Bushcraft For Kids Summer Adventure Challenge

Summer Adventure Challenge

Bushcraft For Kids Summer Adventure Challenge

Summer Adventure Challenge

Bushcraft For Kids Summer Adventure Challenge

Summer is here and our children are looking for adventure and Excitement, The Bushcraft For Kids Summer challenge will give children just that. There are some simple silly things to do like splashing in puddles or making mud pies through to adventures for children to do with there parents or a suitable adult. You can adapt the activities to incorporate other skills if you prefer, for example, star gazing can be used to introduce night time navigation. How to find North at night.

Sleeping under the stars is one activity in the Bushcraft for Kids Summer Adventure Challenge. I believe this is something all children should experienc with a parent. It can be a magical experience sleeping under the stars. If it is your first time or you have young children you might want to sleep in the garden. Then you are near the toilets and if there is a change in the weather you could make a hasty retreat indoors. I would always recommend retreating and waiting for a dry night because you dont want to put your child off camping out and have them miss out on the wonders this world has to offer.

All your child needs to do is complete the activity then right the date they achieved it. Please leave comments below and post pictures of your children having fun and completing the challenges. There will be some spot prizes for children in the UK . These will be chosen at random. To enter all you need to do is sign up for our newsletter the winners will be published in that. If your name appears all you need to do is send an email and claim your prize.

Download the challenge below.

 

Below is an additional challenge. Any parents can set it for their children or it can be used by Beaver and Cub groups to gain the Personal Challenge Award.

Additional Challenge.

At the end of the download sheets you will find a challenge for children to keep their bedroon tidy over the summer holidays. Under that is another challenge, with a picture with question marks on it. The challenge is blank. It is there for parents to set a personal challenge for their child. This should be a challenge that is individual to the child. It should offer a challenge but be realistic. The child needs to know exactly what the challenge is, any boundaries and that it is achievable.

These challenges are sufficient for beavers and cubs to achieve the Personal challenge award, but is also a fun way to address any challenges in a childs life.

A Song For Your Child

Here is a song for your Child

Here is a song for you child. Motivating young people is difficult at times, here is a song that shows

motivate your child, make them feel proud

motivate your child, make them feel proud

what we should be teaching our children. What have they done today to make them feel pround.

Bushcraft for kids isn’t just about teaching children some new skills. It believes we all can help our children through nature and appreciating the world around us. We all want the best for our children, helping them to realise that they should be proud of their actions and achievements.

Here is a song for your child that says it all. Then again it is good for us all no matter what our age is, to listen and ask what have we done today, to make us proud.

 

 

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Bushcraft, Nature and Manners

Bushcraft, Nature and Manners, Does It Really Matter?

You may read the title, “Bushcraft, Nature and Manners, Does It Really Matter?” and think it is not relevant and some parents believe it isn’t a necessity in society today at all. I couldn’t disagree more, not only is it relevant for children involved in bushcraft and nature it is also essential in everyday life for both young and old people. Personally I cant stand hearing older people call young people disrespectful and bad mannered one minute, yet treat the young with the same disrespect and bad manners they don’t like. We all need to show the people around us a certain amount of good manners, if not where will it all end. Probably with no one having any manners and respect for anyone and everyone fighting for what they want.

Nature and bushcraft in my opinion are things that we need to start teaching our children about at an early age. Not just so they can learn new skills and have fun, but so they learn to respect the world around them. I have seen children throwing litter on the floor snapping young trees or damaging the things nature as that animals and plants may find of use. If challenged they react in various ways, from shouting abuse the running away, looking as if you have landed recently from planet Mars or parents will step in saying they are doing no harm to anyone.

Children shouldn’t reach this point, if parents led by example and explained what harm can be done to our environment at an early age it would be a good start. However this is a wider problem children are often told by parents manners aren’t necessary, there is no need to say please or thank you. Ask people to take hats off indoors and parents will often think you got off the same bus the children earlier thought you had got off from Mars. Here are a few manners I was taught, I am sure you can think of many more.

Manners and Respect

  • Always say, please and thank you.
  • Don’t speak when other people are speaking.
  • Don’t wear hats indoors.
  • Don’t eat with your mouth full.
  • Saying pardon or excuse me at appropriate times.
  • Saying pardon when you don’t hear someone. Pardon seems to have translated in English to “What!”or “Eh!”
  • Holding doors open for people.
  • Giving up your seat for elderly people, pregnant women etc.

Using these manners doesn’t make you special or mean you should get special praise, it shows you respect other people and their position or situation. As children get older I have noticed those who had it instilled into them at an early age to show manners get along better in the work place and life in general. I like to think this is because they respect what is around them. People see it as a quality in people and is often rewarded with responsibilities not given to the ill mannered

manners and respect essential for all children

manners and respect essential for all children

disrespectful person.

The same goes for nature, people who are taught that manners and respect are important in life also learn to respect the world around them and are open to learn why we should respect nature and the world around us. It all starts with education. I spend a lot of time encouraging young people to understand why they should use manners and show respect. If they cant respect the person next to them I certainly wont trust them to learn to use tools such as knives.

Having manners is important for all ages and people of all parts of society.

The only way to teach them is by example. That is from parents, teachers, youth leaders and every one they meet in society. We all have a part to play in the future of our children and shouldn’t be too keen to criticise if we aren’t willing to live by the same standards.