2 Day Junior/Family Bushcraft Survival Course

Tailored to suit families and juniors aged between 10 and 16, the 2 Day Junior/Family Bushcraft Survival Course is similar to our adult 3 day fundamental course, however the teaching style, content, structure and lesson duration are adapted to favour families and the younger generation.

Our aim is to help students to explore and enjoy the natural world safely through a mixture of various fundamental bushcraft and survival skills, helping them to problem solve, gain self-confidence and develop a respect for nature.

The 2 Day Junior/Family Bushcraft Survival Course is a fun and challenging educational experience for junior boys and girls and their parents who want to bond with their children in an outdoor environment and learn about the natural world and gain some valuable life skills along the way.

This program is also ideal for older primary school students, accompanied by their teachers.

The price of this course includes one child and one adult, however extra family members may attend for an extra $100 per family member. 

2 Day Junior/Family

Students will learn:

– survival priorities and what is important

– safe use and supervision of cutting tools

– simple knots and cordage

– how to set up a tarp and construct a simple emergency shelter

– simple and effective fire lighting techniques (modern methods)

– how to collect water and make it safe to drink

– useful plants of the local area

– staying seen and signaling for help

– finding your way in the bush

– simple campcraft

– camp cooking

– bush hygiene

– natural navigation using the sun and a shadow stick

Locations

The Junior Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is run at both our NSW and NT locations and is conducted in natural surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. The outdoor campfire classroom provides an enlightening immersion into nature, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. The outdoor setting provides a wonderful wilderness experience.

All course locations have parking available and are ‘reasonably’ accessible via public transport.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Accomodation

This course is run entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp, and you will either be sleeping in your own camping equipment that you will bring (see clothing and equipment list) or in the emergency shelter you will build yourself.

Depending on venue, it will have limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience as well as teaching you essential outdoor toilet etiquette and how to leave no trace. You will be taught how to wash with limited water and stay clean in the bush. Our measures are low-impact and environmentally friendly.

Catering and Food

All meals will be provided on this course with full opportunity for each student to learn and be involved in preparing and cooking food using a campfire. Learn how to use a camp oven, bake bread and cook in the coals.

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fresh water as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp.

Equipment and Clothing List

Ideally, each student should have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks as well as for future use, however we recognise that some of the items might be difficult to obtain. Taking this into account, the following items will be provided by Bushcraft Survival Australia for you to use and return in good order at the end of the course.
 
Tarp/Hoochie
You will be issued with an Australian Army type Hoochie to use for the course and shown how to erect it properly using a selection of simple knots and hitches.
Note: the first night you will be sleeping in the shelter you bring yourself.
 
Fixed blade knife
You will be given your own Morakniv of Sweden, carbon steel heavy duty “Companion” Knife which will be yours to keep (1 knife per family).
However, if you would like to bring your own knife we suggest you bring a plain (without serrations) full tang 5” (11cm) carbon steel blade with a 90 degree edge on the spine.
 
Other Items
You will also be issued the following items (if you don't have your own) to be returned at the end of the course in good order:
  • Fire striker/Ferro rod
  • All weather emergency blanket
  • Stainless Steel water bottle 40oz (1.1L)
  • Fresnel magnifying lens
  • 6m Parachute cord
  • Ground sheet/tarp
  • Mosquito net

Click on this Equipment and Clothing List for a detailed list of what else you will need to bring for the course.

For more details on some of the items visit our blog 12 Essential items people should have with them when they venture outdoors. Additionally click through to view our Equipment for 24 Hour and Multi Day Pack on the BSA Youtube Channel.

Course Timings

Bushcraft and survival training is closely intertwined with nature, the sun, stars, natural resources and the weather. There is no electricity. Therefore modern 40 hour week timetables you are used to need to be adapted.

Lessons will be taught both day and night and at unusual hours to accommodate nature, natural daylight hours and traditional cooking times using fire and natural resources. Some lessons and activities will take longer than others and some are sun and weather dependent so you need to remain flexible as things don't always go to plan. 

Traditional cooking using fire takes time so we will generally cook at night so we can maximize daylight hours for other tasks and activities so evening mealtimes might be later than you may be used to. There are a lots of skills to be learnt on this course so expect long days and later nights than you may be used to.

Health & Fitness 

Even though this is a static course held in an expedition style camp, you will need a reasonable level of health and fitness to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the course. In the weeks leading up to your course we recommend you do several walks over uneven terrain to ensure your boots and backpack containing your gear (approximately 10-15kg) fit correctly. There are late nights, early mornings and you will be on your feet a lot of the time. Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat!

FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that might help you with your plans.

Clothing and Equipment

A suggested clothing and equipment list is provided (see clothing and equipment list). You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a whole new kit. Purchase the nearest and most affordable equivalents you can find if you don’t already have them. However with some items, what you pay for is what you get!

Food & Beverages

Most of our courses are fully catered however some of our more advanced courses will be self-catered. Please see individual course descriptions.

Even when food is provided, you will still be involved with the preparation and cooking of certain meals.

The camp billy/kettle will always be on the boil in our campfire classroom so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food we provide you with will be more than adequate, but you are welcome to bring your own extra “jack rats” (snacks) if you wish.

Dietary Requirements

Should you have any specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) or food intolerances, please let us know when you fill out your course enrolment form so that we may be able to arrange appropriate food for you.

