That sounds cool. :biggthumpPurpleHeath said:hi, i am new so hello to everyone!
i am 17 and when i was 6 i joined an youth group called woodcraft. this really just a bunch of hippys teaching their kids to get on with each other, but every 2 months of so the took everyone on a camping trip. these were usually quite short but we always camped next to a wood so all the kids could play and get use to the forest. we did not do any of the bushcraft skills that you would normally would like to be taught, but it was great fun! for many children these camps took away any fear of going camping without they parents. by the time the kids have been to a few weekend camps they are at home in the forest and routine of the camp, this was my first introduction to bushcraft.
Why do I get images of 'Swallows and Amazons' and a lot of very wet kids...):Moonraker said:You raise an crucial aspect of kids and the outdoors and that is the very opportunity to be outside and experience the freedom. Then sharing that with other kids is so important ( same for use oldies too I think ) In a way the chance to have unstructured time is as beneficial as organised events. Give the kids a box with loads of rope, a few tarps, containers, some string and you will see things happening right away
PurpleHeath said:when i was in woodcraft we had a game were you go out into the woods in pairs in a torch and you had to find reflective markers, great fun!!
Could have fooled me. Wading bird, long billed, nearly hunted to extinction...RovingArcher said:Sounds like a modern day version of our *snipe hunts* when I was a kid. Of course, there is no such a thing as a snipe
I think a lot of the problem is due to 2 things - 1: the destruction of habits and; 2: the fact that most people go through life cocooned in their own little bubble, be it the car, train, bus or just personal sphere of ignorance, and don't take their walkmans off or take their heads out of their paper/book, people just don't see things or if they don't just go "it's an LBJ" (little brown job) that things become 'extinct'.RovingArcher said:Interesting. Thanks for the heads up. Perhaps we were told they didn't exist because they had been hunted out at the time. Course, waiting till midnight, using the light of a full moon and armed with an old potatoe sack, we probably wouldn't have caught one anyways.
Nice sayings Toddy :biggthumpToddy said:*Hawthorn leaves, bread and cheese.*
The first leaves in early spring, rich in Vit. C, etc.
hence the association of the hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) with this name......"Unfortunately, just at this time
a flock of little birds flew by, from
bush to bush, searching for green
caterpillars and spiders. There
were several sorts of little birds,
twittering different songs.
The first one sang--"Who's bin
digging-up my nuts? Who's-been-
digging-up my nuts?"
And another sang--"Little bita
bread and-no-cheese! Little bit-a-