At the recent Bushcraft Show, Steve, our founder, was invited to present on the main stage. His talk was about ‘Bushcraft & Wilding’.

The talk did not intend to go into all aspects of ‘wilding’ and the concepts, but rather to give some food for thought and aspects to consider in relation to Bushcraft.

Steve said “Generally I prefer the term ecological restoration (wilding and rewilding both have specific meanings) but wilding has become an everyday term and as such is very relevant.”

“What ever we call it, we really all need to give a lot more thought to ecological systems, biodiversity and all our impacts on nature.”

You can watch Steve’s presentation by clicking this link: Bushcraft & Wilding

Before discussing the benefits of joining the Nearly Wild Camping Club, it’s important to note that camping, in general, can offer a range of physical and mental health benefits. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase overall wellbeing. Additionally, camping provides an opportunity for physical activity such as hiking and swimming.

Now, when it comes to the Nearly Wild Camping Club, there are many benefits to consider. First and foremost, this club allows campers to experience nature in a more authentic and immersive way. Rather than staying at a crowded campsite with full amenities, Nearly Wild Camping facilitates camping in more remote and natural settings. This can offer a greater sense of peace and solitude, as well as a chance to connect more deeply with the environment.

Another benefit of joining the Nearly Wild Camping Club is the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge related to outdoor living. The club offers workshops and educational resources on topics such as bushcraft, wilderness survival, and sustainable living practices. This can be not only personally enriching but also empowering in terms of feeling more confident and capable in the outdoors.

In addition, Nearly Wild Camping prioritizes environmental responsibility and sustainability. The club operates in a way that minimizes harm to the natural areas where they camp, and they encourage others to do the same. This makes membership a worthwhile investment for those who value protecting and preserving the environment

Finally, joining the Nearly Wild Camping Club provides access to a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for outdoor adventure and sustainable living. This can foster new friendships, support networks, and opportunities for group activities and trips.
Overall, joining the Nearly Wild Camping club offers a unique and rewarding camping experience that prioritizes nature, sustainability, and community.

The details for the Experience Weekend are:

The date                          19th – 21st May

The location                    Midlands

The experience               Bushcraft

Experience provider       Dave Watson

The location for the Camp was in the Midland, set in a peaceful, idyllic, 10 acre organic orchard, set in Shropshire’s rolling hills.

This Themed Camp combined the opportunity to join a Nearly Wild Camping social event along with the opportunity to learn from an experienced thematic provider. This first one focused on bushcraft.

Here is what some of the Members said about the Experience Weekend:

  • “It’s been really fun”. (6 year old).
  • “The pace is lovely”.
  • “I’m a bit bowled over by what you’re all giving. I see your passion”.
  • “Being a social means that you don’t need to break the ice; it’s a real game-changer”. It
    helps having a bit of focus, enjoys the skillshare.
  • “It’s fun, I enjoy being with people with similar interests.”.

  • “Socially it’s fun, I had a really good evening last night with people I’ve only just met.

  • “A fantastic opportunity to take time out of a busy life”

  • “Brilliant”.

  • “It’s been really good. I don’t often do things like this, but I’ve found it really accessible, lovely
    people and we’ve done some really interesting things. I would definitely recommend it”.

More about Dave Watson

In 1995 Dave set up Woodland Survival Crafts and is one of the most experienced trainers of Bushcraft in the UK. In 2007 he instigated the now Bushcraft Professional Practice Group within the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Along with other professionals they has been championing good practice within the outdoor profession, creating suitable awards along the way.