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May 26 @ 10:00 am - May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Survival Skills Saturday 26th/ Monday 28th May £35 Held at Miserden Park We will be ‘surviving’ in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We aim to live up to the description of the badge as ‘the ultimate challenge for Scouts” We are NOT based on a campsite, you will NOT be sleeping in tents (even during the training), there is NO running water, and NO flushing toilets! For these reasons, the minimum age is 12, and it is highly recommended that all applicants have camped under canvas with Scouts and had some experience of open fires before attending this weekend.
SURVIVAL SKILLS COURSES
1. Survival Skills Badge A challenging weekend including cooking natural food over open fires without pots and pans; building and sleeping in a bivouac; learning all about surviving in the great outdoors. Scouts must have camped under canvas with the scout section previously.
Minimum age 12
2. Survival Skills (Activity +) – For Scouts who have done our first course but are not yet 14.
This is a stage between the standard Scout and Explorer badges, giving you the chance to complete a few projects during your survival exercise.
3. Bushcraft & Survival (more experienced) – for Explorers (or Scouts over 14) who have already done our basic survival course. Learn new survivals skills, including setting up ‘home’ in the bush. Minimum age 14.
4. Advanced Survival (Explorer Survival Skills Badge) This time you will have reduced resources and need to take more initiative than for course 1 or 2. Participants will work with minimal equipment and will have the chance to practice previously learnt skills and gain new ones .Minimum age 14.
Courses 3 and 4 can be completed in any order as long as you have already completed course 1 and are over 14.
5. NABO This is a really advanced course on which you ‘survive’ with just the basics. If you have already completed the advanced courses and believe you can complete this ultimate challenge, please apply stating when you attended the courses and why you feel you are a suitable candidate. NB not every applicant is accepted – the course leaders have the final decision, bearing in mind the need for safety as well as adventure.
Look at our survival skills website for lots more info: http://scoutsurvival.co. uk/
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Survival Skills Weekend Booking-Form 18b
Our weekend in 2017:
This year saw the novice courses moving to a new site at Miserden Park nearer to Winstone. The team had a very hot day setting up on the Friday but by the time the Scouts arrived on Saturday morning the weather was changing. Saturday was spend with instruction sessions including fire lighting, backwoods cooking, safe use and care of knives (these were provided for the weekend), rescue signals and first aid. The Scouts were taken into the woods to chose sites to build shelters for their first night using tarps.
On Sunday they started their actual survival exercise: – the tarp shelters were replaced with natural bivvies, fires were lit, and all food was cooked over a wood fire. After a demonstration of rabbit skinning the Scouts skinned their own rabbits and were shown how to cook them using just cabbage leaves or green sticks (no foil here). Last minute reinforcements were made to their shelters as heavy rain was expected that night. As it grew dark they all retired to their bivvies carrying hurricane lamps. Most of them survived the rain during the night but a mess tent was available for any who got wet.
Monday proved to be very wet and without a doubt the Scouts earnt their badge.
The Activity + Course took Scouts to a higher standard teaching them more advanced skills under the leadership of Neil Hatton and his team. Including Cooking over open fires with pots, fire management, making Hobo stoves, Pitza’s, a Tarp camp, Knife skills, and Knot work.
The Advanced Course was still based at the original site at Jackbarrow Farm with Andy Sargeant and his team and only appeared for the closing ceremony (in pouring rain). We never saw those on the NABO ultimate survival course even then. It was great to see several leaders on these courses and to have so many Scouts and leaders from London helping again.