Wilderness Living Skills
Wild things! run bushcraft and wilderness living skills courses for 12 to 18 year olds. Courses run from a taster day to five-day expeditions in the Scottish Highlands.
“These pupils have probably not experienced anything else in life as spectacular as this week’s activities…It will be a highlight of my long teaching career”
All these courses provide the opportunity to take part in all stages of the John Muir Award scheme. During the courses some of the skills taught are:
- Primitive fire making techniques
- Identifying Wild foods and Medicinal plants- woodland and coastal
- Shelter Building
- Safe use of cutting tools
- Carving techniques
- Making vessels for eating and harvesting such as bowls, plates and baskets
- Navigation by the stars
- Animal tracks and signs
- How to camp leaving no trace and how to enhance the natural landscape through which you have been traveling.
- Advanced courses include basic canoeing and mountaineering skills
And much more! As a result of fundraising and the generosity of grant-giving bodies and charitable trusts, we can sometimes offer our courses at heavily subsidised rates for groups from Learning Support Units or social work referrals.