About your family bushcraft course
Modern living places unprecedented demands on parents and children alike. Discover this unique opportunity to share experiences with your family as you bask in the natural surroundings of our stunning ancient woodland.
Your family’s experience with Jack Raven Bushcraft will foster mutual respect, self learning, self confidence and strengthen bonds. You will leave us armed with new skills that we are positive you will want to pursue together. Be assured, your time with us will give you plenty of special moments that you will treasure forever.
We’ve put this course together for families with children under 18; if your children are over 18 we suggest that our adult courses will be more suitable.
What will we do?
Through a variety of carefully designed activities and games, your family will be shown, and given ample opportunity to practice, many of the skills taught on the ‘adult’ courses and might include:
- Different ways to create a flame, including matches, lighters, fire steels, wire wool and solar mirrors,
- Collecting materials and lighting a fire,
- Building shelters from branches, leaves and bracken that we find in the woodland,
- Making paracord bracelets,
- Campsite cookery,
- Safe use of knives and some simple carving,
- Tree and plant identification,
- Introduction to woodland wildlife, including some tracking games.
The cost for this course is based on £125 per adult and £75 per child.
The booking button below is configured for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (if your children are over 18 they need to pay the adult rate). If your family is different to this, get in touch and we can send a PayPal invoice or provide our bank details.
You can view dates for all of our courses here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 2 days
Start: 10am Saturday
End: 3pm Sunday
Course size: Maximum of 5 families
We will provide lunch on both days; you will need to provide your own evening meal and breakfast. We will ensure that tea, coffee, squash, biscuits etc. are available at our woodland camp. If you have specific dietary requirements, please get in touch with us at your earliest convenience so that we can make sure you are catered for.
Our Family Bushcraft Weekend courses are based on a working farm campsite with full use of the showers and loos; the bushcraft activities are carried out in the adjacent woodland. There is a short walk from the meeting point on the campsite to our woodland camp.
Campsite fees for Saturday night are included in your booking; if you want stay on the campsite for any additional nights, le us know and we’ll book you on.
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Originally posted on our Facebook page.Had such an enjoyable 'Family Weekend'. Gary, Bob and Nicola are very welcoming... and patient!! Our girls had a blast, it was absolutely worth every penny to see them in the great outdoors learning some new tricks and getting back to basics. Will definitely be back... Thanks again!!
Originally posted on our Facebook page.Great Family time away from busy every day life. My Daughter thought it was great, skills for life!
This was my first course with Gary, but I have already booked another which says more than any words I could write. Gary, Nicola and Bob are all nice people who have a real love and in depth experience of wild plants, bushcraft and outdoor living and a passion for sharing that with others. My son and I attended a Family Bushcraft weekend as a bit of father and son bonding time and in preparation for some wild camping we have planned for next year and we scored on both points. Lovely people, lovely and safe environment, lovely food (I especially loved the Ramsons) and great teaching. I will be back.
Originally posted on our Facebook page.
Thanks so much to Gary, Nicola and Bob for a thoroughly enjoyable family bushcraft weekend. The whole family learnt so much in a real chilled laid back atmosphere. We especially enjoyed trying to light dung.. Highly recommend Jack Raven Bushcraft to anybody looking to educate themselves in all aspects of Bushcraft. Let's not forget the food...The quality of food supplied was lovely. It's not always easy satisfying children where food is concerned but that certainly wasn't the case this weekend as the food was great.We can't wait to try out our Hazel bows again and we all love our uber cool paracord bracelets. All in all spot on weekend.
Yet another course completed, yet another course thoroughly enjoyed. My son, my better half and I all had such a great weekend along with some other lovely families, thanks to Gary, Nicola, Jason and willow. As always the food was outstanding, the refreshments were welcomed and the instruction,tuition and schedule of the whole course was exemplary, as was the patience of all involved. Well recommended.