We begin by covering a few central points of survival skills, giving you the basics such as how to find FIRE, WATER, SHELTER and FOOD in any situation. A series of real-world disaster scenarios then test your knowledge and responses and evaluate the pros and cons of different survival tactics. By working in groups, learn to bring your ideas together to meet your basic needs and requirements. You will cover Survival Planning Framework and coping strategies, Problem Solving, Debating Skills, Principles of Survival, Shelter Building, Where and how to get water, Where and how to get food.
Next, build your practical skills with our experienced bushcraft leaders, who will show you different techniques covering fire-making, the use of knives and tools, how to select fuel sources, different shelter building types and survival navigation. Not afraid to get stuck in, they also demonstrate how to dispatch and prepare common prey (chickens, rabbits and fish) for cooking. By giving you the chance to try these techniques yourself, we will soon have you feeling confident even alone in the wilderness.
By exploring these techniques and their background your survival skills will flourish, moving on to intermediate skills such as fishing basics: Where and how to fish and use of nets. Then highly useful fire making and its history, the identification, selection and usage of fuels, grading and sizing of sources, ways of attracting attention and getting rescued. Finally caching items of equipment and meeting with simulated agents from whom you may collect information or supplies.
As a trial of your learning, we put groups out into an immersive 18 hour survival scenario, where you will be faced with a series of challenges to overcome using the skills you have gained. Nothing gets closer to the real thing – lost in a remote gorge valley location, covered by densely vegetated deciduous trees, your drive and instincts will be put to the test. Although this is a demanding week, rest assured that our expert leaders will have you under their care the whole way and make sure that everyone comes out feeling inspired and motivated.
Each of our residentials feature a friendly arrivals, introductions and team-building session to help you settle in and get to know the group. At the end of the week, one-to-one evaluations, reflections and summary session allow you to see everything you’ve gained and plan your next adventures.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the DofE Gold Award, our residentials can also qualify you for a John Muir Award by giving you the chance to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. With many wild places to discover in our immediate vicinity, this award involves spending some time exploring a natural area, contributing to its conservation and sharing your experience through a medium of your choice. This will require some light group work ongoing throughout the week, involving conservation such as community maintenance, a litter-pick or some other action which gives back to the local area.
Feel free to call our Team on any of the numbers which you prefer:
Sheffield – 0114 268 6669
London – 0203 169 8010
Edinburgh – 0131 540 8010