Basic Bushcraft Day for Section Leaders

This course is focused at Section Leaders on how to share some really useful outdoor practical skills with their young people.

SUITABILITY: Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Section Leaders

SESSION: 9.00am – 4.30pm

LOCATION: Padworth, Berkshire Area (this will be emailed to you when you book)


Course Detail

This course is focused at Section Leaders on how to share some really useful outdoor practical skills with their young people.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to:

Learn how to build simple man made shelters,

Lean how to process firewood for keeping warm or cooking over.

Learn how to light a fire using primitive as well as modern methods including some simple fun items to cook over your fire.

Learn how to use a fixed bladed knife safely by constructing some useful items that you will be allowed to take home with you.

Finally learn some really useful knots to help you run a fun section activity

We will provide a Vegetarian Buffet Lunch with an option of hot /cold snacks depending on the season, Tea, Coffee and Squash will be available at set times during the day to keep you hydrated, the site has flushing toilets and hot running water too.

The afternoon session will comprise of: various man made shelter set ups; using some of the items you made in the morning, useful knots and easy ways to remember them, Tool maintenance / sharpening skills.

The afternoon will also consist of camp hygiene and some basic open fire cooking skills.

The day will close with your very own certificate of attendance and hopefully make new friends with the other members.

Additional Information

The cost is subsidised.

Min age limit of 10yrs for any person to do knife skills.

Please bring with you a mug and a drinks bottle (not glass).

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable foot wear for outdoors.


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Participant #1


It was a great day. Thanks so much. We learnt loads, and has such fun doing it.
Owen Dearing


I’d thoroughly recommend the basic bushcraft day at Padworth hut. Fun day, plenty of skills learned to give you ideas for sessions, and good team building for leaders! Thanks to Cathryn, Vince and Richard.
Ben Ash


Absolutely agree Ben.. a really great day, new skills and loads of tips on engaging and explaining things to our young people!
Sheena Cartwright


It was our first ‘face to face’ Group activity for nearly two years and the comments, photos and enjoyment/smiles/fun on the faces of the young people – made it all worthwhile. In fact, the opportunity for Leaders to enjoy working together again was not something I had particularly planned or expected – but was a significant bonus!

And this was all, in a major way, due to the activities (organisation, planning, preparation and delivery) provided by Small Fire, Big Adventure. This made a huge difference to the diversity of activities that we could provide – I could not have sourced, planned or even ‘manned’ that range of things to do.

It’s not particularly relevant, but as I also ‘technically’ stood down as GSL (still got plenty of paperwork and things to finish off!) on Sunday, I feel that I have ‘gone out on a high’!!

So once again, thank you for everything that made Sunday such a positive and successful day!

Suzanne Stout (Group Scout Leader for Purley & Pangbourne)