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Welcome to Bushcraft4Kids-Learning Bushcraft.

All children, parents and families benefit from being outdoors. Learning bushcraft gives everyone skills that will help them have a greater understanding of nature and the world around them. Learning bushcraft is more than learning new skills. It builds stronger bonds between family members and improves communication between everyone.

Bushcraft, A Way For Adults, Children And Families Develop New Skills And Start On A Journey Of Personal Development And Healthy Living

As Individuals learning bushcraft skills increases knowledge of children and adults, plus it helps take them on a journey of personal development. Everyone seeing improvements in confidence, motivation, self belief, the ability to

Bushcraft4Kids Helps children learning Bushcraft

Bushcraft4Kids Helps children learn to take risks and have adventure in there lives

make decisions and deal with stress. Additionally there are the health benefits of being outdoors and being active.

Society is becoming obsessed with Risk and at an early age children are told things are dangerous. If it is dangerous or there is any perceived risk children told they must not attempt the activity. We need to educate out children to assess and manage risk and see challenge as a good thing as long as we minimise the risks involved. This is something Bushcraft is excellent at helping people understand.

Put Adventure Into A Child’s Life Experience Bushcraft

Let’s take our children into the amazing world there is outdoors, all around us. Step out of their front door into a world of adventure where they can have fun whilst learning about the world they live in. We can all start to make a difference. Take the first steps and encourage your children to have an adventure.

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Handmade silver woggle, engraved glass and presentation box

Unique Woggle & Engraved Glass in Presentation Box.

 

The World Scout Jamboree 2019 is in North America. To assist some individuals to raise funds Bushcraft For Kids have produced so unique sets celebrating what will be and amazing event and opportunity for young people.  Sterling silver handmade woggle engraved glass and presentation box.

Handmade silver woggle, engraved glass and presentation box

Handmade silver woggle, engraved glass and presentation box

One set with a handmade solid silver woggle engraved glass and presentation box is being given to  Liam Woodall to raise funds for going to the event.

Handmade silver woggle, engraved glass and presentation box

Handmade sterling silver woggle

The second set is a handmade pearlescent resin woggle with an engraved glass and presentation box. This set is up for grabs. All you need to do is say why you want the set and what will it be used for. The successful person will be announced on our mailing list and will need to claim it. So don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. You will never be sent unwanted emails sent.

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Bite Sized Bushcraft – Finding Water

Finch in water

Bite Sized Bushcraft – Finding Water

As I child I would often watch Cowboy and Indian Movies and movies about people surviving in the wilderness. It would amaze me how a character would be in a bad way and suddenly see something that showed them the way to water, food or help. As I got older I would learn more about how we can use nature and what is around us. Whether it was from books, TV or people around me I was hooked from an early age. This Bite Sized Bushcraft Article is about one of the snippets of information I learned, that has stuck with me. It is about  birds helping us finding water.

Birds Finding Water?

Finches are a bird that eats grain. They can eat a lot in a day especially if there is Flock of them. Other birds that are similar are doves and pigeons. Birds that eat a lot of grain also need a lot of water. There is little or no water in the grain. Birds higher up the food chain that eat meat need less water, because they get most of what they need from the flesh that they eat.

The first thing to do is identify any birds you may find locally that eat grain. Then you can start looking. It is easy to

Finch in water

Finches Getting the water they need. Finding water using birds

think well they will eat grain during the day then fly off to get water before they rest up for the night. So you will look for them later in the day. Sadly this isn’t the best method. they could be going backwards and forwards all day long.

So you need to learn to track these birds in some way. You cant track then in the convention way we would track an animal due to a lack of ground sign (Spoor). So you need to know which way they are going, are they going to or from their water source. You needto observe the bird and you will see it doing one of two things.

  1. Flying fast and low in a direct route.
  2. Flying in a general direction but flying from tree to tree.

The grain eating birds that are flying low and fast in a direct route are usually going towards water. The birds flying in a general direction but flying from tree to tree are more likely to be returning from their water source. The reasoning is quite logical when you think about it. After these birds have got a belly full of water they are more sluggish, so they are more vulnerable to other animal hunting them as prey. So it is safer to go the shorter distances from tree to tree trying to remain in some sort of cover. The birds flying towards the water are more agile and can fly faster, keeping themselves safer. So they can fly in a more direct route.

