Bushcraft and Survival Introduction Camp 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

3rd - 5th April 2017.



3 days 2 nights.

Ever wondered how you would live if lost in the bush? Have you thought about how easy Bear Grylls makes it look (without the support crew!!) and want to try it out for yourself? Are you an outdoors person and just love getting out and living simply in the Australian bush?… Well, have we got the ideal holiday adventure for you!!

The Outdoor Leaders at Mt Barney Lodge are launching their new Bushcraft and Survival Introductory Camp in the June/July school holidays. This three day camp (Monday to Wednesday) gives the young people (12-14 y.o.) experiences that you once could only dream of.


Cost: $475 per person.

Includes: small leader-participant ratio for 55 hours (no more than 1:6 leader:child ration); experienced Outdoor Leader has Wilderness First Aid training, first aid kit and public liability insurance; full catering; camp fees and all camping equipment ; survival kit to keep including a flint and items to create a personal shelter - tarp, rope, sleeping mat (closed-cell foam)

Age: 12-14 y.o. (age restrictions are not negotiable)

Requirement for group numbers: Maximum 6 participants, minimum 4.

Start Time: arrive at 7am for 7.30am start

Duration of Activity: 3 days/2 nights

Meeting Place: The Office

What to bring: All items on gear list to be provided upon booking.

What not to bring: Lollies, mobile phones, screens

Fitness Requirement: A moderate level of fitness is required for the 6km walk to and from the bush-camp site.

Please don’t delay booking your place, as numbers are strictly limited. We are only able to secure your place based on full payment of the activity on a first-come first-served basis.


Day 1

Arrive early between 7- 7.30am to allow parents time to get back to work. The camp starts at 8am at the latest. Today we get straight into learning about the Survival Mindset, we learn about “The Big 5” (Water, Warmth, Signal, Shelter, Fire) and how that applies to surviving, setting up the perfect tent and how to light a fire with flint.

We will also explain bush hygiene and start paring back our kit via the “need it vs want it” principle. Participants will cook their dinner over an open fire which they light using a flint. Camp 1 is in a tent at Mt Barney Lodge giving us a good nights sleep before the next days adventure.

Day 2

Building on yesterday’s knowledge, we leave the Lodge grounds and hike with packs into the bush ready to use some of the skills and gain even more. First we learn how to use a knife correctly and use them to make our swag roll to carry everything in.

On our walk out to Camp 2 we will learn/taste/understand bushtucker principles, understand the “Rule of Three Principle” for equipment, learn the knots needed for the camp and understand the usefulness of everyday objects we may come across on our trek.

Tonight we are constructing our shelter out of a tarp and some rope along with any design features the natural environment gives us.

We are also going to light our fire without flint or even matches … Can you rise to the challenge?? Choose to sleep under the stars, under a fly in the swag you have created, or in a tent, using all the skills you have learnt.

Day 3

As well as having fun around the camp, we will learn what to do if you lose your compass, how to respond to an injury or snakebite, and how to attract attention with minimal equipment. Learn what to carry in a survival kit.

All this and more will be learnt as we trek back to the Lodge for an afternoon swim. Mum and Dad will drop in between 4-5pm for a 5pm presentation and shared BBQ dinner. Additional dinner guests $10pp, bookings essential. They might even decide to spend a few days camping and learning survival skills from you.

Aimed at 12-14 y.o. youth this inaugural camp is a winner and is sure to fill fast so please get your nomination forms in fast…

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Please don’t delay booking your place, as numbers are strictly limited. We are only able to secure your place based on full payment of the activity on a first-come first-served basis.



"The boys had a fantastic time - thank you to everyone for organising and leading the camp. Both boys learnt lots of new skills and are still talking about the camp now!"

"The leaders helped us a lot with the activities we did."

Standout experiences:

"Meeting new mates and sleeping in my bivvy"

"Making my own tent!"

"The cooking of my dinner over the camp fire on a stick!"


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