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Residential Courses

Residential multi-activity courses are our most popular and combine military-style adventure with bushcraft and adventure training in a variety of locations.

These programmes are designed with you as they are flexible in terms of the number of overnights and activities included.

A typical five-day programme (including one overnight residential) would comprise:

  • Day one: Morning activities will include uniform issue and ice-breaker activities followed by command tasks and the Challenge course in the afternoon
  • Day Two: Morning activities will include adventure training such as archery, followed by firelighting and bread making in the afternoon
  • Day Three: Watermanship day with raft building in the morning, followed by kayaking in the afternoon
  • Day Four and the residential: Morning activities will focus on navigation and orienteering exercises, shelter building and cooking in the afternoon, followed by night-time military-style exercises
  • Day Five: Early morning field exercises, followed by de-camp and clear up, before the awards ceremony with parents and friends.

Participants wear military-style uniform, eat rations and sleep in ex-army bell tents, or bashas, on the evening of the residential.

If you are looking for a purely bushcraft experience please see below. 

Residential Bushcraft Programmes

Set in stunning outdoor locations, our bell tents, parachutes and open fires set the scene for an exciting outdoor adventure which can comprise 24-hour, two-day, three-day or five-day residentials.

The emphasis on all our bushcraft programmes is on learning the skills needed to be as self-sufficient as possible, well-being in the outdoors and respecting the natural environment.

A typical three-day residential programme will comprise:

  • Day One: Morning activities will include firelighting, knot tying and building shelters. The afternoon will focus on finding & establishing sleeping areas, and foraging for fresh ingredients before cooking dinner over an open-fire
  • Day Two: Make breakfast before embarking on navigation exercises, briefing session on how to uses knives properly before wood carving. In the afternoon, participants will bake bread before making their dinner over an open fire. During the evening, they will undertake a night-time navigation exercise
  • Day three: Make breakfast early, decamp before target shooting. In the afternoon, there will be a bushcraft challenge testing skills learnt before the big clean up – leave no trace.

 Food: Meals are cooked and prepared by the participants under the watchful eyes of our trained camp chefs. There is a priority placed on using natural ingredients from the locations and cooking, preparing and eating all together around the campfire.

Typical menu

  • Breakfast: Bacon, sausage, beans and eggs.
  • Lunch: Ploughmans using bread the participants have made themselves.
  • Dinner: Chicken korma with nettle sag aloo, apple pie and custard.

Personal health and hygiene is a key consideration for us. All locations have port-a-loos and woodland showers are available on camps of a longer duration.

“Their bushcraft experience will leave them mentally tougher, with an enhanced belief in themselves, leading to a heightened optimism and motivation for the challenge of education in their secondary school environment.” Neil Andrews, Bushcraft Programme Manager

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"Outdoor learning is giving them back their childhood wonder and curiosity at new things, allowing them to experience the marvel of discovery and the learning that comes from taking risks"

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