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| 6 October 2020
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"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

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Christopher McCandless
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Here at the Bushcraft Company we pride ourselves on being able to adapt and believe that giving students the tools and techniques they need to be able to handle unexpected scenarios is the best way of creating resilient young people. Having just travelled through what can only be described as the most challenging 6 months that young people have faced during their lifetime, it’s so important for us to learn from some of the positives that have emerged!

During those early days of lockdown, many of us found the local parks and footpaths were a wash with families taking their ‘daily exercise’ as everyone began to recognize the benefits of getting outdoors, even just for an hour a day! I think it’s safe to say that we saw the positive impact it had on our children’s general wellbeing, as well as the adult’s too! The outdoors gives us a space to be free, a chance to explore and opportunity to remind ourselves of what we value most in life. It was a joy to see children taking walks in the woods, exploring their local parks, or even building dens in their garden… even the smallest of outside spaces were being appreciated more than ever!
Here at The Bushcraft Company we’re aware that not all children have regular access to outdoor spaces, and it’s our mission to make sure that every child has had a real outdoor experience before they leave school! As students return to the classroom, we want to help teachers bring the benefits of the outdoors to their pupils.

A recent report by ‘Learning Away’, as a part of their brilliant residentials campaign, highlighted the benefits of getting out of the classroom and into a new learning environment. It’s clear to see that even after just one short experience away with their peers the impact on student’s general wellbeing, confidence and engagement was noticeable!

“87% of secondary students stated that they felt more confident to try new things as a result of their residential experience.”

With an already busy curriculum we appreciate that adding a school trip or residential to the school year can be a huge challenge for teachers… that’s why on a Bushcraft Camp absolutely everything, from the moment you step of the coach, is taken care of by us!
We provide full pastoral care for the students 24 hours a day, as well as taking care of all the activities, cooking and mealtimes. This means that as a teacher you can split your day amongst all the groups and spend time some time getting to know each and every one of your students! Or even getting back to basics and taking part in the activities too!

So, step with us into the real outdoors and experience some of those benefits for yourself!