BOWJI BUSHCRAFT CENTRE

 
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TENT SITES

Each tent is sited with great care around the river taking maximum advantage of the sun from dawn till dusk.

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SERVICE

The individual camps have been located in such a way as to provide a feeling of privacy. There are only 4 tents on the entire 3 acre woodland site.

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FACILITIES:

​Facilities:​

  • Large rip-stop canvas tent with 3m by 3m enclosed sleeping area, a further 3m by 3m living / sleeping area and 3m by 2.6m covered veranda. The tents are set on hard decking to minimise damp and evening chill.

  • Expedition style sleeping mattresses for 4 people

  • Covered cooking area fitted with washing up basin, 30 L water container with tap, food preparation area, double propane gas burner. Oz-pig outdoor wood stove.

  • Fire pit with metal tripod, range of fire resistant cooking pots and pans; plates cups etc for 4 people

  • Composting toilet at each camp site and hot showers

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WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:

You will need to bring your own pillows, bed linen (can be
provided) and food. Some guests bring a cool box for perishables.  Ice can be bought up at the farm house.
We can supply local free-range eggs, goose eggs (in season); also locally cured bacon, pork, beef and
lamb from neighbouring farms.

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CAMP LIFE

Each site is provided with a propane fuelled two burner cooker. Additionally each tent is provided with an ‘’Ozpig’’


An Ozpig is an Australian outdoor wood burning stove – ideal for

brazing steaks, preparing pizza or even baking bread!


As with any remote camp, life settles into a natural rhythm of water collection, cooking and relaxation. You are not restricted to the site however. We are located within walking distance of the local village of St Columb; its shops and local pubs. 

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THE CAMP FIRE

The heart of any camp site is the camp fire, and unusually for camp sites we actively encourage them. 

Indeed for the more adventurous there is an open fire pit with tripod from which to suspend a kettle for morning tea and a 'Dutch Oven' for making stews.

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LEARN BASIC BUSHCRAFT SKILLS

There is nothing clever or mystical about bushcraft. It is merely the collective knowledge of our ancestors – the technology of an earlier age – applied to our modern world.




Much of it has been lost to us as we have no longer seen it as relevant to our lives  We would suggest that this is not the case however. Its skills, values and knowledge are as relevant today as they were to our predecessors.

COURSES

The Centre runs a wide variety of courses. Great effort is made to find locations that are suitable to the nature of the course provided.

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1.CAMP SKILLS, BUSH AND FIELD CRAFT

Location:    Bowji Bushcraft Centre

This course is considered to be the foundation course from which all subsequent courses stem


It develops a basic level of skill designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to select and set up and work from both permanent and temporary camps.


Skill development will include fire lighting, shelters, water collection & purification, basic knife, saw & axe work, tool making and outdoor cooking.

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2.ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS, CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
FAUNA / FLORA – DANGEROUS PLANTS, EDIBLES AND MEDICINES

Location:    Bowji Bushcraft Centre

Designed either as a standalone course or as a prerequisite for the advanced tracking course, the purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a range of fauna and flora.


Emphasis is on plant identification and animal recognition and behavior, together with an understanding of how modern forestry and woodland management schemes impact their existence.


Students are encouraged to access appropriate data bases to establish their own logbook of species. Armed in this way with the ability to research they are not restricted to the flora and fauna of the UK, but able to develop researched data from any part of the world.

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3. TRACKING (BASIC), STALKING, BASIC BUTCHERY

Location:   Bowji Bushcraft Centre

This course is specifically aimed at a range of different students, including those wishing to:


  • Explore an interest in tracking

  • Develop basic stalking skills

  • Develop an understanding about animal behavior

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4. ADVANCED TRACKING / ANTI POACHING

Location:   Bowji Bushcraft Centre

For student wishing to develop tracking and anti poaching skills, this practical course introduces students to a range of subjects including:


  • The ‘science of tracking’

  • Advance tracking techniques

  • Advanced stalking

  • Use of dogs in the tracking &  recovery of injured animals

  • Anti –poaching  - principles & techniques

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5. EXPEDITION PLANNING, LOGISTICS AND SAFETY

Location:     Bowji Bushcraft Centre

This course is based on the Royal Geographical Society’s BS 8848, the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK.


It covers:


  • Planning & organising

  • Participant selection

  • Competent Risk Assessor

  • Leadership

  • Competency and qualifications

  • Medical support

  • Emergency procedures

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6. NAVIGATION, MAP AND COMPASS, GPS, ROUTE PLANNING AND NATURAL NAVIGATION

Location:  Bowji Bushcraft Centre / Bodmin Moor

 This course addresses basic navigation including:


  • Route and passage planning

  • Compass and map reading

  • DR and speed/distance estimation

  • Use of GPS

  • Introduction to natural navigation

 

SCHOOLS

Building Friendships & Confidence

 

BOWJI BUSHCRAFT CENTRE

provides a safe learning environment for young people to develop their practical and inter-personal skills through exposure to the outdoor world.

Courses are designed to be

  • Practical – courses are all delivered in an appropriate outdoor environment that replicates real conditions as far as possible


  • Effective – Course content and delivery contain practice and procedures that 

           have been tested and work in a variety of environments


  • Intellectual rigor -  courses are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of 

skills and their under-pinning scientific and technological knowledge


  • Modular– Courses are designed as part of a developmental package, however

           each course is a stand-alone element. Students can pick and choose topics to suit 

           their needs


  • Certification – where possible, successful completion of courses will result in relevant qualification / certification.


  • Sustainable – Courses are run to minimise impact on the site(s).Consideration given to impact of footfall, vehicle movements, resource harvesting, fires and disruption to wildlife and other users.


  • Safe – As we have an in house Safety Advisory Service all courses are run under best practice for the industry


  • DBS checked – All staff hold enhanced DBS certificate

STAG AND HEN GROUPS

Small group just for the day? Or Large group for the weekend?
We can cater for either

 

Activities include


Bushcraft challenges

Open air cooking

Shooting

Axe throwing

Catapult shooting

Coastering

Jetski safaris

RIB tours around the N Cornwall coast

You decide on your itinerary and we will make it happen

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