- Ages: 13 to 17
- July 30 – August 3, 2018
- 9am – 3pm each day
- Located at Earthsong, just 20 minutes from downtown Athens
- Tuition : $ 215
“Bushcraft” is a popular term for wilderness survival skills. In this five day camp, we will develop essential skills for camping and living outdoors – useful knots, shelter building, woodcraft, safe and effective use of hand tools, camp fire cooking, plant identification and use, some basic plant medicine, and of course, having fun! We will learn through focused instruction, fun projects, playing games, and exploring the curiosities of the natural world.
Our primary goals for Teen Bushcraft Camp are building competence with hand tools, resourcefulness, awareness, and creativity. We love making useful and beautiful items from the materials that the forest provides — it is so fun and rewarding. We will come prepared to offer instruction on specific projects every day of the camp; however, we strongly encourage the teens to pursue their own interests and creativity. If someone just really wants to make something other than the project we planned for the day, that is just fine with us. We will support them in that as much as we are able to as long as it isn’t something that will distract from the group activity too much. We must be able to maintain awareness of the whole group for safety’s sake at all times. If both can be done — we say go for it!
Mornings will be spent on focused activities. Afternoons will be spent cooling off and exploring the Middle Oconee River.
- Monday: Introduction to knives – safety and basic techniques
- Tuesday: Essential knots, building shelter, hatchet basics
- Wednesday: Cut a branch, carve a spoon!
- Thursday: Homemade bow saws, fire skills
- Friday: Putting it all together – campfire cooking, forest camp living