As with all natural sign look for otherinformation to clarify what you have learned. In the meantime when you are

ut if they are going to or from water or doing some other task.

Have fun learning more about the outdoors and how you can work with it. As some martial artists say.”Bend like the willow don’t stand stead fast like the Oak” Work with nature, list and observe what it is showing you, don’t try and fight against it.

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Bite Sized Bushcraft

Bite Size Bushcraft

Bite Sized Bushcraft

You may have heard the question “How do you eat a mountain of ice cream?” Answer “One spoonful at a time.” Learning Bushcraft can be daunting. There is so much to learn, where do you start? How can you learn all this? The answer is “One Spoonful at a time.” That is manageable pieces, Bite Sized Bushcraft are small articles that give information about a topic. These might be something easy to practice or try by yourself or with your child, if you have a few minutes to spare, or it maybe something to lookout for whilst out on a walk. The first post is going to be some information that could help you find water. This is something you can practice any time any where. I find little things like this great to pointout to children when out on a walk. Alternatively you may ak the child or children to look out for a variety of things. Here are a few example of what I often use to keep children interested and enjoying walks.

Bite Size Bushcraft

Bite Size Bushcraft, Making outdoor activities fun and learning at the same time.

  • Indicators of a water source,
  • Something that would assist in natural navigation
  • Finding and identifying plants and trees.
  • Looking for and identifying plants, berries and roots that could be foraged for food or medicine.

By learning from these Bite Sized Bushcraft Posts you will learn More and learn it quicker. I hope you will also find ideas about how to incorporate it into outdoor activities with your children. Most important enjoy yourselves whilst you are outdoors and enjoy quality time with young people outdoors.

 

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Fun Survivalist Quiz-Which Famous Survivalist Are You Like

survival quiz

Fun Survivalist Quiz.

Which Famous Survivalist Are You Like.

Four Questions to find out who you are like? Water, Fire, Shelter and Lost are the scenarios you will be asked about. Have a few minutes fun. You may be surprised. Dont forget to share it with your friends. They may be surprised.

 

Bushcraft And Life, The Lessons Are The Same.

harrison Okene Under water survivor

Bushcraft And Life, The Lessons Are The Same.

Five incredible stories of human survival.

Bushcraft and life both provide challenges. It is good to teach children and even remember ourselves, Bushcraft and life, the lessons are the same. It has been shown time and time again, it isn’t the person with the best skills, it is there survival mindset and the decisions they make. These individuals have pushed the boundaries far beyond human expectations and lived to tell the tale. let’s begin with the awesome Steve Callaham. In 1982 Steve took part in a transatlantic race which started in England and ended in Antigua. Unfortunately Steve’s boat became mercy to the giant waves and he was out of the race. He fixed up his 20-foot homemade boat and decided to complete the race on his own. Reading these stories you will hopefully learn some Bushcraft and life skills.

Steve Callaham, Survivor of the Sea

On the 29th of January, Steve set out from the Canary Islands destined for the Caribbean. During the first week the sea was calm with a steady wind, food supplies were good and he was enjoying his solitude, surrounded by ocean.

After a week of ideal conditions the weather took a turn for the worse, the wind picked up and a storm was brewing.

steve callahan, survivor of the sea

steve callahan, survivor of the sea

Steve decided to sit it out till morning when suddenly a massive  noise ripped through the boat. To this day he does not know what it was, but believes it must have been a whale. The boat began to fill with water and he was going down.

He had to abandon ship or he would be pulled down into the depths of the ocean. He managed to inflate and board the emergency raft, but all his food supplies were still on the sinking boat. His survival instinct kicked in and he re-boarded the sinking boat to retrieve his supplies. All he managed to crack was a cabbage, a box of eggs and a tin of peanuts barely a day’s supply.

As morning grew Steve was lost, alone and had no way of getting help. He wrapped himself in his drenched sleeping bag causing his already sore salty skin to erupt with boils. His back, knees and arms were also covered with cuts and bruises. He had eight pints of water that was in his emergency raft and rationed himself to a Med floor every six hours.

Days passed and water supplies were low. Steve managed to create a makeshift a solar still, that produced a small amount of fresh water. However food was non-existent, apart from a few fish he managed to catch.

