forest rangers camp for kids 2022
This event is now full. Please email us to go on a cancellations list.
Based on a highly successful blend of nature awareness, bushcraft and storytelling, these programmes make the most of a young person’s love of and curiosity for the natural world. The aim is to empower the children with new skills, to deepen their relationship to nature and breed a new confidence to continue to discover it for themselves. Most of all, this programme aims to deliver a hugely enjoyable experience to all.
Bushcraft is the art and science of living from the land. It demands that we open all of our senses to pay the closest attention to the world around us. The activities may include fire by friction, shelter building, woodcraft, plants for food/resources and natural cordage.
Nature awareness is the study of wildlife and the practice of getting really close to it. Using a combination of fieldcraft skills we’ll study tracks and signs, explore sensory awareness activities, and use the dawn and the night to locate and observe wildlife.
Storytelling - traditional tales with a wildlife theme, told to the children around the campfire help to make sense of both the experience of the programme and the natural world around them.
Cost: £235 per head all-inclusive. WildWise provides all food, tents and field equipment.
Outcomes - These programmes require the children to respond to a demanding (and enjoyable) sequence of tasks in an unfamiliar setting. The likely outcomes from participating in such a dynamic interaction with the natural world are an increased enthusiasm, energy and motivation. Most importantly of all, the course is designed to give the children a really exciting and meaningful time together in nature! The activities can have a positive impact in the following areas:
Organisation, Integrity, Planning, Teamwork, Observation, Problem-solving, Tenacity, Awareness, Communication, Responsibility, Attitude and Leadership
PLEASE NOTE: to ensure the children get the most from this experience and can really enjoy time spent in nature we ask that all phones, electronic gadgets and other devices are left at home
Our camp takes place in beautiful and secluded private woodland, full of wildlife. We have no permanent infrastructure here so the duration of the camp will very much be spent in the open air. We do however have plenty of weather-proof sheltered areas for if it rains! For ‘bathroom’ facilities, we have a compost toilet, and a wonderful woodland shower facility.
Elena Harris & Kael Atterton plus support staff
Elena was the co-founder of Wildlings; an outdoor based home education setting in the Chilterns. She participated in WildWise’s outdoor leadership programme Call of the Wild 2017, and since then continued to train and volunteer with WildWise until being given an instructor position in 2020. She is a qualified level 3 Forest School leader and has also trained in bushcraft with Ray Mears’ company Woodlore. She home educated her 2 children focusing on nature connection, consent-based education and NVC resolution. She is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, indigenous knowledge and nature-based practices and crafts.
Testimonials from previous camps:
“Just to say a proper thank you to you all for last week. My daughter is still elated from such a wonderful experience, simply wonderful. Thank you.”
“I just wanted to write and thank you and the team for the wonderful camp and experience that my son had last week. He came back so positive, healthy and clearly having had a great fun time. It was an amazing place to hold such a special event and I was extremely impressed with the team and their clear commitment to seeing the potential in every child and making each one of them enjoy themselves. Many thanks again – he will cherish these memories for a long time!”
“I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation for the absolutely wonderful experience which you all facilitated for the Wild Ones group this last week. My son came away inspired, enriched and empowered from the experience in a very deep way. As soon as I stepped into the camp and met you all I could tell what a great privilege it was going to be for these boys to be alongside such warm, skilful and fine people as yourselves. With heartfelt thanks.”
“Many thanks for the wonderful camp last week - my kids loved every minute and are desperate to come again next year!”
“To hear my children talk about all that they discovered, to see the life in their eyes as they relive their experience and to notice the depth of feeling is to know that I have given them something as a parent to treasure forever.”
"What you created with the team was really special. Everything I hoped for and we couldn't have wished for a better first camp experience for our daughter. She is desperate to return next year." Parent, Forest Rangers Camp
Cancellations: No refunds or credits for client cancellations <28 days of event. Please see our terms & conditions for full details.
We take the safety of our clients and staff very seriously and are taking appropriate precautions to ensure we operate within the government guidelines.
This event is full so please email us to enquire about the waiting list. If we can offer a place you will be able to pay a £75 deposit or £235 fees in full by BACS or card over the phone.