Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Sunday, 17 April 2011 12:26
This week we have been busy running the exceptionally popular Badger Bushcraft Family Learning Days for Maidstone Extended Services on our country farm site between Maidstone and Ashford in Kent.
Families came from far and wide including the following Kent primary schools:- Barming, Brunswick, Greenfields, Harrietsham, Headcorn, Hollingbourne, Hunton, Kingswood, Loose Infants, Madginford Park Infants, North Borough, Palace Wood, Senacre, Staplehurst, West Borough and Yalding.
The courses were delivered by Badger Bushcraft Head Instructor Phil Brown at our farm site in Egerton, Kent. We were also pleased to see George Bilcliffe who came along on the Monday to see what the Badger Bushcraft Family Learning Days were all about. Also in attendance on the Tuesday and Wednesday was our good friend John Battersby, who is a Bushcraft Instructor in his own right, who lent a hand on the Tuesday and delivered a first class Plant, Tree and Animal Identification Walk on the Wednesday. A big thank you to the above named for their help, support and professionalism!
The bushcraft and nature based activities included in the courses were:-
- Fire Craft
- Safe Fire Construction and Maintenance
- Plant and Tree Identification
- Small Mammal Feeding Signs
- Backwoods Cooking
- Examining Different Animal Skulls
- Nature Walk
- Atlatl - The Ancient Spear Throwers
Yet again it was really nice to see some “bushcraft professionals” coming back to see us once again – Kevin and Ryan are on their third course and I think Dana and Ned have attended our badger Bushcraft Family Learning Day Course a whopping 5 times now! It is always lovely to see old students and to see some of the skills we have shared with you have been well remembered and put to good use – very well done on the fire lighting Ryan and Ned!
We have uploaded all of the pictures to our photobucket account, links below:-
A selection of pictures from the bushcraft courses are featured below:-
Thanks also for your comments about the courses! It is always a pleasure to work with families and something we look forward to and it is most satisfying when we receive all of your feedback, some of which is we have included below:-
"A unique and very enjoyable day"
"Fantastic day can't wait to come again, best day so far this year. Thank you so much"
"I hope funding continues for activities such as this! Such a fun day out in the fresh air. Our children need more activities like this."
"Great day, well run and very informative"
"A fantastic day that both my son and I really enjoyed - especially finding the animal bones and learning how to make a fire!"
"It has been a thoroughly enjoyable and well organized day"
"An enjoyable and very informative day, we were looked after very well. Learnt a lot about different plants and trees and their uses"
"A really fab day - please don't stop them!"
"I totally enjoyed today's festivities pointing out plants that are poisinous or beneficial. Very friendly and hospitable"
"Brilliant day - should be part of the school curriculum"
"Really fantastic experience that all school children should attend"
We also enjoyed ourselves and found the week most rewarding on a host of levels and we hope to see you all again soon.
Phil and Inca
PS – If you were on any of these courses you can leave comments at the bottom of this page after logging in at the bottom left, it only takes a minute, is really easy and we would love to hear from you!