After two weeks adrift, he spotted a boat, after firing several flares he watched the boat disappear into the distance. 40 days in,it became a battle to maintain the raft, due to constant punctures. Steve was exhausted, he had no meat on his body and his cuts were infected and effecting his nerve endings, sending horrific pains all over his body. 76 days in and his body and mind was shutting down.

Fortunately, he had been throwing inedible fish guts overboard and a crowd of birds were following him. Miraculously a group of fishermen saw the birds from the distance and thinking they must be fish nearby set out to see what was going on. They found Steve and after 67 days at sea he had lost over a third of his body weight and it would take him six weeks before he could walk again. Steve Callaham was finally safe

Harrison Okene, A Survivor From Below The Sea.

In the early morning of May 26 2013 Harrison Okene had just gotten up. He was about to go into the bathroom when suddenly his ship was hit by what a spokesman later called a sudden ocean swell. Okene could only watch, helplessly, as his daily life turned upside down.

harrison Okene Under water survivor

harrison Okene Under water survivor

The tug boat capsized and plummeted a hundred feet below the surface, with him still inside, trapped in the dark abyss. With no one else in sight and wearing nothing but his boxers Okene waded through the ship’s corridors which was slowly filling with icy water.

He managed to locate a source of light some coca-cola and a few tools and he made it to a relatively safe corner of the sunken ship. He ended up bunking in a for for air pocket under the surface, holding back the water as best he could. He stacked mattresses as the cold water rose to keep dry.

To make things worse sharks and barracudas soon started roaming the ship’s interiors. He could hear them fighting for the remains of his shipmates in other rooms and swimming in the water just below him.

He had no food and the saltwater and the bumps from the accident were wearing his skin raw but miraculously the lethal cold water aided Okene by absorbing the deadly carbon dioxide he was breathing out. So CO2 never built up to toxic levels.

When recovery team was sent down they expected no survivors and Okene gave a diver the shock of a lifetime, As soon as he heard human sounds he announced his present by pounding the wall with a hammer. The divers fled and returned with backup.

After almost three days of desperately hoping praying and reminiscing about family and friends Okene was finally brought to the surface in a decompression chamber by salvage divers. He had no idea how much time had passed, but made a full recovery.

Joe Simpson And Simon Yates, Survivors On The Mountains.

In 1985 Joe Simpson and Simon Yates successfully climbed the Siula Grande a 2,000 foot mountain in the arms of Peru. Their ascent was a great success, they completed the mountain on time and the weather conditions were looking good. But this story of survival was during the descent.

Joe Simpson Mountain Survivor

Joe Simpson Mountain Survivor

They were both exhausted and decided to rest up for the night and continued the following morning. As morning rose things were already looking bad. Simon’s fingers had turned black from frostbite and their supplies had been used up.

They were both wrote their families and began climbing down a sheer section of ice. Suddenly, Joe slipped and was free-falling. He smashed into the base of a cliff and his tibia drove itself into his right knee joint. Somehow, Simon managed to drive his ice axe into the mountain to prevent them both from falling.

They were now nineteen thousand feet up and could not see each other. At either ends of the rope, Simon and Joe both knew they would not get down together. But, Joe knew Simon needed to cut the rope in order to save himself but he didn’t, he began slowly lowering Joe down the mountain.

He would descend a small distance and then lower Joe down, refusing to leave him behind. Suddenly, Joe began sliding down a mountain, fast. He shouted up to Simon, but he couldn’t be heard. He was now free falling in the air and came to a halt. Joe was now dangling 15 foot below the lip of a cliff, with over a hundred foot of darkness below him.

Simon was now hanging on with the full weight of Joe below him. Simon used his pen knife to cut the rope as he knew they were both dead he stayed there. Joe was now falling into the dark hole. He hit the ground and realized he wasn’t dead, but was sliding into an ice glacier.

He came to a stop and realized he had no food no way of letting Simon know he was alive and had a completely shattered right leg. He knew the only way out was if he slid further into the glacier, hoping to find an exit at the bottom of the mountain.

Joe promised himself there and then that he was going to get out alive and kept crawling down the glacier. When suddenly he’s seen a light at the balm. Finally, he reached it and was amazingly at the bottom of the mountain. He could see footprints in the snow which he knew were Simons. He crawled and crawled for hours following Simon’s footsteps back at base camp.

