FAQs about our bushcraft courses

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Where do you hold your courses?

We are located at Westwell, in Kent, with good access from the M20 and M2; we can pick you up from Charing railway station if you decide to catch the train.

We are also able to come to you to deliver our courses if you have access to woodland.

Can I pay  for a course in instalments?

Yes you can pay in instalments; we need a 25% non-refundable deposit and the balance paid at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the course.  If you’d like to do this, get in touch with us at info@jackravenbushcraft.co.uk.

What should I expect on one of your courses?

You should expect to have a good time, learn some things and have fun.  You aren’t taking part in an SAS selection course, you’re joining us to learn bushcraft; to do that effectively we have to ensure that you are warm, dry and well fed.

Try this blog post, written by a journalist who came on our 2 Day Course in 2014.  Gretta gives a fantastic insight into what you can expect.

Are there toilet facilities?

Our courses are based in the woods, so we don’t have running water or mains sewage.  But there is a covered composting toilet, so no digging holes!

What will I have to eat?

We are proud of the food we serve and are consistently praised for the quality of the meals we produce in the woods.   On a typical course, breakfast will be cereal or porridge with brioche and fruit one day, and bacon & egg rolls the next; lunch is generally a self service buffet of sandwiches, wraps, salad, fruit etc. and the evening meal is cooked on site, wholesome and filling.

On our wild food courses and 5 day bushcraft experience you will cook and eat game such as venison, rabbit, fish and pigeon.

Let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

What should I bring?

We will provide you with a list of what to bring; you are likely to have most of it already so this shouldn’t mean any extra cost.

Should I bring a tent?

Yes, many of our customers bring a tent; we strongly recommend that you only bring a small tent though, you will struggle to set up a big tent between the trees.  If you don’t have a tent, we have a couple of spares you can rent for a small fee, or alternatively, let us know in advance and we can put up a tarpaulin for you.

What if I don’t have some of the kit on the list?

We have some spare tents, roll mats and sleeping bags that we lend out.  Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

Can I bring my son/daughter?

Our Family Experiences are tailored especially for families; for the rest of our courses, you can bring a child aged 12 or over , with the exception of the Axe Workshop where the minimum age is 18.

How far do I have to carry my bags?

We will transport any bags, tents and chairs that you bring to our woodland camp in our 4×4.  You will only need to carry your things a very short distance.

Be aware, however, that this is not an invitation to bring excessive amounts of kit. There is a good chance that anything over a single rucksack, tent and chair will have to be carried by you.

You will be walked to the camp; it takes about 15 minutes at an easy pace. The last part is uphill.

What happens in bad weather?

We operate our courses in all weathers.  However, we have a yurt with a wood burning stove for the winter to make sure you are warm and dry, and a parachute over the teaching area.  The kettle is on the go the whole time so you can have a hot drink.

Bushcraft weekend experiences are described as 2 day duration but run from Friday to Sunday; why is that?

As an example, the arrival time for the 2 Day Bushcraft Experience is 6pm on the Friday evening, finishing up late Sunday afternoon, so 2 days tuition.  To describe this as a 3 day course would be disingenuous.

Can I bring alcohol?

No, we don’t allow alcohol.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but no.  We don’t allow pets due to the use of knives and axes etc.

How do you look after the woods?

Looking after the woods in which we run our courses is very important to us.  We have a moral and legal duty to ensure that we don’t have any negative impact.  The woodland is a finite resource and has to be carefully managed.

We place a strong emphasis on natural history, woodland management and conservation as we believe that this knowledge should inform everything we do in bushcraft. Preserving and enhancing the woodland in which we teach is factored into all of our activities.

We also limit the number of people coming through our woodland camp and keep course numbers low, usually a maximum of 8, lower on some of our courses.

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