Bushcraft Award

The Bushcraft Award is specifically designed for young people aged 14+. It recognises the talents and achievements of young people and can help them to progress on to develop further skills and gain other qualifications.

Bushcraft offers an exciting way to connect with the natural world. Through practical hands-on activities, young people acquire the skills and confidence to enjoy spending time in Scotland’s outdoors. They also gain a greater awareness about the environment, their cultural origins, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The Award covers the following three key components in depth:

  • Outdoor Living Skills: bushcraft skills including fire, water, shelter and equipment.
  • Natural History: plant identification and use, identification of tracks and signs.
  • Craft: tool use and selection, craft items including cordage, carving and camp crafts.


Candidates do not require any previous bushcraft experience. During the Award, they will gain practical skills in the most important bushcraft skills. These skills are assessed and a small portfolio of supporting evidence is collated demonstrating how their knowledge has been developed. This can take the form of written work or be a record of verbal examination. After completion, successful candidates can progress on to the John Muir Conserve Award, or other outdoor learning qualifications.