Well, what can we offer schools and colleges?
Life skills that have a crossover to Home economics (hygiene and cooking in an outdoor enviroment), art and design (braiding and bracelet making, Construction of natural shelters, carving and whittling), skills that have a basis in science, technology and history (small game preparation, fire, water and flint knapping), team building exercises to improve communication skills and interpersonal skills (“Pilot down”, “The Knot” and “The Survival Relay.”) and we provide personal development by increasing both individual skills and self confidence, all courses can be tailored to meet your individual requirement and age group (7 years old and upward).
You can come to us or we can come to you, as long as you have grounds for us to work on (confirmed on a recce).
The Footsteps of Discovery site is set within 75 acres of mixed deciduous / coniferous woodland between St Austell and Truro, we have the facility to hold residential courses, having three large survival shelters and a yurt for student accommodation (we have hosted in excess of 60 students before now) and tented accommodation for the staff.
There are two main Parachute classrooms, there are also three extra A-Frame classrooms that can be used at any stage with facilities to construct more if required (both parachute and A-Frame classrooms).
We also have a “Primitive Tools Range” where you can learn to shoot catapults, throw knives, throwing stars and axes amongst other things.
We have generators so in the darker times of the year we can still hold activities at night, we even have the facility to hold power point and film presentations.
On residential courses the students will learn to handle food and cook in the outdoors under the tutelage of our qualified staff. This is normally accomplished on two large cooking fires in the main shelter area (provision for special dietary requirements can be made on request).
Facilities for hot and cold drinks are available throughout the day. We also have a kitchen area for cleaning up after Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Subjects that we teach.
- Safe cutting and safe use of a bushknife.
- Greenwood working.
- Flint knapping.
- Cordage making and braiding.
- Knots and lashings.
- Traps and Trapping.
- Small game preparation.
- Basic Fire.
- Advanced Fire.
- Signal location.
- Natural navigation.
Activities that we provide.
- Pilot Down.
- Escape From The Jungle.
- The Desert Survival Problem.
- The Knotting Rail.
- Fungi & Trees.
- Fish & Birds.