Junior Wilderness Survivor (Stage One) - Two Days + One Night
1 x accompanying adult place is free so only book a place for your young attendee.
This is X Platoon's introductory experience for young people. No previous experience necessary.
This is a great opportunity for you and yours to work together and experience the great outdoors under the guidance of one of the UK's most knowledgeable Survival Experts. The emphasis will be on the young people to ensure that they get the most from the experience and have as much fun as possible.
This adventure will put them in the heart of the woods with the aim of starting or enhancing their lifelong love of The Great Outdoors. It aims to help stimulate the learning process and contribute towards their emotional health and wellbeing, getting them to reconnect with the wilderness and appreciate the landscapes natural beauty. This experience can provide the necessary confidence, motivation and desire to face life with passion and vigour and learn that no problem is too difficult no matter how daunting it may seem at first. Here at X Platoon we promote Values Based Learning and our woodland experience will reinforce the importance of individual qualities such as self-discipline, self-reliance, independence, mental and physical resilience, ingenuity and determination. Throughout the day we also stress the need for teamwork and cohesion and that by being an active and valuable member of the team you are directly contributing to its success.
This is an introductory course for young people and is based around our Wilderness Survivor Course, this course requires that our junior wilderness survivors are accompanied by an adult, the adult place is free so only book for 1 junior place. This is a great opportunity for you both to work together, although the emphasis will be on our young survivors to ensure that they get the most from the course. Subjects covered include:
- Starting from scratch we will school you in the key stages of survival and allow you the opportunity to practice each skill until you are confident that you could do it under austere conditions, when you are tired, hungry and wet and feel that you are alone in the wilderness. Some of the fundamental skills you will learn include:
- Ensure you are protected from any further harm
- Establish a shelter to protect you from the elements
- Working with natural resources to improve your shelter
- Overcome survival stresses and negatives
- Follow the survival PLAN
- Firelighting is without doubt the most rewarding of survival skills, it stretches back to our hunter gathering days and can restore a sense of well being to any situation, as well as provide warmth, cook food and purify water
- Fire lighting with flint and steel and by friction using a bow drill
- Use of fire for warmth, cooking and purifying water
- Signalling fires for rescue
- Without water you will die, so being able to locate, collect, store and purify water is possibly one of the most important survival skills to have
- Problems associated with lack of water and common pitfalls of water management
- Build a solar still including an inverted still
- Collection techniques
- Purifying water using improvised water filters
- Locating, identifying, gathering and preparing food is extremely challenging in a survival situation, getting it wrong can cause severe medical conditions and even lead to death. Locating food in the wild
- Identifying edible foods such as plants, berries, fruit
- Medical conditions associated with dangerous food sources
- Preparing, cooking and storing food
- If you have to survive for any length of time then you must establish your base camp and adopt a sustainable routine until help arrives. Personal equipment and clothing
- Hygiene and health management including long term latrines
- Routines and essential tasks
- Safe use of knives and axes and how to sharpen them
- Being able to navigate to safety could be the difference between life and death so understanding the techniques for survival navigation are vital.
- Finding direction using the sun and a watch
- Find an East/West travel line using the sun, a stick and a shadow
- Astral indicators
- Use of ground