Teaching my first Bushcraft class

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  1. Scratchthejeepguy

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    I have 6 nieces and nephews. They range in age from about 7-14. about half boys and half girls. I also have 2 daughters myself. A few years ago, we created this thing called cousins camp. We'd have all the cousins over and do some fun activity. The first one was just come over, make forts with the couches, play hide and seek, watch a movie on the big screen,have a bonfire, etc... it was a great time.

    Two years ago we did it again, but this time I set up a somewhat elaborate treasure for everyone to do. They needed to use a metal detector, found clues that fit together like puzzle pieces, and it spanned over our 20 acres of hilly woods. The older kids and parents even tagged along. It was a big hit. I even made a video of it if you'd like to watch it!


    This year, I thought I'd do a simple Bushcraft class and am looking for input from you fine folk.

    Here's what I wrote up last night:


    SET UP COMPASS STICK (Thought I'd pound in a tall thin stick right away and mark the shadow, so in a couple hours, we can see an East to West line)

    Explain the meaning of Bushcraft versus camping.

    Explain what are the:
    5 C'S
    ⦁ Cut, Combustion, Container, Cover, Cordage

    Then go over:
    THE LAW OF 3'S
    ⦁ 3 weeks without food
    ⦁ 3 days without water
    ⦁ 3 hours without shelter

    Do a quick run down of some:
    GEAR IDENTIFICATION
    ⦁ KNIFE
    ⦁ MAP
    ⦁ HATCHET
    ⦁ AXE
    ⦁ SAW
    ⦁ COMPASS
    ⦁ TARP
    ⦁ CONTAINER
    ⦁ FIRESTEEL
    ⦁ CORDAGE
    ⦁ PACK
    ⦁ KNEEPAD

    Give them all a few feet of paracord and show them some basic:
    KNOTS
    ⦁ BOWLINE
    ⦁ FIGURE 8
    ⦁ TRUCKERS HITCH
    ⦁ CLOVE HITCH
    ⦁ SLIP KNOT

    Since building shelters take a lot of time and we're dealing with short attention spans, I thought I'd break out the ipad and show them some pics of different types, in different stages of completion of:
    SHELTERS
    ⦁ TENT
    ⦁ RIDGE LINE
    ⦁ TARP SHELTER
    ⦁ WIKIUP
    ⦁ DEBRIS SHELTER
    ⦁ SNOW CAVE
    ⦁ ?
    (We will be setting up a basic ridge line, tarp shelter though, to put some skills to use)

    Show them many ways to make:
    FIRE (probably cook some hot dogs at this point too)
    ⦁ TINDER (man made and natural)
    -Dryer lint
    -Plastic spoon
    -Birch bark
    -Fatwood
    -Feathersticks
    -Shavings
    ⦁ FEATHERSTICKS AND SHAVINGS
    ⦁ FIRESTEEL
    ⦁ SPLIT WOOD FIRE
    ⦁ TWIG FIRE
    ⦁ WOOD STOVE
    ⦁ STICK STOVE

    Give them some examples of:
    WATER
    ⦁ GRAPE VINE
    ⦁ SOLAR STILL
    ⦁ DEW COLLECTION
    ⦁ BOILING
    ⦁ COMMERCIAL PURIFIERS

    Go over some:
    SURVIVAL IDEAS
    ⦁ TELL SOMEONE
    ⦁ SIGNAL FIRES
    ⦁ DEBRIS SOS SIGNAL
    ⦁ USE OF COLOR

    For time, I'll have these pre-setup and explain to them how they were built:
    PROJECTS
    ⦁ SNARE
    ⦁ DEADFALLS
    ⦁ POT HOOK
    ⦁ TRIPOD
    ⦁ CHAIR
    ⦁ PSK
    ⦁ INSULATION BED
    ⦁ FIRE REFLECTOR
    ⦁ RAISED BED
    ⦁ FINDING THE NORTH STAR
    ⦁ STICK COMPASS (show the East to West line from earlier)


    We're also going to order a bunch of those Ozark Trail 18 oz SS cups from WalMart for 4.97 each and give them to the kids as their (possibly) first bushcraft item. I have a vinyl cutter and will personalize all of the cups a bit as well.

    Any other input or advice?
     
  2. central joe

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    You're a good man lad, you as well as them will enjoy it. joe
     
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    Sounds like a busy week! It's good to teach them in stages and show how the various skills work together
     
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    That was awesome! What a great adventure!
     
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    I'd worry about using vinyl on those steel cups, since they'll melt if used to cook with.

    Otherwise it sounds like a blast!
     
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    Yes, the vinyl will melt off if they cook with them, and even won't last long if they put them in a dishwasher, but it will never hurt the cup at all, and they will still be able to have a fun time with them, even if they only use them every once in a while to pour their soda in at home while watching cartoons.
     
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    Safe use of sharp things, first aid maybe build a small kit, use sand paper to sharpen popsicle sticks this is great practice for sharpening knifes. Have fun it’s a good thing to get kids outside
     
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