Bushcraft

Join our instructors in the wilderness, where you'll experience the outdoors and get close to nature. 

Throughout the activity session the team will teach you essential survival bushcraft skills such as how to light a fire without matches, how to make a hot drink, knots and rope work, tree and plant identification and how to build a shelter.

Participant working with a fire

Participant working at Allerton Grange

Bushcraft is a term used to describe outdoor wilderness survival skills and sessions can include a wide variety of different elements. It is about getting close to nature, building knowledge to enjoy natural surroundings, understanding the importance of sustainability and having respect for the environment.

A bushcraft session can be a great way to encourage people into the natural environment, create a framework for experiential learning and allow time for mindfulness in a lightly active outdoor session. 

Popular forms of bushcraft include:

  • Shelter building
  • Knots and rope work
  • Fire lighting
  • Plant and tree identification
  • Woodland games
  • Animal tracking
  • Orienteering
  • Wilderness and cooking skills
  • Safe use of tools
Participant in red coat on ground

You'll join our instructors in the wilderness, where you'll experience the outdoors and get close to nature. Throughout the activity session the team will teach you essential survival bushcraft skills in an interactive, practical session. There will be demonstrations from the instructors, and the majority of the session will be hands on with you mastering the techniques and getting involved. 

Participants digging

For younger children or adult beginners looking to learn the bushcraft essentials the session may include how to light a fire without matches, how to make a hot drink or s'more (a campfire treat of toasted marshmallows and chocolate between two cookies, wafers or biscuits.... mmm!) and how to build a shelter.

For older children or adults looking beyond the basic skills the session may also include orienteering, knots and rope work and tree and plant identification. In Autumn we often include pumpkin carving in our bushcraft sessions, and you can take your pumpkin home with you at the end of the session.

For adults the session can be tailored to include the skills you are most interested in learning. For corporate groups we can split you into teams and challenge you to build the best shelter within a set time frame to include a competitive teamworking element. 

Participant working with a fire
  1. Increased connection to nature: by nurturing a greater respect for the environment and your natural surroundings
  2. Time and space to switch off and unplug from the modern world: by getting close to nature and focusing away from electrical devices and technology to appreciate simple natural surroundings and recharge your thoughts and ideas
  3. Building friendships and understanding of others: spending time with others away from distractions can help you get to know each other better
  4. Building teamwork: by working together to construct a shelter or light a fire, you will share design ideas and build on each other's strengths to ensure a robust structure
  5. Improving leadership qualities: by drawing on the skills of the team to construct the shelter or fire and lead the way to success by supporting and motivating the team
  6. Developing self confidence: by gaining a sense of achievement from facing tough challenges and overcoming them
  7. Reflection: opportunity to reflect on how you worked as park of the team, what input you had and how you contributed
Wooden bridge crossing the beck of Meanwood Weir in the woods area of Meanwood Park.

We can provide bushcraft at many outdoor locations across the UK . We often visit schools and use school grounds or local parks/woodland near to you (subject to site visit and risk assessment), or we can arrange access to use YHA grounds or local scout camps which often have specific bushcraft fire pit areas for hire.  Some of our most popular local venues for bushcraft are: 

Yorkshire

  • Our Headingley Campus Hidden Gardens, Leeds
  • Otley Chevin Forest Park, Otley 
  • Leeds public parks (prior agreement required via council)
  • National Trust property grounds (via our Educational Group Membership)

Lake District / Peak District / North Wales

  • Various YHA grounds (accessed via our partnership agreement with YHA) 

Bushcraft is a term used to describe outdoor wilderness survival skills and sessions can include a wide variety of different elements. It is about getting close to nature, building knowledge to enjoy natural surroundings, understanding the importance of sustainability and having respect for the environment.

A bushcraft session can be a great way to encourage people into the natural environment, create a framework for experiential learning and allow time for mindfulness in a lightly active outdoor session. 

