Our annual Bushcraft Camp was a roaring success again! We spent nearly the whole weekend around the campfire, preparing and cooking our food.
As usual, the cubs really relished getting hands on with everything. They collected wood for the fire with instructions to choose 3 different sizes so we could easily light a fire and keep it going. We did a session on first aid and had some fun with fake wounds and blood! The cubs loved the fake stuff but also certainly appreciated the more serious aspects of what to do in an emergency. We did some pioneering too and built a deckchair for Mr Snaffles, our mascot, to lounge around in!
Last year we tried making a camp oven with a cardboard box and foil to make pizza but unfortunately it caught light super-quickly and we lost the pizza to the flames. This year we made a few modifications and the pizzas we cooked as a kind of starter were amazing! For our dinner we made mince parcels with vegetables using foil with a camp banoffee pie (banana, Mars Bar and crushed digestive biscuit) for afters. There was hardly any washing up to do which is one of the great things about this kind of camp!
To prepare for breakfast we went deep into the woods looking for hazel which is ideal for cooking with because it is straight. We cut enough for everyone and the cubs were shown how to use a bushcraft knife safely to prepare the sticks #SkillsForLife; this is something they particularly enjoyed doing. Using the sticks we cooked sausages and bacon for our breakfast and cooked burgers on the fire for lunch.
Some dads came along on camp to help us for during weekend; it makes such a difference to how we can run these events and activities for the cubs; so a big thank you goes to Mike, Scott, Rob and Toby, we really appreciate your help and support!
Lastly, we said goodbye to Joseph; this was his last event with cubs as he and his family have moved to Australia but he was determined to attend this camp before they went! We will miss them very much but look forward to keeping up to date with their adventures Down Under!
So another successful and fun-filled, skill-filled camp has been thoroughly enjoyed by 1st Knaphill Cubs, you were brilliant; bring on the next one!
Report & photos by Alex Cooke