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Bushcraft for schools

Enjoy a bushcraft and survival skills session with Cumulus Outdoors during a residential trip in Dorset. From our woodland sites in the Isle of Purbeck, we teach school and youth groups a range of techniques needed to survive and thrive in the great outdoors.


  • Survive and thrive in the great outdoors
  • Learn the four pillars of survival
  • Switch off from technology and get back to basics

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Bushcraft school trips in Dorset

Over the course of the session, young people will discover the four pillars of survival – Fire, Shelter, Water and Food. Putting into practice practical skills including lighting fires by various methods and exploring other survival techniques unique to each location.

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Learning outcomes

Young people are becoming increasingly reliant on technology and indoor forms of entertainment. Our bushcraft for schools sessions seek to instil a love and respect of nature and encourage children to spend more time engaging with their natural surroundings. Our expert bushcraft instructors help educate participants on a range of survival techniques, which may come in useful in other situations. We also aim to build upon broader skill sets that may be transferable to other area.

  • Environmental awareness

    Bushcraft is a fun experience that improves children’s environmental awareness. They will learn more about the world around them and what can be found in the woods. We promote the ‘leave no trace’ ethos and talk about topics such as preservation and conservation.

  • Survival Skills and safety

    During our sessions, bushcraft participants will learn a range of basic survival techniques, that are both interesting and useful. We will also talk about fire safety principles, including the fire triangle.

  • Resilience

    Many bush craft skills take years to perfect. This activity involves sticking at it and not giving up, even when it gets hard.

Get in touch

Start planning your bespoke school residential trip itinerary today!

Contact us on 01929 422480

Bushcraft FAQs

Where can I find your bushcraft certificates?

If you would like to see all our bushcraft information, including risk assessments, policies, emergency procedures, insurance and affiliation certification, please ask. You will be sent a link to our website with a password to access and download as much as you need.

Are you insured for bushcraft?

Yes, we are insured for bushcraft and we have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Out­door Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom.

What happens if there is bad weather before bushcraft?

Rarely is the weather bad enough to cancel a bushcraft session. However, if we feel we need to cancel or change the session, we will be in touch at least 2 days prior to the activity. We will however always do our best to deliver the activities as per the agreed programme.

What if my child doesn’t want to do bushcraft?

During all our activity sessions, we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. We operate a ‘challenge by choice ethos’, which allows the students to choose the level they are comfortable with.

What is the instructor to participant ratio for bushcraft?

The instructor to participant ratio for bushcraft is 2:15.


What kit do they need to bring to a bushcraft session?

Clothing suitable for the outdoors is a must for bushcraft. Please bring a full set of waterproofs, rucksack with an extra layer, snacks, something to drink and any personal medication. Ideally a pair of walking shoes or wellies are perfect!

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