This is a practical, hands-on course delivered entirely outdoors in an expedition base-camp setting.

Next Course Dates: 13th/14th May 2023

The course covers everything you will need to deliver the scout survival skills activity badge, and to run bushcraft camps for your section. It also provides an opportunity to learn bushcraft skills in a safe and supportive environment which will increase your general confidence in the outdoors.

The course involves all participants sleeping out under tarps, preparing fish, and cooking all meals over open fires. Extensive use will be made of knives and each participant will be given a Frost Mora training knife and tarpaulin covered by course fees.

Some of course contents are:

  • Lighting fires using a variety of types of ignition – firesteel, flint and steel, fire by friction using the bowdrill method
  • Using knives safely, knife law, care and sharpening
  • Shelter: Improvising shelters from tarps, making shelters from natural materials
  • Water: Finding and purifying water
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Finding wild food, preparing meat for cooking, cooking over open fires
  • Survival theory, why things go wrong, the mental aspects of survival.

Cost: £50 for Surrey Leaders

Please book here: Training Bookings | Surrey Scouts (

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls