WoodlandCPS Bushcraft School – Intermediate Bushcraft and Survival for Military

Our Intermediate Bushcraft & Survival Course for members of Military units:

Our WoodlandCPS Bushcraft Intermediate for Military is aimed at members of the military who wish to have their already filled to the brim toolbox’s topped up with new knowledge in Bushcraft and Survival. You will all be aware of your positions within your unit, but will those positions hold up if you become lost without every day amenities within a woodland location?

This course introduces Bushcraft and Survival to the Military unit, and is based on the four main principles of survival, fire, food, shelter and water. Throughout the 2 days you will learn how to build an emergency shelter, collect and purify your water, prepare your own food, and how to light a fire. But during the 2 days it could be just as easy to see one of the youngest members who can get the fire alight, or the highest-ranking NCO who does the cooking.

This two-day course takes place at the beautiful Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust site, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The course has to adapt to the ever-changing seasons, but below is a typical example of our Bushcraft Fundamentals Course.

From the meeting point following introductions we take the short walk into the mixed woodland. During this walk your instructor will be more than happy to point out both the present flora and fauna that has a direct part to play in the skills of Bushcraft and Survival.

Upon arrival at camp we will make ourselves comfortable underneath the parachute shelter and following the mandatory safety brief and a quick tour of the school, and then without delay you will be issued with and introduced to the Mora Pro Carbon C Bushcraft Knife the Laplander Folding Saw and the Light my Fire Swedish Fire Steel. You will be taught how to hold, pass and complete a number of basic cuts using the Mora knife and Laplander Saw all safely under the instruction of a qualified instructor. All actions practiced are completed with Survival in mind, “minimal effort providing maximum reward” (the management of calories…….).

Following a break for tea, coffee or juice we look at the next principle.

Fire, fire is one of the most enjoyable skills to master for anyone wishing to develop their Bushcraft and Survival skills and therefore after our walk in the woods your instructor will demonstrate the following: the selection of appropriate kindling and tinder, and then show you different methods of getting your fire lit, and maintaining it. You also have the opportunity to try out the different methods, with our instructor providing extra tuition and guidance as required.

Once your happy you will be sent into the woods to gather your own materials, for the opportunity to build and light your own fire using natural tinder’s, fuel and the Light My Fire Swedish Fire Steel.

We will break for lunch. Free tea, coffee, biscuits, juice and water will be available throughout the day.

You’ll find out quickly, when working in the outdoors a simple task takes much longer than in our modern comfortable lives, so we then get straight into looking at Bushcraft and Survival shelter construction specifically designed to provide protection from the elements we encounter in North Western Europe.

Dependent on the time of year and the ratio’s of light and dark you will either spend the night in the survival shelters you have built or deploy a tarp shelter as protection from the elements.

We finish the day in the comfort of either the parachute shelter or yurt (if extreme weather is present) looking at survival kits.

You will arise to the woodland dawn chorus on the second day hopefully following a very comfortable nights sleep, to the smell of fresh coffee and bacon cooking on the grill, once every one has eaten and refreshed them selves, we will get move straight on with obtaining new knowledge.

We continue and look at Trapping with the forefront of thought of “Risk V’s Reward”, and then you’ll, be given time to construct your very own trap.

Following the art of trapping we look at the animals we will be hoping to harvest, principally either Rabbit, Squirrel, Pigeon or Peasant, you will be shown ways to prepare the game in the field again following the principle of minimum effort, maximum reward (Protein and Salt….)

We will break for lunch (a one-pot stew using the meat we have harvested).

We spend the afternoon looking at the principles of water, we will talk and look at the knowledge required for where to look for and find water, how to safely collect it, and most important how to filter and purify your water making it safe to drink.

At the end of the day we walk out of the woods back to the cars, and on route the instructors continue to share their knowledge with you about the sustainable use of the resources that are available to you in this environment.

It is not our mission to turn you into a Military Family Robinson in a 2 day period but rather impart knowledge that is easy to remember, easy to practice and most importantly have fun whilst doing. And above all else take those lesson learnt and moments back to your unit.

 

Please help us to continue the amazing conservation projects carried out at the Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust Site, when booking this course 15% of your course cost is directly donated from WoodlandCPS Bushcraft School to the Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, a registered charity and a Non Profit Organisation.