Popular forms of bushcraft include:

  • Shelter building
  • Knots and rope work
  • Fire lighting
  • Plant and tree identification
  • Woodland games
  • Animal tracking
  • Orienteering
  • Wilderness and cooking skills
  • Safe use of tools
Participant working at Allerton Grange

You'll join our instructors in the wilderness, where you'll experience the outdoors and get close to nature. Throughout the activity session the team will teach you essential survival bushcraft skills in an interactive, practical session. There will be demonstrations from the instructors, and the majority of the session will be hands on with you mastering the techniques and getting involved. 

Participant in red coat on ground

For younger children or adult beginners looking to learn the bushcraft essentials the session may include how to light a fire without matches, how to make a hot drink or s'more (a campfire treat of toasted marshmallows and chocolate between two cookies, wafers or biscuits.... mmm!) and how to build a shelter.

For older children or adults looking beyond the basic skills the session may also include orienteering, knots and rope work and tree and plant identification. In Autumn we often include pumpkin carving in our bushcraft sessions, and you can take your pumpkin home with you at the end of the session.

For adults the session can be tailored to include the skills you are most interested in learning. For corporate groups we can split you into teams and challenge you to build the best shelter within a set time frame to include a competitive teamworking element. 

Participants digging
  1. Increased connection to nature: by nurturing a greater respect for the environment and your natural surroundings
  2. Time and space to switch off and unplug from the modern world: by getting close to nature and focusing away from electrical devices and technology to appreciate simple natural surroundings and recharge your thoughts and ideas
  3. Building friendships and understanding of others: spending time with others away from distractions can help you get to know each other better
  4. Building teamwork: by working together to construct a shelter or light a fire, you will share design ideas and build on each other's strengths to ensure a robust structure
  5. Improving leadership qualities: by drawing on the skills of the team to construct the shelter or fire and lead the way to success by supporting and motivating the team
  6. Developing self confidence: by gaining a sense of achievement from facing tough challenges and overcoming them
  7. Reflection: opportunity to reflect on how you worked as park of the team, what input you had and how you contributed
Participant working with a fire

We can provide bushcraft at many outdoor locations across the UK . We often visit schools and use school grounds or local parks/woodland near to you (subject to site visit and risk assessment), or we can arrange access to use YHA grounds or local scout camps which often have specific bushcraft fire pit areas for hire.  Some of our most popular local venues for bushcraft are: 

Yorkshire

  • Our Headingley Campus Hidden Gardens, Leeds
  • Otley Chevin Forest Park, Otley 
  • Leeds public parks (prior agreement required via council)
  • National Trust property grounds (via our Educational Group Membership)

Lake District / Peak District / North Wales

  • Various YHA grounds (accessed via our partnership agreement with YHA) 
Wooden bridge crossing the beck of Meanwood Weir in the woods area of Meanwood Park.

Booking information

  1. What's available?

    • Half day activity session
    • Full day activity session
    • Incorporated into full programme
  1. Who can book?

    • Youth and community groups
    • Schools
    • Universities & colleges
    • Businesses

Interested in bushcraft sessions?

Get in touch with our team using the link below to book or find out more.

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Why choose Carnegie Great outdoors

  • We are part of Leeds Beckett University with extensive experience working with external clients and groups
  • We hold Public Liability Insurance of £25,000,000
  • We provide all specialist outdoor activity equipment, which is thoroughly checked, cleaned, serviced and maintained by our team. We hold trade accounts with the leading outdoor equipment manufacturers and replace our activity equipment in line with manufacturer and National Governing Body Guidelines
  • We tailor our activities to meet your personal aims and objectives, or to fit the requirements of the group; meeting curriculum requirements, corporate learning aims, identified skill sets or learning objectives 

All sessions are run by our friendly instructors who:

  • Hold specialist qualifications issued by the National Governing Body for each of the activities
  • Have excellent working knowledge of the activity locations
  • Are DBS enhanced checked
  • Hold a specialist 16-hour Outdoor Emergency First Aid qualification which is renewed every three years and covers the care of casualties in remote settings, in line with Government HSE regulations
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Have extensive experience working with a variety of client groups in the outdoors
  • Have a sound understanding of the outdoor sector including relevant legislation
  • Maintain a high standard of customer care