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What happened at previous Bushcraft Special events.....

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  • 10th - 11th Sept 2011. The second 2-day event for 2011 in Oxfordshire. The gales held off and the event was held without a hitch. Some participant feedback: "Once again, I have been filled with inspiration and re-energised. The whole thing was well organised and the instructors very knowledgeable and skilful. Even better than June! Well Done", "Thank you for a well thought out and planned weekend. I enjoyed every aspect. Look forward to doing it again", "I was quite apprehensive before coming – not sure if I had enough experience- but everyone has made me feel most welcome and I have achieved so much with the help of all the tutors!". "Set up, surroundings, tuition, banter excellent.", "This is the first event of this type I have been to. I am a Forest School Leader and I will take away loads of great new ideas that I can use with my young participants."  Photos from Dave Willis.

  • 2 day IOL Bushcraft event in Derbyshire (8-9 June) - another successful event.
    One participant had this to say, "Fantastic two days. Did not know what to expect but will go away with so many ideas. Please keep up the great work that you do." 
    Another said, "Inspiring and enjoyable. Great to try things I have long been meaning to in a supportive and well taught format. A brilliant non threatening environment."  Photos from David Willis.
  • The day before this event Adventure Rapport hosted a Bushcraft First Aid course for the winners of a draw on the IOL website. Dense woodland screens Bushcraft students from passers-by and from each other; initial assessments and treatment must take place within an environment that is at once sheltering and challenging. Issues such as evacuation, stretchers, assisted carries and access by the emergency services to an environment they are unlikely to be familiar with, gave rise to several detailed questions and to the practice of a range of simple but effective techniques. Diet, nutrition and hydration are significant factors in many incidents and these were signposted during the day. On a one-day course such as this, the ‘watchword’ was ‘’Common things happen commonly’’. Although extra emphasis was placed on such accidents as cuts, burns, bites, stings and allergic reactions the fact remains that most first aid incidents are those which occur generally. Heart attacks, strokes, illnesses and the full HSE approved course format were fully covered.

  • IOL Bushcraft SIG members at Bushcraft Show in the Lake District - The shores of Lake Windermere in blazing sunshine made a stunning back drop for this new 3 day event set in the YMCA Lakeside woodland. There were several IOL Bushcraft SIG members running workshops for adults and kids, friction fire-starting, game preparation, kitchen utensil carving and tracking skills were among the skills on offer.

Wonderful Woodland Event - Some feedback from participants.....

8-9th June 2011
Spring Wood - Derbys/Leics Border

  • A great 2 day event..... thanks to all participants and leaders. Some of the feedback from participants:
  • "Amazing couple of days. So many ideas and lots of information all in a fantastic woodland with lovely people. Thank you."
  • "Firstly a great thank you to you and the team for arranging the bushcraft SIG event this week. Your hard work and dedication, not just to your craft but to the teaching of others, is indeed inspirational.

    The workshops and the overall approach of the trainers were aimed so that novices and professionals alike were comfortable together and an overall grownup learning environment was facilitated. Well done."
  • "I would recommend that all who can, regardless of ability or perceived ability get to these events hone their learning, pick up some tips from the experts and like me enjoy the time with like minded people. A grateful thanks to all involved."
  • "Inspiring and enjoyable. Great to try things I have long been meaning to in a supportive and well taught format. A brilliant non threatening environment."




  • " Good experience. Very knowledgeable team. Learnt new skills and refreshed others. Cordage particularly useful. All sessions I attended of great value."
  • "Thanks for having us at your fantastic site Dave, great to meet so many like minded people. Will pass on the new skills I have learnt with the young people and forest school leaders I work with."
  • "A great place to come and spend time with like minded people, the pump drill session was great, it gave me a new understanding and will pass this on to young people when I get back."
  • "Great! All things about the two days were great, setting/people etc."
  • "Welcoming, inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable. Was able to consolidate skills and have my eyes opened to others. Plenty of ideas to take back to my Forest School setting."
  • "Fantastic two days. Did not know what to expect but will go away with so many ideas. Please keep up the great work that you do."


How to Join the Bushcraft Special Interest Group

  • Cost per IOL Membership year is £20 (supplemental to your IOL Membership Fee)
  • The Institute Website has a Members only section for it's SIGs - once you are a BSS-SIG member, you will be able to access this area
  • You can be a member of more than one SIG
  • If you wish to join BSS-SIG, please contact the office with your payment details, or send a cheque, made payable to IOL, quoting your membership number, as well as your name, address, contact telephone number and email address to the IOL office
  • You must be a current member to join one of the IOL Special Interest Groups
  • For information on how to become involved in BSS-SIG, contact Louise at IOL




The IOL Foundational Bushcraft Competency certificate

  • To meet a growing need in Outdoor Education we are now providing a system of courses to equip those of you who are using, or are aiming to use, Bushcraft skills as part of your programmes. The information is here.
  • These full 3-day training courses have been created by the Bushcraft and Survival Skills SIG using some of the most experienced trainers of Bushcraft in the country. This is provided by individual bushcraft training organisations.
  • The courses are listed on the Bushcraft & Forest School Courses/Events web page.