So it’s been busy busy busy here!
I had my first bushcraft teaching session with some school children that have been removed from the main school system for various reasons.
I have been acting as a freelance member of staff for a adventure training company for about two months now and one day out of the blue they asked me to run a Bushcraft session, as they knew I am training to become an instructor when I leave the Armed Forces.
Great I thought, happy days!! What a great experience this is going to be.
When do you want me to do it I asked, oh we are picking up the lads in 20mins could you just throw something together!
So in a mild panic I raided my car boot and grabbed my bag, which luckily had a full set of bushy type things in it as I had only just got back from a trip and set off to pick up the boys.
When we got to the woods I set about teaching and what a buzz it was, I just loved it, passing on knowledge and watching these teenage kids engage with bushcraft was such a good feeling.
They set about setting up a tarp and hammock using knots which they had just learned and then gingerly test the hammock out to make sure it did not just slide to the floor was a joy to watch. They had a great time using team work and helping each other out which for theses lads is a big deal!
Next up was fire lighting and I showed them how to use a fire steel and showed them the best way to prep a fire. Then showed them how to make a feather stick, by the end of the fire prep lesson I had more good quality feather sticks than you could……. Well, shake a stick at!
So out came the bow drill and the best part of the day for me. I gave my lesson on how to light fire by friction and demoed how it should be done. Then I handed it over to the lads, one after one they all had a go and one after one they all got a good strong ember going, the look on their faces was priceless. They had learnt a new skill and archived there goal and what’s more experienced how fire can be made with with out man made items.
I am not sure who gained the most out of the session, them or me. I came away with a stronger resolve to make teaching bushcraft my living when I do leave the Forces. I had a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that I had passed on some knowledge and in a very small way passed on a little bit of the bushcraft bug to some troubled city kids, and the kids, well if I understand slang and street talk it was SICK BLOOD, PROPER GOOD MATE!!
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