Park Farm May Bushcraft Camp

Saturday, 22 February 2020

 Bushcraft Camp @Woodcraft Park Farm 7–10 May 2020

Open to all Woodcraft Folk groups, including Elfins, Pioneers, Venturers and DFs,

This extended week-end camp this time is open to Elfins as well as Pioneers, Venturers & DF’s and participation will be limited so get in quickly, the maximum ratio of children to adults will be 5 to 1. An advance working party of leaders will arrive on site Thursday morning and if you can join us during the day we would really appreciate the help.  Bookings will be taken on a strictly first come first served basis. Groups are invited to arrive on site on the Thursday evening but if it is easier for some to arrive on the Friday morning we can accommodate that.

The camp will be held at our very own Woodcraft Park Farm, in Lurgashall, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9EU.

We will camp in tents on the edge of the woods and will take part in bushcraft activities in the new bushcraft area within the woods adjacent to the camp.

Activities Could Include:-

Native American Games – traditional games designed to help enhance our young people’s senses.                             Exploring the local Natural Environment – learning through nature treasure hunts etc.                   

Woodcraft Folk – whittling small personal items like tent pegs, spreaders, forks, spoons, whistles, elder bracelets and necklaces.  Using shave horses for shaping greenwood items. Making larger items for the cooking and communal area like roll top tables for food preparation, serving & washing up, seats for sitting around the fire and tripods, billy hangers and galley racks for cooking over open fire.                                                                                                 

Fire Lighting – collecting correct materials for tinder, kindling and burning wood.  Choosing the best type of open fires for small group and large communal cooking.                                                      

Cooking – how to cook over open fires, healthy eating, camp hygiene, foraging for and preparing wild food.     

Biviing - erecting bivouacs and hammocks, constructing benders, arcs and dens to sleep in the wild.                                                                                                                                                                                

If any groups have further activity ideas please let us know.

Safety training, instruction and rules will be given before any children are allowed to practice any of the higher risk activities, like using knives, axes, saws and drills.  We have full risk assessment documents, which will be circulated to participating leaders. If any parents would like to join us for this camp they are very welcome, as long as they realize they are there to help all children and not just their own. All adult camp participants will need to be in possession of a current Woodcraft Folk DBS and membership.

The cost of this camp is £32 per person, with 3 for the price of 2 for family groups.

The Booking Form is attached, Essential Equipment Lists and Consent Forms will be sent out later.  If your district is interested in joining this event please send a completed booking form asap, together with your full payment to Dick Tyte, 11 Fairfax Close, Walton on Thames, KT12 2AJ. If you prefer to pay by by inter bank transfer, our account details are at the foot of the booking form.

The closing date for bookings is 18 April 2020 and no late applications or payments will be accepted.  


 If you have any questions or need further information, please get in touch. 

Dick Tyte (Walton-on-Thames District),   01932 231684,  07504 643952            Jan Harker (Waltham Abbey District)  07903 720991                             Sally Tyte (Walton on Thames District)  07971 900225