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Introduction to Bushcraft

Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project - Macphail Woods Nature Centre

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Friday, July 11, 2014
Macphail Woods Nature Centre 271 Macphail Park Rd. OrwellPECanada  C0A 2E0
Monday, July 7, 2014 - Friday, July 11, 2014
Macphail Woods Nature Centre 271 Macphail Park Rd. OrwellPECanada  C0A 2E0

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What's Included

Bushcraft (13-16) These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibers, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will learn the edible and medicinal properties of local plants. Our camp will include cooking over an open fire, and playing games that help develop the children’s senses and awareness to bring them closer to nature. Campers will also make natural crafts such as birch bark baskets, and perform basic whittling and woodcarving. Thursday Overnight Leading up to and during the 30 hrs excursion we intend to work on specific skills with the campers. They are; how and what to pack for an overnight excursion, leaving no trace, basic personal and group safety protocols, navigation with map and compass, camp site selection, safe water collection, fire safety, outdoor cooking, nighttime ecology, owl calling, naked eye astronomy and wildlife observation. Many of these skills we already include in our current teaching, however for most of our campers it will be their first opportunity to test their abilities and learn first hand new skills in a practical setting.

About This Organizer

The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is an initiative of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. It combines protection of the natural area along the streams with wildlife enhancement, forest stewardship, watershed protection, environmental education and ecological research.

Since 1992 we have been offering summer camps for youth. Over the years the camps have grown immensely and become one of our most successful education programs. The goal of our camps is to help children discover their own place in nature. We spend the entire week outdoors, bird watching, tracking, making art, playing games, observing insects and getting wet and dirty. Each camp is an adventure for the children but also an incredible educational experience.

Our camp director, Eric Edward (naturecamp@macphailwoods.org), has lead the camps for the past 14 years. This year, Eric will be assisted by, environmental educator, Daniel McRae and one summer student. We work hard to give the campers an exciting but safe week and the small camp size, high teacher to camper ratio and years of experience are important factors in accomplishing this goal. Leaders are trained in first aid.

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