Coyote Club

The perfect introduction for your children to the great outdoors, lots of exciting events are planned throughout the weekend including:

The all important knife workshop which introduce the safety and fundamental use of knives & Fire Safety Workshop. Program of activities listed below. The first event for the coyote kids club and the coyotes will be a mandatory knife safety workshop on Friday morning. This  will be run by Ian Cresswell from Lonescout Bushcraft.

A note about Coyote & Coyote kids classes

The knife safety is run each morning so if you miss one, just like buses, there will be another along. Some of the other classes can only run at certain capacities not only for safety but to make sure those attending get a full learning experience. This means that your child may not always be able to attend the exact class you want them to do sometimes. We strive to keep as many activities rolling throughout the weekend for the younger bushcrafters with the den building, various archery and axe throwing stands and there is always something happening at the Wilderness Gathering Drop-in stand. There is a wealth of demonstrators on site who will gladly share skills and knowledge and answer questions patiently and there is always the swing park too.

The Coyotes is run by Ian Cresswell from Lonescout Bushcraft, he brings his infectious enthusiasm to share with the young bushcrafters that choose to join him over the weekend. He will be ably assisted for 2018 by Rowland Jones.

Coyotes activities for the 2018

  • Fire Making in various ways - Down in the Woods
  • Making Fish & Shellfish traps from rubbish - Coastal Survival
  • Charcoal Pencil Making - Bushcraft Education
  • Firelighting - Serious Outdoor Skills
  • Tree & Plant Walks - Down in the Woods
  • Carving Wood Cookies - Central Somerset Outdoor
  • Owl Pellet Dissection - Bushcraft Education
  • Cordage from various plants - Down in the Woods
  • Char Cloth, Flint & Steel, have a go - Survival School Bristol
  • Team Fire by Friction - Survival School Bristol
  • Ponassing fish over open fire - Down in the Woods
  • Nettle String making - Handmade in Blighty
  • Pot Hangers/Campfire Gadgets - Dave Watson
  • Medicine Making - Jackie Saull-Hunt
  • Peg Loom Weaving - Central Somerset Outdoor
  • Bone Wind Chimes, Sounds of Life and Death - Zeki Basan
  • Make a Willow 'Berry Picker's Basket - Wyldwood Willow
  • Pole Lathing- Ben Orford
  • Make Your Own Leather Tinder Bag - Woodland Ways
  • Catapults - John Muirden
  • Camoflauge and Concealment - Ian Cresswell
  • Fire Lighting by various means - JP

"The feedback we received from the Coyotes over the weekend was excellent, as was the feedback from their parents. We have received just as positive feedback over the last few weeks, and word has gotten out even to people who weren't there!!"

For the 2018 Gathering, Sarah Robertshaw will co-ordinate, engage and enthrall the 5 to 10 year old Coyote kids with her own unique approach to bushcraft. Also helping out will be the Hampshire Scout Group.

Coyote Kids activities for the 2017 gathering

  • Charcoal Pencils and Cave Art - Survival School Bristol
  • Leaf Prints on Linen to make Pictures - Down in the Woods
  • Damper Bread - Survival School Bristol
  • Basket Work - Wyldwood Willow
  • Campfire Gadgets - Woodland Survival Crafts
  • What to do in an Emergency - Survival Medical
  • Nettle/Lime Cordage and Elder Bracelets - Down in the Woods
  • Leaf Print Candles - Willow Lohr
  • Firelighting and Tinder - Bushcraftuk School
  • Medicine Making - Jackie Saull-Hunt
  • Twig Picture Frames - Down in the Woods
  • Tracking & Obsevation Games - Down in the Woods
  • Camp Craft
  • Team Building and Initiative Challenges
  • Cordage
  • Make a sun clock
  • Weather Station
  • Journey Stick
  • Stalking Games
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Trail Codes

"For over 10 years Sarah Robertshaw, APIOL has been working with children and adults in the outdoors using the natural environment as a tool to inspire people. Coming initially from a youthwork and counselling background Sarah turned her skills to development training, teambuilding and then bushcraft and Forest School!"