Bushcraft is the art of thriving in the wilderness. It is understanding nature and ecology, weather, medicine and being aware of yourself and your surroundings.
We teach students core skills such as fire building, camp site selection, tool making and back country cooking. We also teach students how to stay warm outside, plant and animal identification, weather reading, wilderness navigation and wilderness medicine.
Our goal is to help our students develop a love for the outdoors and to be knowledgeable about the natural environment. Bushcraft has 5 levels that students can work towards during our courses. Ultimately the Bushcraft program is chipping away at skills leaving to the mastery of bushcraft level 5. This program has a focus on leadership and wilderness survival skills.
As with all of our courses, we integrate our activities into an academic curriculum that is guided by Ontario provincial standards. Students learn without realizing that they are learning and develop a sense of curiosity as they encounter complex problems. For instance we learn about distances and measurements through map work. We learn about tree identification while teaching fire building and shelter building. We learn about soil types through teaching tracking skills.
Students learn to work as a team to over come a variety of challenges, they spend their days outside, travelling through forests and over lakes, engaging with the natural world and themselves.
They ultimately learn to become a renaissance person of the natural world.
Bush Craft - Winter 2023
8 Week Winter Program
Thursday from 3:30-4:45pm
January 19th - March 9th, 2023
Available for students in Grade 3-6
Students are picked-up by our WILD School Bus directly from Beaver Valley Community School at 3:15pm and driven to WILD School for a 3:30pm arrival. The 8 week program is taught by Garrin Carter, our Bush Craft instructor at WILD School. At the end of the program, parent pick up is located at Blue Mountain WILD School at 4:45pm.