Was it me or was the festive season approaching at great speed I thought as I began my fourth week at Arthog Outreach. A bit of a mixed bag this week in terms of activities as I found myself involved with:
- Bushcraft sessions with Year Ones; and
- Centre Maintenance & Development.
Year 1 Bushcraft Sessions
This week I was to work with Year 1 on their space exploration theme and as ‘explorers’ we needed to practice our observational skills (looking for plants & animals), practice shelter making using a tarp and making a small scale debris shelter for ‘bushcraft bear’ and then making a fire to make a hot drink in the woods. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us we were able to work outside and all involved had a great time.
The more I work with this age group, the more I like it as their natural curiosity and interest can be quite infectious once channelled in the right direction.
Unfortunately, at the last minute my NICAS group cancelled due to the teacher’s strike and instead of being sent home for the day, I was asked to develop a series of bushcraft sessions, check over the bushcraft kit and advise on any new purchases and if time permitted plant a few trees (I planted 3o saplings).
Next week, I’ll be mainly be running indoor climbing as various students progress through the NICAS scheme and running a team building challenge.