Other than the food provided for you on the course we also suggest that you bring your own specific snack food such as wheat, gluten or dairy free energy bars, biscuits etc..

Living from the land                          

Our basic courses are fully catered with some tasting of wild foods when available. Our more advanced courses however will require you to hunt, gather and cook for yourself. Please see individual course descriptions for further information.

Accommodation

All our courses are run entirely outdoors, and you will be camping out, either in your own camping equipment, equipment provided or in the shelters you have constructed from nature. For further information please see individual course descriptions.

Toilet & Shower Facilities

Learning how to live comfortably, efficiently, hygienically and environmentally responsibly in the bush is a very important discipline and something that is sadly lacking in our society today. Being able to  keep comfortably clean in the bush using minimal water, using  a bush latrine, sanitising correctly and safely burning  your “tail tinder” (toilet paper) so there is no trace are some of the things we instil in our students.
Our courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly. Please see individual course descriptions.

Weather

Courses will go ahead regardless of weather (unless it’s a catastrophic event) so as to help you to adapt to any situation. In wet weather we will try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible and activities maybe altered to accommodate various conditions.

Health & Fitness 

You will need a reasonable level of health and fitness to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the course. In the weeks leading up to your course we recommend you do several walks over uneven terrain to ensure your boots and backpack containing your gear (approximately 10-15kg) fit correctly. There are late nights, early mornings and you will be on your feet a lot of the time. Whilst catering is provided, it is simple food and mealtimes will be subject to change due to the nature of the course. Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat! 

Alcohol

No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought to the course. Participants found possessing these items will be taken off the course without refund.

Medications

A confidential medical questionnaire will be given as part of the enrolment process and staff should be advised of any personal medications that need to be taken. Participants are responsible for their own administration of personal medications.

First Aid

All our staff are first aid trained and a well stocked first aid kit will be accessible at all times at the main camp.

Safety

All Bushcraft Survival Australia activities are conducted in a safe and controlled manner and have been fully risk assessed with a risk management program being followed at all times. Emergency communications and safety vehicles are on site at all times. Prior to the commencement of the course, all participants will receive a full safety brief.

Liability/Participant Consent Form

A liability/participant consent form is required to be signed by all participants prior to the commencement of each course. This form will be sent to you along with your joining instructions once you book your course.

Age Limits

We have a lower age limit of 18 years on most of our courses, except for our junior course, however juniors above the age of 14 are welcome on adult courses as long as they are accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult participant. Please see individual course descriptions for age limits on specific courses. There is no ceiling on the age limit as long as you are in good physical health. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking.

Course Locations

We run courses in various locations. The area the course is held will be indicated within the individual course description. Once you have booked a course we will send you a joining instruction and directions to the course meeting point.

Coffs Coast (NSW)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property (Gumbainggar aboriginal land) in stunning coastal bushland between the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville on the mid north coast of NSW.

The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

 Darwin (NT)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property in savannah bushland around Woorabinda Scout Camp near Howard Springs, about 30 minutes drive from Darwin.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp. Basic amenities are accessible via a short walk through the bush and a canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available at Woorabinda Scout Camp.

Public transport from Darwin to Howard Springs is available and we can collect you from there.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed

 Sydney (NSW)

Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road.

Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.

Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.

Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Parking

Our courses are conducted on private property with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within these private areas a few hundred meters from the main camp, however we advise that you don’t leave any valuable personal belongings in the vehicle.

Payment and Booking

The best way for you to book on one of our courses is to find the course you wish to book and click on the Booking Tab. This will take you to our secure online Paypal booking page and all you have to do is follow the easy steps to book online.

Once we receive your booking, we will send you a joining instruction, participant consent form and pre-course information.

Mobile phones

There is varied mobile reception available at all of our course locations, however we ask you to consider other members of the group and be discreet as many participants attend to get away from the technological distractions that surround us. Mobile phone use will not be allowed during lectures and demonstrations, however the occasional picture on a camera phone is acceptable.

Battery Charging

You will need to bring your own charging device (eg. power bank) for your phone/torch, etc.

Booking: 2 Day Junior Bushcraft Survival Course - School CoursesJunior Bushcraft Survival skills

Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night
Price: On enquiry. Group discounts available. Two teaching staff are included at no extra cost
Minimum age: Year 5 students *
Included: 2 full days and 1 night of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees and insurance. Morakniv bushcraft knives will be loaned for the duration of the course.
Number of places: 20 students and 2 teaching staff
Course meeting time: 9.00am (Day 1) - TBC with school
Course finish time: 5:00pm (Day 2) - TBC with school

* This Course can be tailored to your school's particular needs, which may affect the minimum age.

ENQUIRIES - SCHOOLS

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2 Day Junior/Family Course Sydney April 2019

Booking: 2 Day Junior/Family Bushcraft Survival Course - Public Courses

Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night
Price: $400 (includes one adult and one child) An additional $100 for each extra family member.
Minimum age: 10 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Included: 2 full days and one night of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own Morakniv bushcraft knife (1 per family) to keep.
Number of places: 6 Families
Course meeting time: 8:30am (Day 1)
Course finish time: 5:00pm (Day 2)

COURSE DATES AND LOCATIONS

29-30 October 2022, Sydney NSW - Bookings open early December

26-27 November 2022, Coffs Coast NSW - Bookings open early December

Upon making your booking you will receive a link to the participant consent form, which must be filled out and returned immediately, along with other documentation about what to bring and where to go.

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