Simon was in his tent, when he heard howling outside. He went to look and could see Joe crawling towards him.

That feeling must have been absolutely incredible. They both returned home and recovered well knowing that if Simon hadn’t have cut the rope they both had died there and then.

Aron Ralston, Wilderness  Survivor.

In 2003 28 year-old Aron Ralston was cycling through a national park in Utah. He left his bike and began to hike the rest of his journey. Coming to a 65 foot drop, he decides to rappel down as he has come prepared with all his climbing gear. During the rappel he reaches a Ledge that has a large boulder below it, just nine feet from the canyon floor.

Aron knows he can reach the boulder then drop down onto the floor. He lowers himself onto the boulder and

bushcraft and life the lessons are the same

Aron Ralston Bushcraft and life

carefully grabs hold of it lowering himself down. Suddenly the bowler shifts and he immediately falls, he raises his right arm in an attempt to protect his head. He comes to a halt, utter silence fills the canyon and he feels a deep burning in his right arm.

The Boulder which he was standing on is now pinning his arm against the canyon face. The pain hits him like a lightning ball. But he knows he needs to act fast, while she is filled with adrenaline. He tried pulling his arm out with his left arm but it’s stuck. He only has 1 liter of water left and consumes 1/3 of it in one go.

Luckily his arm is not bleeding. he uses a tool on his penknife to try and chip away at the rock, but to no success as night falls and the temperature drops.

Aron is struggling, three days later he is still wet and he knows he will have to amputate his arm, in order to survive. He drives his pen knife into his forearm. But can’t cut the bone he gives up and accepts the fact he is going to die. He begins to hallucinate he carves the 30th of April into the rock, as he does not expect to last another day.

On day 6 Aron said he had an epiphany. He has an idea, if he can get enough tension on the bone he could snap it in two and then all he would need to do is cut the remaining flesh. Without any hesitation he yanks his right arm and hears a crack echo through the canyon. For the next hour Aaron cuts through his skin and tendons using a blunt penknife.

He comes to the nerves, he knows it’s going to get painful as just touching it with his penknife causes immense pain. He grits it and cuts through the nerves. He’s free, he somehow begins staggering across the desert, when he’s spotted by a family. A helicopter arrives and after 127 hours since the accident Aron is safe.

Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor. (Lone Survivor.)

In the summer of 2005, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his companions  Mike, Danny and Axe were dropped into the Hindu Kush of Central Afghanistan. Their duty was to carry out surveillance on a group of buildings used by the local Taliban commander. During their ascent up the mountain they stumbled across a small group of Afghan goat herders. Not knowing if they were local, civilians or Taliban, they decided to let them go. This was the mistake that changed their lives forever, they were Taliban and quickly reported the Seals to other Taliban members. A few hours

Marcus Luttrell survivor

Marcus Luttrell 3rd from Right

later the team entered a small area that had high grounds on three sides, a perfect location for the Taliban to attack. Moments later some 100 Taliban fighters were aiming down at the team with machine guns, assault rifles, RPGs and mortars.

All havoc began taking place, it was a hundred versus four and there was a sheer drop behind the team. They had no choice but to take the fall they all hit the ground hard. One soldier Danny, was shot twice. He heroically continued to fight, but was shot a third time in the throat and then the face. Four had become three. Thousands of bullets rained down on them. Mike took a shot in the chest and Axe in the head but they continued to fight.

Mike Murphy knew in order to call for support he needed to go out into the open and get a signal. He ran out into the open ground and called for support. He managed to call them, but he was shot dead moments later. Axe was now dying fast and after their two-hour firefight Marcus was on his own. Axe’s last words to him was “Stay alive.” and that’s exactly what he would do.

An RPG came crashing down on Marcus. He was knocked unconscious and blasted over the edge of a ravine. He woke up upside-down with a broken nose, broken shoulder and a broken back. An American Army Chinook helicopter flew overhead, this was Marcus’s ticket out of there. However, the helicopter was shot down by the Taliban getting all members on board.

Marcus was completely alone with no sign of backup. He could barely even crawl and the Taliban were hunting him. He was so thirsty that his tongue had stuck to the roof of his mouth.

