ‘thickly forested mountain area’. Some passengers are injured and others will be as difficult as possible to motivate as panic takes hold. They will have to quickly decision make, in order to prioritise a host of increasingly difficult tasks before nightfall. Until of course rescue arrives or will it – their shout!
BUSHCRAFT & FOREST SKILLS
Our sessions follow a Forest School approach combined with a skills development programme tailored from Bushcraft instructional techniques, designed to leave each candidate with an appreciation for the forest environment around them. We will demonstrate all the techniques first before allowing our candidates the opportunity to have a go for themselves. Our programmes are very fluid and course content will vary dependent upon the season and client’s preferences. Below is a flavour of our course content, which we are more than happy to discuss with you further, in order to create bespoke packages:
- Fire lighting Techniques – both ancient & modern (friction bow, flint and steel)
- Water Collection, Filtering & Purification Methods
- Natural Foods
- Natural Cordage
- Bow Making & Hands-on Range activities
- Animal Tracking & Signage
- Camp craft
- Knot work & rope usage techniques
- Kit and clothing advice/ideas/adaptations
- Shelter building and construction techniques (natural and man-made)
- Natural Navigation, Basic map work, Orienteering & Orientation
- Survival Psychology
- Tree & Plant Recognition
- Search & Rescue Application
- Traps & Snare information (demonstration from education aspect only)
- Casualty Evacuation from scenarios (Moorland, Mountain, Forest etc.)
- Greenwood Crafts
- Flint Knapping
- Knife/Axe usage – safety, the Law, techniques & knife maintenance.
JOHN MUIR CERTIFICATION
John Muir was born on the 21st of April, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. On moving to North America in 1876 he spent many periods of months & years trekking, exploring & pioneering. A result of which, he urged the U.S. Federal government to adopt a forest conservation policy through articles published in popular periodicals. In 1892 he founded the Sierra Club. He served as its first president, a position he held until his death in 1914. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration. The Award is open to learners from all backgrounds and is the educational initiative of the John Muir Trust. The ‘Four Challenges’ at the heart of each John Muir Award are:
Discover a wild place Explore its wildness Conserve – take personal responsibility Share experiences
There are three levels to each Award, encouraging a progressive involvement; the same four challenges above are repeated for each level, with increased involvement in time, activity and ownership.
- Discovery Award (introductory level) minimum 4 days (or equivalent)
- Explorer Award (intermediate level) minimum 8 days (or equivalent)
- Conserver Award (advanced level) minimum 20 days (or equivalent) over 6 months
At WildWood, our staff are registered & recognised as a Provider of these courses by the John Muir Trust.
Follow the link for more in depth information about the John Muir Awards: