The ‘Wolf Pack’ programme recognises that boys of a certain age need challenges, adventures, risks and role-models. Our programme facilitates a group of young men on a journey of discovery. Our aim is to make the most of what the natural world can offer with an exciting programme of meaningful activity that will develop skills, confidence and leadership potential.
Note this programme is aimed at teenagers (13+ yrs) however younger partcipants may be considered subject. Please contact us to enquire.
The adventure begins in the woods, travels the river by Canadian canoe, a walkabout on Dartmoor and visits the wild coastline. Our syllabus will include bushcraft, foraging, fishing, campcraft, nature awareness skills, hunting skills and a final Quest. There will be traditional stories told around the campfire, stargazing, games and focused dialogue, as well as just hanging out together in the peace and beauty of the wildwood, moor, beach and river valley.
We invite you to come and learn some new skills, expand your awareness, develop yourself, make new friends, tackle challenges, have some great fun, be surrounded by the power of nature, and maybe take an important step or two on the road towards manhood.
Participants will have the opportunity to get close to nature, to relax, grow up a bit, discover more about themselves, and be energised and inspired by some quality time out in the wilds of the Westcountry!
All food and equipment is provided on these events.
*The cost is £975 per boy however flexible payment options and some concessions may be available on request.
2020 - 5 journeys:
11-13 April – The Woods: Skills taught - woodcraft, bushcraft, firecraft, first aid
25-26 May - The River: Canoe journey – river fishing, foraging, nightpaddle
28-30 July – The Coast: Activities – seashore edibles, sea fishing, snorkelling
5-6 September – The Moor: An expedition into Dartmoor – navigation, campcraft
9-11 October – Finale in the Woods: A culmination event including a traditional sweathouse and medicine walk
Course Leaders - Columb Thompson & Sam Kouzarides
Wolf Pack is an adventurous outdoor program that requires a basic level of fitness. The venues are wild locations on Dartmoor, on/alongside the River Dart from Totnes and along the South Devon coastline, where in all cases there is no permanent infrastructure. We are very keen to hear from any participant who may be concerned about accessibility and/or the level of fitness required and would be happy to talk to them and/or parent to assess suitability.
Testamonials from previous WildWise Wolf Pack programmes:
"My son has loved this programme and all the leaders. He keeps telling me that he wishes it wasn't over. He has had so much fun on all the outdoor adventures and really enjoyed his time sleeping in hammocks, on the beach, making fire and spending whole weekends outside. But it has also given him a great opportunity and space for reflection and reconnecting with himself".
Annette, Wolf Pack 2019
"I would most definitely recommend this programme to others - a fantastic experience for your child, I consider my son very privileged to be blessed with such amazing accomplishments and memories"
Morwenna, Wolf Pack 2019
"I felt loved and cared for, every step of the way I also was treated very maturely and I was allowed to make my own decisions on multiple occasions "
"It has positively affected his self-esteem; he’s faced some challenges and become acquainted with his internal fire. When we picked him up he was literally radiant... I can still see that change in him... He already has a calmer, more centred and purposeful air about him... Chris has inspired [my son] and made a deep impression on him... The programme was pitched perfectly."
Sarah, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The course has taught him new learning points in his self both in terms of his own body image and in terms of learning what he is physically capable of. He has flourished as a young man under the wing of Chris. Feeling that he could share his innermost thoughts with the leaders and safely within the group is a new experience."
Shelley, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The exceptional holding and challenge created by Chris and the team will get your son through stronger and more balanced... The exceptionally high skill base and depth of experience was breathtaking and highly valuable to both me and [my son]."
Cat, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"The whole experience has been brilliant. [My son] has certainly been challenged and faced his fears. He’s learned skills, had adventures and been wonderfully supported through the whole thing. He’s grown in many ways... This is one of the few opportunities for boys to experience real challenge and adventure."
Janet, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2018
"A challenging and uplifting journey into the natural world that triggers significant inner growth in a young person, resulting in a noticeable step up in self-awareness, self-confidence and a tremendous feeling of well-being after each event. I am hugely grateful for the mentoring and support my son received during these events, a special rapport that encouraged the best from the boys. They all have some very special experiences and memories to carry with them."
Tania, Wildwise Wolf Pack 2017
Wolf Pack has been "the pinnacle of my life up to this moment." JoJo Oakes-Monger, Wolf Pack 2016
"Thank you so much for the last four days…he came back with such an amazing broad smile and he was full of positivity, bounce and gratitude. He thanked me for all these courses and said how much he is loving the Wolf Pack."
Karen, Wolf Pack 2013
How to book:
1. Email us here: please provide your contact details and how you would like to pay i.e. BACS or card
2. By phone: call 01803 868269 (message service when office unattended)
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