"THERE'S NO WIFI IN THE FOREST BUT I PROMISE YOU WILL FIND A BETTER CONNECTION"
BUSHCRAFT | NATURE SCIENCE | ENVIRONMENT
Wildeye Family Camps offers fun outdoor activities in bushcraft catered towards families and youth. With an added element of nature science & environmental education. As well as sharing bushcraft skills, a focus on the science of trees is applied, whilst sharing knowledge on the fascinating world of tree & fungi communication.
It's important encourage both youth and adults to keep a close relationship to the natural world and the best way to connect with the nature is by spending time in it. The human brain behaves differently in the outdoors, it actually works better.
Learning bushcraft/survival skills is a chance to get creative and problem solve using what nature provides. You will discover and learn more about the fascinating world of trees & nature.
Building natural shelters, learning how to start a fire without using lighters or matches. a fire using natural materials, going on a woodland walk and adopting tree and plant knowledge along the way
Wildeye Adventures shares outdoor education in the aims of promoting self-reliance, environmental awareness and personal responsibility towards the natural world.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
CREATE YOUR OWN CAMP
Our day time and overnight camps are for families, youth or community groups wishing to spend time in woodlands learning bushcraft skills & outdoor education.
Learn how to create natural shelters, practise different fire lighting methods and create a comfortable camp to sleep in for the night.
Sit by your camp fire at night and toast some marsh mellows.
Our courses our instructors share their knowledge on trees and conservation.
All courses and overnight camps are self-catered, so please bring enough food with you for the duration of stay. You will be provided with a kit and food ideas list and advised on what to bring before arriving on camp.
Our overnight experience gives you the chance to put learned bushcraft skills into practise.
Our full day bushcraft course can last from 6 - 8 hours. You will be taught the essential skills needed to set yourself up for either a full day or overnight stay in the woods.
Getting away from the city and immersing the family in nature can be a rewarding experience. You will gain knowledge on fire making, shelter building, helpful knots, setting up and hammocks & bashas, tarp uses, making fire torches and more.
A full day in the woods gives you a chance to get creative, set your imagination wild, connect with your loved ones and put in to practice learned bushcraft skills.
You will spend time away from all the gadgets and put your abilities to the test out in the woods.
Our overnight camps are the best way to put your shelter making abilities to the test, come rain or shine.
Arrive on camp for 10am. You will spend most of the day gaining knowledge on skills of the wild and be taught the essential bushcraft skills required to set you up for a night in the woods.
Be prepared to cook your own food over a fire with no lighters.
Collect your own tinder & fuel, prepare & cook your own food and get yourself comfortable for a night in the woods, sleeping in the camp you.
In other words, after a long day of bushcraft & survival training and guidance from our instructors. You will be prepared with the required education, enough to be responsible for you own personal well being. Life is what you make it and this becomes even more a reality in the woods.
Wildeye Adventures is not a bubble wrapped experience. When the sun begins to set our instructors will be on site, but possibly out of site. Your health and safety is in your own hands for a night of independently sleeping out in the woods. The more creative effort you put into the survival techniques and practices, the better outcome and experience you will have.
The next morning when you wake to the sound of the singing birds and sunlight bursting through the trees (hopefully!) you will re-light your fire, make your own breakfast, begin dismantling your shelters, clean up camp and put out all fires in the correct manner.
We always apply 'Leave No Trace' to our camps and leave the woods how we found them.
It's time to go wild, let nature provide and put physical and mental strengths to the test.
WHAT YOU MAY EXPECT ON CAMP:
NATURAL SHELTER BUILDING
CAMP SET UP
BASHAS & HAMMOCKS
DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE FIRE
COOKING OVER A FIRE
BUSHCRAFT TOOLS & KIT
SIGNALLING FOR HELP
NATURAL FIRE TORCHES
ARTS & CRAFTS
STORIES ON LIVING IN THE WILD
LEAVE NO TRACE
Our woodland sites are located in Kent. One is a 112 acre woodland in High Brooms run by a local family, the woodland was passed down by family generations.
There is even a history to the site and archeologists have visited the grounds to study.
We also work in a private 23 acre ancient woodland located in Brasted Chart near Sevenoaks. Please enquire as to whether you have a preference to which woodland you would like to organise your camp in. Otherwise, keep an eye out on the courses we may run during the year.
What do I need to bring?
You will be provided with a kit list via email before arriving on camp. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and dress for the woods. Good outdoor boots or trainers are required as woodland floor may slippery or muddy in wet weather.
What do I wear?
In hot weather, please make sure you bring a pair of shorts and t-short. A sun hat and sun glasses are useful. Whatever the weather, bring warm clothing as British weather is unpredictable.
