I have been involved in teaching outdoor pursuits to Sea Cadets now for over 10 years, mainly focussed on land-based activities (though I’ve been known from time to time to get a toe or two wet in some sort of boating activities).
I am very keen to bring Bushcraft into the Adventurous Training part of the Sea Cadets. Camping is more than setting up your tent, getting your gas stove on for a brew and studying your map for the next day’s route. It is about these basics but to me it is also about having adventures and explorations where you have fun and learn at the same time.
So here is some evidence of fun and learning taken from recent Sea Cadet weekends.
Note the lovely path
Room for anymore
Making up Sisal tinder bundles (it's the Navy way)
First the instructors need to learn
Then the cadets
Oops, there goes the drill piece
They always get there when they work together
Even the young ones get in on the act
And don't give up when the flames go out
Kevin the master at work teaching
Well done Chris
One of Kevin's toys in action
After fires are lit it is time to cook
Back to the adults learning again
And taking it easy. Perry's first night out in a shelter (my boss)
All the instructors are taught how to use the Atl atl
Then the cadets have a bash
Stalking games are always a hit
Some serious knife safety lessons
Sometimes not so serious
Elbows on knees and the cadets have a go
Whimmy Diddle. One of Mors Kochanski's toys
Grass mat making for bed time
Not forgetting toasted marshmallows before bed
I hope you enjoyed the Sea Cadet tour?
My next posts will be about making a bone knife, followed by a bark sheath for it.