What a week of adventure it was rounded off with a night sleeping under the stars in shelters we constructed. Everyone work up bright and early in the woods and we headed back up to camp for breakfast and a chance to pack ahead of departure. Adventurers had been nominating one another for awards during the week and we rounded off the camp experience with an awards ceremony acknowledging everyone’s contribution to camp.
Environmental Adventure 28th July to 2nd August 2019
Today we welcomed another two new practitioners to camp. Annie and Simon came to do traditional rope work with adventurers, repurposing old fishing rope destined for landfill into intricate rope work mats which can be used for a multitude of things.
Naomi came back today and this time taught campers how we can make our own personal care products such as lip balms, body butters and insect repellent using natural ingredients and creating products which are good enough to eat! We learnt lots about different herbs, oils and even got to try some delicious blends of homemade herbal tea.
Meanwhile over at the forge it was a hive of activity with Tristan, banging, heating and shaping iron into toasting forks and other useful items which will probably outlive us!
Later in the afternoon bushcraft and survival expert Ross shared with us the secrets to creating a good shelter before we packed up and headed to the forest for a wild wood sleep out. Dinner was cooked over the campfire and we enjoyed some singing with our very talented team member Poppy who, when she is not helping at Camp Kernow, writes and performs her own songs accompanied by her guitar. It’s torches off now as everyone gets tucked up for a night under the stars in the their shelters.
Today was an exciting day as we welcomed two new practitioners to camp. Ross Burt a bushcraft and survival expert who has worked with Ray Mears arrived to share with adventurers the many ways of making fire - percussion, solar, friction, electric, chemical reaction and compression. We got to have a go with a variety of fire making devices before trying to light a piece of tinder using a bow drill.
Naomi from Creative Roots also came to camp to share 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 making fire and felt others were learning green woodworking skills and others joined Tristan at the forge. The afternoon was spent kayaking along the river and cooking up delicious wood fired pizzas in the cob oven.
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, shelterbuilding and campfire cooking skills into practice with a wild wood sleep out!
We didn’t let a little rain get in the way of having fun today. Adventurers headed deep into the woods to experience technical tree climbing using ropes to ascend high into the canopy, swing upside down and even sit on a branch and hang out, quite literally! Matt, an amazing local wild food forager also came to camp and shared with adventurers the incredible wealth of food hiding in plain sight here at camp and along the hedgerows. So many edible and medicinal plants all around us if you know what to look for. After a forage it was time to head to the kitchen and cook up a delicious wild treat to try.
In the afternoon adventures were ready to tackle the climbing wall. Everyone got to the top of the 6m tower and were rewarded with a view across Truro to the cathedral. A hearty dinner of bangers of mash was cooked up by the chefs and some campers enjoyed their first ever experience of eating courgette which was harvested fresh from the garden. After dinner we played some team games and enjoyed a campfire and some S’mores!
Tomorrow Tristan will arrive ready to do some forging and we’ll welcome some new practitioners to camp including Ross who is a bushcraft expert and will be teaching the skill of making fire by friction. Time to get some sleep ahead of another busy day!
Today we were fortunate to be joined at camp by an incredible plant-based chef called Jay Halford who, over the course of the day, worked with three groups of campers to create a delicious and nutritious feast of food using fresh produce from camp’s food garden.
Each group began their cooking session with a trip to the garden to select and harvest the freshest of produce - beetroot, courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, mixed lettuce, cucumber, kale, raspberries, blackberries and rhubarb. They then returned to the kitchen where they chopped, spiralized, grated and sliced it all up under Jay’s expert guidance. On the menu were beetroot, courgette and quinoa burgers, courgetti with basil pesto, green salad, tomato salad, homemade humous and tomato ketchup. This was followed by fruit compote with toasted oats, sunflower seeds and cinnamon - delicious!
While some were busy in the kitchen others were designing and silk screen printing t-shirts with an environmental message while others were learning the ancient sport of Archery under Charlie’s expert instruction.
Tomorrow we’ll be scaling the dizzy heights of the Beech tree deep in the valley on a technical tree climbing mission alongside a wild food foraging session learning from a local expert.
Environmental Adventurers arrived at camp today ready to begin an action packed, off-grid, fun filled six days of summer camp. It's wonderful to bring together young people from across the country to share this off-grid experience and learn from one another. Those travelling from London had an early start aboard the 08:05 from Paddington Station and were treated to beautiful scenery along the way.
The afternoon began with a few getting to know you games then a tour to discover how we can live here off-grid in balance with nature. After moving into sleeping structures and learning how the composting toilets work it was time for the first harvesting and cooking crews to get to work preparing a delicious dinner for everyone.
A dusk meditative walk got everyone thinking about the importance of being in the moment and connecting with nature. We learned some techniques which can help us focus, be in the moment and really experience it rather than have our minds elsewhere thinking of past events or wondering about whats to come tomorrow. Being in nature can be an incredibly powerful and positive experience for our wellbeing if we take the time to appreciate it.
We returned to a campfire and a sky full of stars above. Everyone was excited for their first night under canvas and the chance to get tucked up in sleeping bags and chat with fellow tent mates! Tomorrow we can look forward to a visit from an incredible plant based chef, a chance to design and print our very own t-shirts and an archery session.