A shot rang out, Marcus was hit in the leg by a Taliban sniper. The force knocked him back down the mountain, that he had been crawling up the past few hours. Three Taliban soldiers caught up with him, but he managed to shoot the one and throw a grenade at the other two. He continued to crawl for hours, when all of a sudden he could see three Afghan men looking down at him. He was prepared for his final stand, but these were not Taliban they were local civilians who helped Marcus. Against all the odds he decided to trust them. He was carried to a village where the local civilians had no time for the Taliban.

There was an American base camp 40 miles away, but Marcus knew he couldn’t make it there. Amazingly one of the locals volunteered to make the journey and alerted the American troops of Marcus’s whereabouts.

Marcus was rescued and returned home a hero. If it wasn’t for the kindness of those civilians and the heroic bravery of his team, Marcus would have surely died, that day.

Bushcraft And Life The Lessons Are The Same

That’s it! Five incredible survival stories. My heart goes out to all those heroes who have proven that anything is possible. When we are in a survival situation it isn’t always the tools we have, or even the survival, bushcraft skills we know. It is How we think and being strong. We all face challenges during our lives. They are often the same in relation to bushcraft and life. Whether it is mental strength, motivation, confidence, determination, the list goes on, you will find you need them and use them in situations you find in Bushcraft and life, the lessons are the same.

Bushcraft is a great way to teach children and adults these skills, whilst having fun, getting fresh air and learning about nature.

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Bushcraft Goals and Development

Bushcraft Goals

Bushcraft Goals and Development.

It is good to stop and reflect on what we are doing and have done. It is Essential to set new bushcraft goals, both as individuals and as a family in relation to Bushcraft. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

  • What have I/we done in the last year?
  • Did we achieve as much as We wanted?
  • Did I/we achieve our  bushcraft goals?
  • What goals are we going to set for the upcoming year?

Setting The right Bushcraft Goals Is Empowering

When we look at what we want to achieve with regards to bushcraft it is easy to set huge goals. This is okay as long-term goals, but you need achievable short-term goals. At some time we have all set ourselves goals that are not achievable, and we have failed. The results can leave us dis-empowered. We give up feeling we are not up to the task and are a failure. I know I have done this in the past. The important thing to do is say that was then I am here now, and I will get it right this time, moving on from here.

I have had to set and achieve goals in.

  • The police as an undercover police officer and other covert policing methods.
  • Practicing and teaching bushcraft skill
  • in many other areas of my life.

In addition to the practical experience, I have had the opportunity to study various areas of psychology to post graduate levels. Combining this has led me to look at how you can achieve your goals in bushcraft.

Basic Principle of Bushcraft Goal Setting

Bite sized Chunks.

One of my mentors in the police was known as the cliché king, he would use cliché after cliché. It would drive some people mad, but I still remember many of the lessons he taught me and use them today. I can hear him saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” or “Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey” On most  occasions he was right. Stopping and taking a step back will help you learn and/or achieve more in the long run. It is true when you look to plan what you want to learn and how quickly you will do it. Secondly, you don’t need to learn everything now, this very minute. Take your time and learn a little and often will mean you will master the finer points of what you want to learn. This is very true when you look to set your bushcraft goals regarding developing bushcraft skills.

When you choose a new bushcraft skill to learn or master an existing bushcraft skill you need to acknowledge that they are big tasks and you will not learn the best technique or learn to the highest standards if you try and do it all in one go. In fact there is a big chance you fail or become disillusioned with the subject you are looking at.

Child or Adult, we all need our Bushcraft Goals.

The same goes when you are looking at planning what Bushcraft skills you will teach children. Overload their brains and you will put them off learning, not just what at that moment but in other learning environments.

Bushcraft Goals

Bushcraft Goals

If you set large bushcraft goals with short time frames it can appear a daunting, impossible task and even the thought of trying can be off putting. So break it down into small steps. Every small step you make is a goal achieve and will give you a boost and be motivating. In no time at all you will have achieved a larger goal, to a higher standard. This is important when we work with children and young people. It teaches them how to succeed and how to motivate themselves whilst they are learning other skills.