A warm jumper or hoodie for night time and a good jacket throughout the day to keep you warm, just in case.
Please bring a light water proof jacket, you can buy these cheap from any big retailer, go to the camping or outdoor section.
You don’t need to buy lot of expensive outdoor gear for this experience, but if you live in England, then you understand what the unpredictable weather can be like. Please bring some warm thick socks for night time. Jeans aren’t that great in the outdoors, if they get wet or muddy, it gets uncomfortable.
Are there any toilets?
There are no toilets on site so please be prepared in going back to the basics. Bring enough toilet tissue and hand sanitiser for the day or overnight camp. You will be given a woodland awareness briefing that will prepare you for your all wild experience. You’ll be out of the comfort zone but it’s all part of the experience.
Shall I bring a first aid kit?
Please bring a small first aid kit with you on overnight camps. Plasters, anti-septic cream, anti-histamine.if you suffer from any allergies please bring appropriate medications along. Wildeye Adventures is not responsible for carrying any personal medications. Please bring insect repellent and suncream for hot weather.
Is there parking?
There is no car park but there will be places to park your car on both our woodland sites. In wet weather, please make sure you do not drive on the grass in our surrounding fields, as you may have trouble getting out again! Stick to the concrete paths.
You will be instructed on where to park on arrival. Look out for Wildeye Adventures signs or staff.
Are there any ticks or mosquitoes?
There are no ticks in our woods, however, there is deer around and where there is deer, there may be ticks. Regardless of limited ticks, please do always check your body throughly after visiting any woodland. Lyme disease is caused by ticks and can lead to illness and death, in serious cases. However, there have been no cases of ticks in our woods on our past camps.
In the summer around sunset times in the fields, or around the lake, there may be mosquitoes so please bring insect repellant. In the woods there aren:t that many, and camp fires also help to keep the bugs away.
What wildlife will I see?
This really depends on how quiet and sneaky you can be. There is deer on both woodland sites we operate on.
Maybe in the morning times, or around sunset time, you may spot a deer.
Deer has been spotted on both our sites on past camps. You’ll have to have a quiet wonder and see what you can find.
FOOD & WATER
There is drinking water on both our sites if you need to refill your water bottles or flasks. Camp Wildeye is self-catered unless stated otherwise.
on day camps you are required to bring a packed lunch and snacks.
You will be given ideas and instructions on what to bring food & equipment wise after booking.
Do bring enough food or drink for the duration of your over night stay and please be aware that this is a non-alcoholic & drug free camp aimed towards youth, family and community.
Wildeye Adventures is not responsible for any food on camp, any allergies or food requirements you may have are your own personal responsibility. Please inform instructors of any allergies before arriving on camp if you feel they may effect your experience.
Please understand that this experience is encouraging personal self-reliance and self-responsibility.
You will be camping and cooking your own food over an open fire come rain or shine, so please be prepared with snacks. British weather is unpredictable but hopefully with the cracking shelter you would have built, your sufficient wood supply, rain will not stop you from surviving a night in the woods.
Wildeye Adventures shares outdoor education in the aims to promote a connection to the natural world and self-sufficiency. Please be aware that you are responsible for your own health and safety whilst on camp.
Please ensure that you bring any required medications needed with you and take personal responsibility for them. We cannot carry or look after any medications on your behalf.
Please be aware that we encourage having a strong sense of awareness towards the environment whilst on camp, bring rubbish bags to take away any rubbish you may have off camp. Do not leave any litter in the woods. Please do not burn plastic on camp fires as this can create toxic chemicals which may be harmful to health and the environment. Please do not burn any cans or glass bottles on fires. If not burned out properly they can leave behind sharp objects which may harm wildlife.
Wildeye Adventures is not responsible for any food you bring on camp and all food is your own responsibility. There are no shops in the woods so do organise yourself or your group before arrival on camp and come prepared for an overnight experience in the woods.
These camps are catered towards families & youth groups. We tolerate a no alcohol and drugs policy on Camp Wildeye.
Wildeye Adventures does not supply any food for evening meals.
There are no kitchen facilities on camp, after bushcraft training your camp is your own creation and you will be cooking food over an open fire.
Please bring a small first aid kit with you, self-treat & self-care if and when needed. Woodlands are a wild and natural environment. Be aware that there may be trip hazards from tree roots or uneven ground, observation skills are needed. Look out for poisonous or stinging plants such as Foxglove, Nettles or Bramble.
Wildeye Adventures instructors are not responsible for any injuries or illnesses that may occur whilst on camp. We will happily share our first aid advice and offer friendly support but your personal health is in your own hands please.
Thank you for your understanding. Stay wild.