Programs

  • Our courses can cover:

    SURVIVAL BASICS: Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, Improvisation, Navigation
    BUSHCRAFTS: Hide tanning, Weaving, Making cordage, Tool making,
    NATURE AWARENESS: Camouflage, Tracking, Wildlife awareness, Nature observation, Bird Language, Botany
    FOOD PROCUREMENTS: Plant identification and use, Spear making, Trapping and Hunting
  • Our programs aim to build:

    Motivation, Self reliance, Confidence, Knowledge, Initiative ability, Connections to nature, Awareness, Health, Community and Relationships

What you might expect on your camp or course…

An enjoyable time in a beautiful location with a focus on traditional bush crafts. Each day will focus on particular bush skills along with awareness based games and activities in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Skills will be practiced in a variety of situations – as a group, small teams and solo – and in a variety of locations. Be prepared for a bit of dirt, some water, maybe the odd scratch, and some laughs.

These are outdoors programs, so expect to feel the elements. The program will run regardless of the weather as there is a sheltered learning space available if required.

Each day will start and end at a central meeting area. During the day we will venture into the surrounding forest, with all your needs for the day found in the bush or carried with you.

Overnight courses include night-time activities.

What we expect

We expect everyone to be there for the start and the finish of the day. Outside of that, if you need to take time out for yourself at any time, just let us know. Some of the things we do are challenging – this is why we foster a supportive and encouraging environment.

When you come, you can make the most out of your time in nature by leaving the outside world behind.  Leave electronic devices, mobile phones, or any other screen-based distractions behind during activities – or  leave them at home if you can.

No Alcohol/Drugs – these are drug free programs.


Meeting time and place

Generally courses are held in the Gloucester and Dungog area. If you have a group, we can come to you.

Dungog: 

Ferndale Park Campground: 1940 Chichester Dam Road via Dungog (20km north of Dungog)
Ph.02 49959239. Camping fees can be paid on arrival. Location details in following section.

AND

252 Wangat Trig Road: Our shiny new location for certain courses.

Gloucester:

The Steps Campground, 535 Manchester Road, Bindera (20km west of Gloucester). Ph.02 65582093 or visit www.boac.com.au for bookings.

For details on locations, please visit ‘course locations’ page

School Holiday Camps aka Wildcraft Kids Camp
Activities run from 9am-3pm each day. Parents/guardians are welcome to join in for all of the activities and are only required to stay if their child requires substantial one on one attention.

We meet 9am each day at a central location within the Campground (exact location advised by email). We return to this point at 3pm.

Families staying overnight on Wildcraft Camps need to pay for their camping separately to owner of the campground.

Shuttles to/from Dungog Visitors Information Center or Gloucester Train Station can be arranged if given advanced notice.

Weekend Camps – for adults/mature students

We meet at 6pm at a central meeting place within the campground (exact location advised by email beforehand). We suggest that you arrive by 4pm on Friday to allow time to set up camp and cook dinner. We will meet on Friday at 6pm for a general introduction. You will then have a small amount of time for completing your set up and eating dinner etc before we meet up again at dusk for the official course start at 7.30pm.

It is important that everyone is present before we start, so if you will be delayed for any reason please text 0412 216 485 so we can wait for you.


What to Bring – all courses

  • Day Pack (small backpack to carry your food, water and personal items)
  • Water Bottle
  • Healthy and nourishing food (eg low sugar/low additives)
  • Clothes suitable for bush rambling
  • Sensible walking shoes
  • Additional Pair of shoes that can get wet (river shoes or thin soled shoes are ideal)
  • Hat / long sleeve shirt / suncream / insect repellent (avoid aerosols)
  • Swimmers/towel
  • Small personal first aid kit – eg bandaids,  bandages
  • Rain jacket
  • For the last day – a set of bush coloured clothes or swimmers that can get dirty

Extra items for overnight courses

  • Camping gear – tent/swag, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooker, pots, plate, cup, utensils.
  • Water container – 10L/20L – so you can have water right with you. Taps are found away from where we camp. You can bring this full of water or fill it up at the campground when you arrive.
  • Pocket knife or knife in sheath if you have one (adults/mature students only)

Optional

  • Binoculars/Camera

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