Step By Step, Mouthful by Mouthfull

During the training to become an undercover officer we were told we had to achieve some tough goals and we were put under pressure. We were told at the beginning what the main goals were and if we fail, we were history and would never be allowed to apply again. This was done to mess with our heads, they didn’t want quitters they wanted to know when it got tough you wouldn’t give up or break down. The answer to how you achieved success was to keep going one small step at a time and you will be successful. I thought about quitting, but it wasn’t an option. I wanted to be part of the special ops department. Each little goal I passed each step I took, was one more step towards my goal. On day one it seemed a million miles away and unachievable. Many fail the course but when you speak to those that pass they are all very different people, but they will tell you they just kept on taking small steps, bite size chunks.

How do you eat a mountain? The answer One mouthful at a time.

Keep Bushcraft Goals achievable, not too high.

Although you need to set bushcraft goals that can be achieved, it is important that you challenge yourself, or any children you may work with. Challenge is what gives us the satisfaction and motivation to be successful and to continue on our journey. Being out of our comfort zone helps to keep us stimulated and alert. With young people this is just as important. There is nothing worse that having young people lose interest and have to get them, interested and motivated again.

Keep Balanced

It is all about balance. Not to high, but not too low. Starting with some simple tasks that are very easy to achieve will help give confidence and help grab attention and interest in a subject. But then start adding more challenging tasks. Challenging your self and/or others also helps in another area of bushcraft/survival skills. Dealing with stress can be a challenge for many people. By increasing the challenges, you give yourself or others will mean you are under stress which increases as the goals become more challenging. This is great, because if you need to use any of the skills in an emergency or survival situation you have learned to deal with stress in bite sized chunks. (I wonder if I am getting hungry as I type, I keep talking about bite sized chunks.)

Look at your bushcraft goals and the time scale you are setting yourself and break it down. For example, knot are something people love or hate. So setting six month to learn 26 knots may seem a lot but, re-frame that to be one knot a week, you will have focused on it one knot at a time and learned 26 knots to a good standard in six months.

Start with your weaknesses

Everyone enjoys doing things they are good at and that they enjoy. If we do not plan our bushcraft goals well we will end up doing things that are hard and we wont enjoy them. We can then end up in a position where we only concentrate on things we enjoy and are good at. There is not challenge and progress is limited.

Rather than start on a new subject list what are your weaknesses. From there you can look at how you can develop them. Doing small chunks of working on your weaknesses, whilst working on maintaining good standards of skills you already have. This gives you a mixture of easy enjoyable, maintaining skill level and Hard, learning new skills. This creates a balance that will maintain interest, enjoyment and motivation, whilst learning new skills.

Learn About The Journey, Not Just The Destination.

That may sound like a phrase from a Chinese fortune cookie. So lets look a little closely at what this means. One skill

Study the Journey not just the destination

Study the Journey not just the destination

that most frequently people want to learn is fire by friction. So they get a bow drill set and attempt to create an ember. That isn’t mastering a skill it is going through the motions of getting an ember. To be a master of fire by friction using a bow drill you need to break the process down into smaller parts,

  • Selecting materials,
  • making the bow drill kit,
  • being able to make an ember,
  • a tinder bundle turn the ember into a flame.

It could be argued that this could be taken further and to master this you also need to know how to build a fire that fits your purpose and maintain it.

So the destination is lighting a fire by friction using a bow drill. The journey to get you there is more complex and needs to be mastered fully to be able to have mastered friction fire using a bow drill.

Keep It Simple

This process needs to be identified in any area you decide to master any area of bushcraft. Breaking these areas down is helpful when you are planning your goals.

I would recommend that you do a plan for how you want to develop your skills and knowledge in specific areas of bushcraft.

  1. Decide what time you can allocate to learning, practicing and developing new and existing skills.
  2. List Skill you want to learn and develop
  3. Make two lists in order of priority. One new skill to learn, a second of skills to develop.
  4. Start at the top of each list. Write out the process you need to learn and become proficient at.
  5. When you have half a dozen on each list with a process highlighted put then into a plan of how you will work through these task.

Think S.M.A.R.T. When setting Bushcraft Goals.

When you are planning how you will plan your time to achieve these goals bear this SMART system.

