Woodcraft Park Farm Bushcraft Camp held 4-6 October 2014

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

This was the first real bushcraft camp to be held in the newly created bushcraft area in the woods at our very own camp site at Lurgashall, West Sussex.

The camp brought together 33 members from Portsmouth, Knaphill, Waltham Abbey, Spelthorne and Walton Districts. All the children and leaders worked really well together and we all had a great time. We were also joined for meals, in the evening, and at the final circle by members of the Woodcraft Park Farm young volunteers group including Josi, the new volunteer from IFM-SEI who will be with us for the next year.

We had a busy programme of activities including fire building, lighting and cooking brunch in small groups, building bivvys, building a Romany Gipsy bender, erecting and dismantling sleeping pods (hammocks with tarp flysheets), whittling tent pegs from hazel branches, a night wide game called Spotlight, foraging for wild foods including mushrooms, berries and nuts, collecting leaves & seeds and identifying trees using reference books, all working together to strike camp and packing everything away, then finally some games during the final circle. In the little bit of spare time that was available during the camp the young people and leaders were able to enjoy riding on the new giant rope swing.

To quote Jan from Waltham Abbey: ‘It looked magical with the parachutes in the trees providing us with a kitchen and a dining area. A marvellous experience.’

Watch out for news of the next camp in 2014!