Badger Bushcraft, founded by Phil Brown in 2008, offers high quality courses and bespoke training in basic and advanced bushcraft skills, wilderness survival training, primitive technology, nature based learning events, wild foods and foraging plus lots, lots more.
Our guidance and tuition caters for adults, families and children of all ages and abilities in the stunning countryside of Kent and the south east of England. We aslo offer a very well established and highly regarded educational workshops for schools which can be delivered either at one of our amazingly inspirational bushcraft sites or at a school's outdoor teaching area or in the classroom.
Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm. Phil’s experience as a practitioner of outdoor learning in the many guises that contain bushcraft also include having worked as both an instructor and an assessor on many NCFE industry recognised qualifications, in this role Phil has been privileged to have helped train, coach and assess many people that are now teaching bushcraft both in the UK and in Europe.
"The first European settlers in this country were ignorant of the ways of the wilderness. Some of them had been old campaigners in the civilized lands, but they did not know the resources of American forests, nor how to utilize them. The consequence was that many starved in a land of plenty." - Horace Kephart, Camping And Woodcraft
Our courses, corporate events, bespoke and one-on-one training are hosted in some truley stunning and inspiring locations and we have several beautiful sites for delivering a host of bushcraft, survival, wildwood, foraging and nature orientated activities. Our sites include our magnificent 100 acre Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland and wilderness site near Tenterden, our Kentish farm site in the "Darling Buds of May" countryside between Maidstone and Ashford and we also have access to a 118 acre broadleaf woodland and pasture site between Challock and Chilham off of the A252 Canterbury Road which is an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland in the Kent North Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Centrally located in the heart of Kent our sites offer easy access from both the continent, London, the surrounding counties of Sussex, Essex, Surrey and beyond.
Our clients include individuals and families that have wanted to reconnect to the landscape and our natural heritage with little or no knowledge of bushcraft skills through to experienced outdoor instructors and leaders, educational establishments, schools, colleges, clubs, youth clubs, adventure centres, societies, corporate clients, well known musicians, bands and international celebrities.
Bushcraft for children and bushcraft for schools has become a large part of our work and we are passionate about getting young people involved and engaged with outdoor learning.
Since 2008 we have been working in close partnership with Kent County Council supporting both in school projects, Extended Services, Study Support, Children's University, holiday workshops and also consulting in outdoor education. Over the years Badger Bushcraft has worked with many thousands of children and young people. In a four week period in 2011 we hosted school based workshops for over 700 children and young people and 2012 is already booked to set new record for us as we having a booking to run workshops for over 1,400 kids in September alone!
We have also worked on expeditions in temperate Europe and the challenging environments of Pacific Coast of the United States which included some interesting evening encounters with rattle snakes in the Mojave Desert!
Alongside our scheduled courses we also offer the opportunity to design your perfect and totally bespoke bushcraft, survival, primitive technology or nature based course including only elements and activities that are relevant, of interest and important to you. We also offer a unique Corporate Events & Team Building "Gourmet Bushcraft" event for business clients.
Over recent years mobile bushcraft has become exceptionally popular with some of our client base as we are also kitted out and prepared to come to you, so instead of travelling to one of our farm or woodland sites near our base in the heart of Kent we can pack one of our Land Rovers and travel to your site, school or location. This has proved to be exceptionally popular and for some clients extremely cost effective with the team working all over the UK. We also offer this mobile service for Bushcraft Parties.
What started off as Phil's personal blog with a mainly United Kingdom based following has developed a keen global readership with regular visitors from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Australia and Romania to name but a few!
We are passionate about what we do and how we do it with all aspects of our business embracing the philosophy that "the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra". The aim and focus of Badger Bushcraft is to tailor make unique learning experiences that are unrivalled and unforgettable, be that a morning, day or week long course.
Phil and the Badger Bushcraft Team are really "bringing learning to life".
Please contact Head Bushcraft Instructor Phil Brown for further information.
In this Badger Bushcraft Blog we are delighted to have guest author Liz Wakelin contributing with her experiences of the Frontier Stove made by our friends over at Camping Solutions UK. So without further ado I’ll pass you over to Liz with her article and fantastic pictures.
Over the coming months we will be testing and reporting back on the Badger Bushcraft Blog on Smartent sleeping system offering “Off Ground Technology” and featuring our comments on the Kit Tried And Tested Section.