L5 Team Building Trip to the Bushcraft Centre
Monday 30th September 2013
Zanna Spencer, L5, shares with us her account of the L5 Team Building Trip to the Bushcraft Centre:
On Thursday 19 September, the L5’s ventured their way into the deep, dark forest of Oxfordshire only to find several tents, a roasting campfire and the Bushcraft team to welcome us. As we all sat around the campfire, trying to warm up, we were briefed on what the team had in store or us to do that day.
First, we were taught the basic things you need to survive; water, food, heat and shelter. We then had a lesson involving several ways in which to make a fire. Some of these techniques involved wire wool, cotton wool covered in Vaseline and the rather basic, flint and steel. Sparks were flying (literally) as we tried out some of these.
We were then separated into five tribes and each assigned a tribe leader. We were also told that we had to cook our own lunch, but in order to do this, first we needed a successful campfire. But when it started to rain, this became quite a hard task and took several tries. When the tribes had been given the “thumbs up”, we were able to get some pre-prepared paella and cook our fish ourselves.
Once our lunch break was over, more bushcraft lessons came. We were taught about various traps used in order to catch animals in the wild. We found this very interesting especially the one involving a chocolate bar, which we were disappointed to hear that it wasn’t for us. We went on to learn about safety when using a knife and how to make a successful peg from a piece of a branch. We were given the chance to try this out for ourselves and luckily there were no injuries, just some rather sharp pegs looking a bit more like daggers.
By this time it was getting late and before we knew it, we were being lead back to the coach, saying our thankyou’s and waving goodbye to the Bushcraft Team. On behalf of the L5’s, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Bushby for organising the trip and all of the staff who also helped on the day. I think we all had an incredibly fun day.