Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Bushcraft Fun

Good enough to sleep in!
 The woods at Penrose were a hive of activity and bonfire smoke last week during our very first family bushcraft event. To kick start the day everyone was split into teams for a den building competition using only natural materials found in the woods. Shelter from the weather had to be taken into account, as well as camouflage and a position for a camp fire.

After all that hungry work it was time to cook lunch on the roaring camp fire. Crumpets, sausages, bacon, baked beans and toast made up our woodland feast, all with a slight smokey, charred flavour! 

Marshmallows are best when they're gooey and slightly on fire!
 Everyone had a go at lighting their own camp fires after lunch. But first we had to collect the correct fire lighting materials including lots of small twigs to get the fire going. The children were delighted by the glowing coal-like King Alfred Cakes, also known as coal fungus, and the sparks generated by the fire steels. However, the most important equipment of the day had to be the box of matches and the newspaper- they never fail to get the fire started!

Nick demonstrating how not to light a fire

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