Zodiak said:Its easier for our section, I used to do scouts and under the new rules most of the camps I ran would not have been possible. My wife and I reglarly took away a troop of 20 for a weeks camp, nowdays we could only take 12.
Zodiac you are correct, it is harder these days, last year 26 Explorers from coast to coast along Hadrians wall, great fun. I do take groups of them on bush craft weekends at a wild wood near us, all seem to have fun, the leader bush craft weekends are best, (funny some smuggle alcohole in)
silvergirl said:just thought I'd stick my tupence worth in. I was out in the woods learning for myself when i was four. My daughter who is now four spent her first night sleeping out when she was 4months old. In the spring they go and find their own salad from the woods at the bottom of the garden and i've taken them mushroom hunting since my son was 2 ( he is very sensible though)
I have worked for many years as a countryside ranger and have run nature clubs for children from the age of 5 up. There has never been a topic that I felt couldn't be incorporated somewhere ( with parental permission).
I ran a survival camp looking at traditional woodcraft and foraging skills for 5-10year old a few years ago and they all loved it there was not on of them that did not keep there attention for the whole thing. The key is to give them some resposibility and keep them busy.
I also run a girlguide unit. All the guides are into firelighting, cooking on open fires and surrvival techniques. My only problem has been other guiders who have said things like, well we don't want to encourage them to play with knives do we! ( no we want to teach them to use them correctly!!)
Hope this helps.
Fire Ferret said:Getting kids used to the dark beyond the fire is important. no telling ghost stories
When i was 7 i was part of brownies and one of the things i enjoyed most was orienteering with map and compass, treasure hunts built around it added extra excitement, everyone loved it.
Love your rhyme about the different woods, never heard that one before.
While I've tried to explain to the acting head that teaching kids to make fire using a bowdrill does not 'invite arson' (!?) we still operate under a total knife/axe/fire ban. That hasn't yet stopped us having a go at bowdrills/firesteels/tinder etc., just without making an actual fire.