I’ve had quite a diverse four days working for my friends at Arthog Outreach providing bushcraft instruction, a themed walk and two sessions of canoeing at Simpsons Pool, with a cracking bunch of young people & staff.
Working on the school grounds, I provided three 2 hour bushcraft sessions based on the well known rule of 3’s for survival. We looked at making a shelter with tarps, basic fire lighting techniques, how to split wood and then used these techniques to light a fire and make hot chocolate.
Little Red Riding Hood Walk
This day was split morning and afternoon session and entailed a Little Red Riding Hood themed walk in the centre grounds. We followed the Little Red Riding Hoods trail, passed the woodcutters camp in the woods, had a hot chocolate in Grandma’s House and then crossed the stream so that the big bad wolf couldn’t find us. It was the best day ever according to the young people so a job very well done in my opinion.
Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
Both groups were extremely nervous about canoeing but all wanted to have a go. The boats were unloaded with ease and we were soon on the water playing lots of confidence games before lunch. With my first group, after lunch, I was able to throw in a few skills and by the end of the session all of the young people had gained some much confidence that they all tried stand up and paddling, which was really great to see.
With my second group, due to the weather, I unfortunately had to stopthe session early as one or two of the young people had quite cold hands. We returned to the centre, in good spirits, for a few team building challenges which were enjoyed by all and the cold hands from canoeing were quickly forgotten.