Today was an exciting day as we split into small groups to try out activities including forging, survival skills, green woodworking, natural dyeing, trapeze and felting. Naomi from Creative Roots shared her skills in felt making and taught campers how to card sheepswool and, using a large pebble, mould the carded wool into a useful pouch. The wool was made hot then cold and rubbed and smoothed until it all bound together into a thick and durable felt.
While some were learning survival skills and felt others joined Tristan at the forge. For first-timers to camp there was the opportunity to forge a toasting fork for marshmallows, while those returning built on their previous year’s experience.
In the evening Ross taught everyone how some simple everyday objects could be used in a multitude of ways in a survival situation and a really clever way of telling which way is south using just a watch face.
Tonight is the last night at base camp as tomorrow we decamp and head for a final night in the forest putting all of our firelighting, shelter building and campfire cooking skills into practice with a wild wood sleep out!