New for 2020. A highly popular, back to basics outdoor and adventurous activity. This activity includes lighting fires without matches, campfire cooking, shelter building, creating hammocks and whittling. A great opportunity to work in small teams and achieve together.

Maximum group size: 15

Core Values


Not giving up, Working in a challenging environment, Encouraging others

Team Work

Sharing equipment, Praising each other’s successes, Working together to prepare food.


Keeping yourself safe, Listening to and following instructions, Being patient and taking turns.

National Curriculum Links:


States of matter, observe that some materials change state when they are heated.
Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this is not usually reversible, including changes that are associated with burning.


Understand seasonality and where food comes from.


Use simple compass directions and locational directional language.

We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Fire triangle, whittling, kindling, tarpaulin, hammock, personal safety, materials, reversible, burning, reaction.

Activity Passport Links:

You can complete 7 achievments with this activity.

Make leaf rubbings

Build a den

Pick blackberries

Eat something you have not tried before

Make something out of wood

Cook outdoors

Walk through a forest

National Trust Links:

Cook on a campfire

Forage for wild food

Have fun with sticks

Build a den

Get to know a tree