The Bushcraft Challenge



Per Person

Suitable For Year Groups

2 - 13

Team Building, Practical Skills, Outdoor Learning

The WiseUp Team Building Bushcraft Challenge activity day is specifically tailored to suit any age group. Demonstrating practical, hands on skills that improve dexterity helps student’s self-confidence to increase. Additionally, 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.

The Bushcraft Challenge Activity Day

Activities in The Bushcraft Challenge

Participants work in groups of up to 10-12 students as they rotate around a number of different stations. This full day activity can include up to three of the following options:


Including location, filtration and purification. Finding water in different environments is a challenge. Consequently, we look at the obvious locations 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. More advanced sessions include knot tying skills.


We guide students through how to navigate using a combination of natural and man-made methods. These sessions vary significantly between primary and secondary age groups. 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 practice 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.


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. Special emphasis is placed on indigenous species in the UK. The various uses of each tree and plant (such as which are edible or highly poisonous). Sessions also incorporate 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. Once they get the hang of keeping their fire burning, participants will be able to experience the freedom of cooking over an open fire if they have time (food allergy dependant).

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