Pricing

£200 per participant, min age 18

Information

Location:
WoodlandCPS Bushcraft School, Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust Wild Life Site, White House Farm, Hasketon, Nr Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6JP.

Duration:
2 Days + 1 Night

Start:
8:00am

Finish:
16.30pm

Course Size:
Maximum 12 (please note this 2 day course is for Military units minimum of 8 persons attending)

Catering:
Fully Catered (Please inform us at the time of booking of any food allergies or dietarty specifics)

Medical:
Please ensure you have adequate amounts of any medication you may be taking or may need to take due to environmental conditions.

Bushcraft/Survival Course – Advanced 5 Day’s for Military Units and Personnel

The WoodlandCPS 5 Day advanced Bushcraft/Survival Course is our most immersive course, this course is designed to place Military personnel into a North Western European woodland for 5 days and following three days of instruction the final day and night will be spent in a realistic survival situation. Our aim is to impart knowledge and skills that will allow you to much more enjoy the great outdoors and not have to worry about “what if we need to make a fire?”, “what if we run out of water?” and where’s my next meal coming from.

This course is not a full on military style course, but you will be very busy giving you the maximum experience of the basics of Bushcraft & Survival, in a fun and a safe run week.

This five-day, four-night course takes place on the beautiful Sinfield Nature Conservation estate in Suffolk, an award-winning charity with conservation at its heart.

The course has to adapt to the ever-changing seasons, but below is a typical example of our Bushcraft/Survival Week Course.

From the meeting point following introductions we take the Secret Meadows nature trail walk in to the woodland. During this walk your instructors will be more than happy to point out both the present flora and fauna that will have a direct part to play in your week ahead,

Upon arrival at camp we will make ourselves comfortable underneath the parachute shelter and will receive the mandatory safety brief and a quick tour of the school:

The Week will include the following:

  • You will be introduced to all the tools you’ll be using over the week including the Bushcraft Knife, Folding Saw, Bow Saw and Loppers.
  • You will learn many different methods of how to ignite a fire and use tinder’s that are both natural and man made.
  • You will be instructed in how to make a shelter good enough to sleep in, (“and yes you will be sleeping in one”….). Shelters will include both ones erected using man-made Tarps and Natural Debris Shelters (depending on the time of year).
  • You be informed of where best to erect your shelter, taking into account both environmental and geographical considerations.
  • You will be instructed in how to harvest water, filter it and most importantly how to purify it ensuring it is safe to drink.
  • During the week a lot of time will be spent in the ancient woodland, various trees and plants, will be introduced to you and their individual uses in Bushcraft and Survival explained.
  • You will learn how prepare simple game in the field including, Pigeon, Rabbit, Squirrel, Pheasant and Partridge (this is optional).
  • You will be taught how to craft tools for use in your camp.

By the Friday afternoon you will have greatly added to your personal knowledge of how to thrive in the great out doors, ensuring any time spent in the outdoors is both enhanced and enjoyed.

Our courses are designed to be a enjoyable experience, at no point during the week will you be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with, we are always on hand to offer help, advice and assistance.

During this week you will have a much greater time span to digest, practice, and become proficient in the knowledge being shared.

For the survival phase you will be working in pairs, to maintain the buddy system, you will have to build your shelter, collect enough firewood (NORMALLY GREATLY UNDERESTIMATED), forage for food, and find safe water to drink. Using your knife craft items capable of making your life more comfortable.

You will not be alone we will be with you at all times and on hand to assist as you require.

You will be rescued on the Friday morning and will be encouraged to eat a massive fry up…………

Thank you in advance

 

Please help us to continue the amazing conservation projects carried out at the Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust Site, when booking this course 15% of your course cost is directly donated from WoodlandCPS Bushcraft School to the Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, a registered charity and a Non Profit Organisation.

Pricing

£400 per person, min age 18

Information

Location:
WoodlandCPS Bushcraft School, Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust Wild Life Site, White House Farm, Hasketon, Nr Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6JP.

Duration:
5 Days, 4 Nights

Start:
Monday 09:00am

Finish:
Friday 13:00pm

Course Size:
Minimum 8, Maximum 12

Catering:
Fully Catered (Please inform us at the time of booking of any food allergies or dietary specifics)

Medical:
Please ensure you have adequate amounts of any medication you may be taking or may need to take due to environmental conditions.