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Leader Skills Weekend 1

15th March 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 17th March 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Want to learn a few new skills or brush up on some old ones? Join us for a fantastic weekend at Queen Charlotte’s Wood, socialising with other Adult Leaders and enjoy participating in the activities for once!

The course will run over two days in two groups of 8. A full day of the course will be delivered by outdoor accredited Bushcraft instructors who will teach you plethora of skills, techniques and teaching methods you can use with your Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers. The other day will be spent trying out and learning a number of other outdoor activities including GPS Navigation, Climbing, Archery and Pyrography.

Who Should Attend?

The event is open to all adult appointments in Mersey Weaver. The course will cater to everyone from the complete novice to the seasoned outdoorsman looking to hone their skills! The course is designed to be more in-depth and intimate than the Skills weekend organised by County and will allow you to explore the resources we are incredibly fortunate to have on our doorstep.

Course Syllabus

Group A

Group B

Time Saturday Sunday  Saturday Sunday
0830 Arrive / Breakfast briefing Breakfast briefing Arrive / Breakfast briefing Breakfast briefing
0900 Knife Skills Intro GPS Navigation Activity & Outdoor Climbing Taster GPS Navigation Activity & Outdoor Climbing Taster Knife Skills Intro
1000 Knife Skills Project Knife Skills Project
1100 Saw Skills Intro Saw Skills Intro
1200 Plant and Tree Walk Plant and Tree Walk
1300 Game Prep / Lunch Lunch Lunch Game Prep / Lunch
1400 Axe Skills Intro Branding & Pyrography

Gas Safety, Lamps & Stoves

Archery Taster

Branding & Pyrography

Gas Safety, Lamps & Stoves

Archery Taster

Axe Skills Intro
1500 Shelter Building Intro Shelter Building Intro
1600 Tool Maintenance Tool Maintenance
1700 Game Prep / Dinner Debrief & depart Game Prep / Dinner Debrief & depart
1800 Fire Lighting Fire Lighting
1900 Cordage & Projects Cordage & Projects
2000 Campfire & Chill Campfire & Chill

Each session will run for approximately 45min with 15min for tea/coffee and questions.

Leaders will also be shown how to site and setup a hammock tarp.


We have managed to negotiate a significant discount from the Bushcraft instructor who would normally charge £120 for a 1 night course. In addition the District Executive have agreed to subsidise the cost of the event further by waiving camping fees.


All meals will be included over the weekend. Including brews and biscuits.

Breakfast Saturday:   Bacon (or vegi alternative) rolls
Lunch Saturday:         Pigeon, Chicken, Veg &  Pasta of Rice side
Dinner Saturday:       Rabbit & Veg Stew, Homemade Bread, Homemade Cake
Breakfast Sunday:   Bacon (or vegi alternative) rolls

Lunch Sunday:         Pigeon, Chicken, Veg &  Pasta or Rice side

Please let us know of any dietary requirements.


All camp fees are included in the cost. Participants are invited to camp from the Friday evening (bring your own evening meal) or you can arrive between 8:00 – 8:30am on the Saturday morning. Participants are encouraged to to camp on the Saturday night for the best experience bushcraft experience but this is not mandatory. We will provide hammocks and tarps and a couple of tree tents for any leaders who would like have either of these two experiences, alternatively you can bring your own tent or test out the shelters you built!

What to wear/bring


  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Synthetic/Wool Baselayer
  • Polyester Fleece (& spare)
  • Synthetic Trousers
  • Synthetic Liner Sock
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Boots/Strong Shoes
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff

In bag:

  • Tent (if don’t intend to hammock)
  • Sleeping Bag & Blanket
  • Insulating Mat / Thermarest
  • Bowl/Plate
  • Cutlery/Spork
  • Insulated Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Headtorch
  • Change of clothes
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Gardening Gloves

N.B. Please do not bring your own axes, knives and saws. These will all be provided.


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15th March 2019 @ 7:00 pm
17th March 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Oliver Chambers


Queen Charlotte’s Wood Activity Centre
Queen Charlotte's Wood
Alvanley, United Kingdom
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