Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to call on 07957184341 if you can't find the answer to your question below, or if you would rather discuss your bushcraft experience directly with an instructor.
Are children or parents with special needs, dietary requirements or allergies able to participate?
Yes. Please call or email to discuss the particular requirements and we will do everything we can to accommodate.
Are the courses just for boys?
No. Recent scientific studies indicate that the taste of a well toasted marshmallow and the satisfaction of building a camp fire appeal to girls every bit as much as they do to boys. Everybody's welcome at Big Hat Bushcamp (but parents must be supervised by a child at all times).
What age must participants be?
We run courses for all ages, young and old.
Groups and instructional technique are always tailored to suit the age of any young Bushfolk on the course.
For our Holiday Kids' Club the starting age is generally 7 (or nearly 7), but if you have a group of 6 or more 5-6 year olds, we may be able to accommodate.
For Family Bushcraft Weekends and private courses all ages are welcome, but parents will have to help children younger than 7.
Do I need previous experience?
No, but if you have done other such courses we'd love to hear about it when you book.
What happens if the weather is bad?
The courses train participants in how to beat bad weather and we have activities to suit most challenges the British climate can throw at us. If you wake up on the day of your course to find the ground blanketed in snow or all the neighbourhood pets lining up two by two, assume things are going ahead unless you hear from us.
Can I bring my own pen knife?
Parents, and with parents' consent, children, may bring suitable, sensible bushcraft knives or pen knives, but must show them to their instructor at the start of the course and only use them when instructors permit.
Do you run private parties on private land?
Occasionally we can come to you, if you have a suitable plot of woodland. Please call or email for further details.
Why are you called Big Hat Bushcamp?
Seemed like a good idea.
What do we need?
What to wear
What to carry
If you're camping, we'll send you the overnight kit list by email.