About The Bushcraft Challenge
WiseUp Team Building Bushcraft Challenge days can be specifically tailored to suit any age group. While demonstrating practical, hands on skills that improve dexterity, participants self-confidence increases while they build on their ability to assess risk and effectively manage it. Further developing social skills, students consider the responsibility they and their team mates have beyond the classroom about the benefits of sustainable lifestyles on their communities. They will also learn valuable and potentially life saving survival methods and techniques.
Primary School Bushcraft Video
Activities In The Bushcraft Challenge
Participants work in groups of up to 10 as they rotate around a number of different stations. These can include up to four of the following options:
- Water – Location, Filtration and Purification: We discuss where water can be found in any environment, from the obvious location to the obscure. Once found, ensuring water is clean enough for human consumption is the next step, and students will have the opportunity to build a suitable filter for purification.
- Shelter building: A key survival skill, participants get to plan, design and build their own shelters in this hands on session. Be it for themselves or small animals, they will have a set amount of time to use the resources provided to construct a shelter capable of withstanding the elements. Knot tying skills can be incorporated into more advanced sessions.
- Navigation: Depending on the age group, students will be guided through how to navigate using a combination of natural and man-made methods. Celestial navigation, plant tracking, maps, compasses and pacing are all techniques which can be taught.
- First Aid: From minor injuries to broken bones, we will design a session that is appropriate to the age and skill level of each group. Participants will learn and practise wound bandaging, spinal injury support, bone splinting, treatment of shock, hypothermia and heat illness. Additionally, evacuation techniques and stretcher building can be incorporated.
- Wood Whittling: Participants will be carving objects out of wood which they will be able to keep and take home with them. Pencils, jewellery, tent pegs, mallets and whistles are just some of the items they will be able to craft.
- Cordage: Using natural fibres, students will be taught how to create a range of different rope-like materials, which can then be used for jewellery, securing objects or as part of a wood whittling project such as a dream catcher.
- Tree, plant and animal Identification: Students will learn about the local flora and fauna through a combination of discussion and activities. With a focus on indigenous species, the various uses of each tree and plant (including which are edible or highly poisonous) will be included, as well as basic animal tracking and habitat identification.
- Fire Lighting: We start by discussing basic fire safety, principles and the science behind fire creation. Students will have the opportunity to observe and utilise a range of different fire lighting techniques and materials, both natural and man-made. Time allowing, once they get the hang of keeping their fire burning, participants will be able to experience the freedom of cooking over an open fire (food allergy dependant).