Specific – Bite sized chunks to create the process needed to master specific skills

Measurable – Document what you want to do so you know if you are on course to achieve your goal

Achievable – Make sure you can achieve what you are planning in the time you can spare

Realistic – When you are planning make sure what you are planning is realistic. Can you really achieve that goal. Do you have access to tools, location, finances etc

Timescale – Set a timescale that you will be accountable to.

If you look at how you will set your goals for you or children in this way bearing in mind what we have said about bushcraft Goals, motivation, enjoyments etc. You will not only learn new skills and maintain skills you already have you will learn more, do it quicker and enjoy it.

All I would say is be the best you can be and have fun. Here is a final Cliché. If something is worth doing it is worth doing well.

What Areas Can I work on?

This is a question I am asked a lot especially relating to children. Here is an example of where I start when working with children. It could be a starting point for some adults. It is a matter of assessing the people you are working with or yourself

In relation to children I would suggest that a good starting point is Tools and how to use them.

Tools and How To use Them.

With many skills children want to learn relating to bushcraft there is a need to use tools. These can range from knives to a compass. It is important to start with basic safety and how to look after and maintain tools. This needs to be done in an age appropriate manner. As well as using tools safely it is important that children know how to look after the tools so that they don’t get damaged. This can be as simple as how to look after a compass. Do not drop it or bang it and do not put it near powerful magnets. Giving children a good grounding in tools they may see or use and how to handle them gives them a good knowledge for when they start to learn task specific skills. Plus, it teaches them respect for tools and how to deal with them if they come across them on the streets

I recently took a group of seven years olds and was teaching about knives. Showing them various knifes, I showed them how to safely pick a knife up and pass it to each other. One boy started to get quite upset, saying he wouldn’t touch the knives because they were too dangerous. After explaining knives aren’t dangerous it is bad handling that causes injury, he took a knife and passes the knife to another child. Weeks later he attended a bushcraft course and helped make some fire sticks, using a knife, under supervision.

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Structure = Speed and Fun

No matter how old you are, or whether you are looking at your development, or that of another person, taking a structured approach is a great idea. By taking a structured approach to reviewing and planning your development of your bushcraft skills, will do several things.

  1. Speed up learning
  2. Improve quality the skills you learn
  3. Help maintain current skills to a high standard
  4. Be much more enjoyable and you all will have more fun.

In the next article I will look at some areas to look at in the coming year. This will help you maintain your current skill level, learn more new skills and as I said, have more fun.

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Benefits of Bushcraft

Bushcraft words and images

Some Of The Benefits Of Bushcraft

The benefits of bushcraft are many. They impact on most areas of an individuals life and on that of groups.

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Improve Situational Awareness How To Improve It

Situational Awareness

Improve Situational Awareness How To Improve It.

It doesn’t need to be difficult to improve situational Awareness.

To improve situational awareness it doesn’t need to be difficult, that doesn’t mean there will be no hard work. Initially there are some simple rules you can set yourself. Such as

  • Don’t walk around looking at your feet, learn to keep your head up observing the area around you. Look Alert.
  • Don’t Use your mobile phone or have headphones on when out in busy areas/in public. Using them is an advert you have something useful to others and that you aren’t aware of what is going on around you.
  • Dress to your surroundings. We all like to look nice and wear nice clothes, but do you need to wear all your gold jewellery or expensive watch whilst shopping in the town center.
  • Plan what you are going to do when you are out. Know where you are going and what you will be doing. This seems obvious, but, when you are out look around and you will see people stopping and starting, walking backwards and forwards not really knowing what to do next.
Improve Situational Awareness

Improve Situational Awareness

These are four simple suggestions as you improve situational awareness you will create your own way of doing things that works and it becomes a natural way of doing thing. In the military and some police or emergency departments they are called Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P’s) To everyday people it is your way of doing things that you use every time.

Skills Needed To Improve Situational Awareness.

There are lots of ideas out there that are supposed to help improve situational awareness. The bottom line is it can just start to get over complicated. If you want to develop situational awareness for specialist purposes there are ways to do that. To keep you are your family safe, there are three areas to concentrate on.

  1. Observation.
  2. Memory
  3. Practice

In the rest of this article I will talk you through some simple exercises that you and your family can practice together. It is fun and can help you do more than improve situational awareness. They can help adults at work, and learning new skills and children will benefit in all areas of their education. so here goes.

Observation.

