Approved by the Outdoor Education Unit at Kent County Council to provide bushcraft activities to schools and youth groups
What’s it about?
The benefits of outdoor activities are widely recognised by educationalists; if you’re a teacher or lecturer looking to add some outdoor living skills to the curriculum, we can help. We deliver bushcraft activities for schools and colleges, to children and young adults. We can work with you to develop a programme of bushcraft and survival activities from 1 to 5 days in duration and are able to host overnight stays.
We have an expedition style camp on the North Downs where you can visit us, or alternatively, we can visit you.
What will they do?
We can cover a multitude of topics, not limited to:
- Learning how to use and maintain tools such as knives, axes and saws,
- Responsibly lighting fires using materials found around us,
- Building shelters from natural and manmade materials,
- Finding, filtering and purifying water,
- Identifying trees & plants and understanding what they can be used for,
- Tracking and nature awareness,
- Carving implements such as butter knives, spatulas and spoons,
- Weaving bark,
- Making string from stinging nettles,
- Identifying, preparing and eating wild foods.
We’ll provide all the tools, equipment and materials for the activities we undertake.
Health & Safety
We are acutely aware of the well being and safety of participants and therefore we will :
- Carefully explain how to avoid accidents,
- Teach the participants how to use tools correctly,
- Give them lots of opportunities to practice activities safely,
- Give them the confidence to ‘have a go’ and ask for help when it’s needed.
We have site specific risk assessments in place as well as individual risk assessments for the activities we do. We are happy to send you a copy if you want to see them.
What facilities are available?
We’re based in an ancient woodland so our facilities are basic. We have a yurt with wood burning stove, a parachute for teaching under in the rain, a covered cooking area and a composting loo. We always have water available for washing and supply drinking water and squash. Take a look here to see some photos of our camp.
How much does it cost?
Costs will vary depending on a few factors, including the numbers attending, the duration of the bushcraft training, whether overnight stays are included, if you want us to cater, and if the session is a one off or part of an on going programme.
We find that we are able to provide an accurate price once we have had a brief chat to find out your requirements.
Please get in touch on 07553 763397 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We had a fantastic day - Gary was a very patient, authorative and knowledgable teacher. The children in Year 4/5 absolutely loved learning more about native species of woodland animals, shelter building and fire laying.
Next time I would allow more time to make sure the children get to enjoy their shelters for longer. We would also enjoy some outdoor cooking in the future. I would definitely recommend Gary as an instructor and Jack Raven as a company.
Thanks for a lovely day!
C. Russell and Kingfisher Class at Smeeth Community Primary School
I first attended the 5 day Bushcraft Course with Jack Raven Bushcraft in March 2013. I was apprehensive before the course as the weather was near freezing and I was wondering how I was going to keep warm in the woods. Having arrived at the site for the course I was astonished at how good it was. There is a great mix of wild living and some creature comforts. The facilities were great, most of the work was done under a parachute suspended under some trees used as a classroom but to keep warm in the evening we huddled into the hand made yurt for spoon carving or teaching about various bushcraft topics. The course was very well put together and on completion I felt well equipped to teach others in the basics of bushcraft and survival.
Since then I have been working with a group of young people aged between 14-16 encouraging them to get outdoors and engage in bushcraft and survival sessions. Some of these young people were enjoying it so much and getting so much from it I asked them if they would like to be young leaders at the bushcraft experiences we put on at St Marks College of which I am the Operations Co-ordinator and Mission Development Officer. The young people I asked jumped at the chance.
I got in touch with Gary again from Jack Raven Bushcraft and organised for the 8 young people to have a weekend in the woods. From the moment they arrived they felt welcomed by the atmosphere and surroundings. Gary, Nicola and their dog Willow were incredibly welcoming and able to make the young people at ease. The weekend had a great impact on all of the young people. The outgoing members of the group were found to be helping the not so confident members and the more timid of the group found huge achievement in achieving the goals set by Gary and the team. Whether it was lighting a fire, using a saw or being safe with a knife Gary and Nicola were very supportive and informative using their knowledge of the outdoors to inspire and challenge these young people into becoming more aware of their surroundings and gaining confidence learning new skills only available in this setting.
I was thoroughly impressed with Jack Raven Bushcraft and intend on building a course into every year of the training for the young people.
Sam La Roche
Operations Co-ordinator & Mission Development Officer, St Marks College