Observation is being aware of your surroundings. We are all doing it to some extent all the time. whether we are driving or walking. It keeps us safe. We have learned over time to let our brains filter out what we need to know. If we picked up every little sound or movement that went on around us we probably couldn’t cope with the sensory input, it would be sensory overload. So our brains have adapted and filter out what it thinks we need to know and we let it do this most of the time. Over time we have adapted to what could be called a safer world, we aren’t walking around wondering if a predator is hiding near by and will want to eat us for lunch. The bottom line is we have let our guard down. In reality there may not be predators out there that are going to have you or your family for lunch, but there are predators out there that will steal you wallet, cash, mobile phone, tablet etc, physically attack you, rape people or even terrorists who would like to see people dead. I don’t say that to scare people and hopefully most people will go through life without experiencing any of these things, some are also rarer than others.

One game that I have used and played with my daughter is a basic observation game. It can be especially good in the car. After I have seen something as we drove along I will then ask questions. e.g. what colour coat was the person walking to the bus stop wearing? What colour car did we just pass? what shop did we just pass? What was the registration number of the car we were just following? I am sure you get the idea and can think up many questions. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the car, sat in a Costa having coffee or walking through town. Doing this means you have to be observant to be able to ask the questions and the children have to be alert to answer. As I said I play this with my daughter, it wasn’t long before she caught on and decided to ask me questions as well. Be Prepared. Take a look at Our article on tracking and observational skills

Memory.

Memory is a great skill to develop because it helps you remember more things, but you also have to be aware of

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something to remember it. As an excercise to prove that people are not aware of there surroundings we had a random incident set up to happen in front of some new recruits during their first weeks of training. Our job was to go and try and get as much detail as possible from those witnesses. The differences in those statement were amazing. Some saw 2 people others 3 or even 4. Different coloured cars, hair colour even the time of day. These statements were only taken one hour after the event. There are two ways to start improving memory. The first of these is kims game You can find out more here along with a video.

The next method also helps playing Kims Game, word association. Learn to memerise lists of words by linking one object to the next. For example.

Monkey, Bubbles, knife, cow.

Imagine a monkey blowing big multi coloured bubbles out of its ears. As they floated away they burst and thousands of knifes fly out in all directions. They fly down hitting a herd of cows in the bottom, causing them to jump up mooing loudly.  The vivid and ludicrous story continues through the list. After playing kims game recently with a group of children, a child said they could only say one item. I went through the list like this and then he recalled all the items. The following week I surprised him by asking him to do this again. He repeated the list forwards and another child backwards without any practice or revision. Here are a couple of books I have used to help me remember various things.

   

Practice.

There is only one way that you will improve these skills. That is by practice, practice and more practice. The important thing to remember is to make it fun. Playing games whilst walking through town or in the car are fun and you will see just how much you miss out on when walking around. There are some serious, and some funny things that go on around us everyday. Just don’t get your smartphone out and start videoing everything. If you aren’t in the mood to play a game and you have two children set them tasks who is first to spot so many cars of a certain colour. Use you imagination. Tony Buzan who is the author of these two books I recommend has written a variety of books relating to memory, creativity and thinking. He gives good advice in an easy to read way.

Check out our other articles on Situational Awareness here. Situational Awareness, a priority

 

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Brereton Bushcraft For Kids Day

bushcraft for kids day jamboree

Bushcraft For Kids Day

bushcraft for kids day jamboree

bushcraft for kids day jamboree

We are pleased to announce that there will be a special Bushcraft for kids day to raise money to send some young people to the World Scouting Jamboree 2019 in USA.

A great Christmas gift for kids. get them outdoors learning new skills whilst building their confidence. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Book a place on the bushcraft for kids day, whilst there are still places available.

The day will introduce young people to essential bushcraft, survival skills. These will include water collection and purification, fire starting, shelter, cooking. The day aims to help young people learn new or develop skills they already have and to have fun.

Bushcraft For Kids Day Event Details

The Venue is Brereton Scout Hut, Brereton Park, Brereton Green CW11 1RY

It will run from 09.00hrs to 16.30hrs

Cost is £15

You can download a form here.

If you have any questions please contact me

Email nic @ bushcraft4kids.co.uk (Remove Spaces, it is like that to stop robots spamming me)

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