Frequently Asked Questions
In the winter we have a distinctively heavier after school program schedule plus day camps during the week and school holidays. We still focus on the same skills and core routines as we do in the warm seasons. There is great benefit to learning about plants and trees in their winter phases, starting a fire in inclement weather, or how to build warm shelter in the wintertime.
If your child shows sustained interest in wilderness skills or naturalist studies, that list can expand. Get them a good knife. Educate yourself about gear, about what a good base layer and shell is, so they are comfortable in all weather conditions, and teach them how to care for that specialized clothing and equipment. Investment in guidebooks – which we can help train your child how to use – is also advised for the inspired student.
In one class, they will get introduced to the skill and start down the long road of understanding the principles and history of primitive technologies such as fire by friction.
In the fire by friction example, there are instances, albeit rare, where someone gets something like fire by friction on the first go. More typically, these are actually very difficult skills to master, as the tools have to be harvested properly, made properly, and then the coordination and timing be absolutely perfect in order to pull it off. From there, consistency in making fire using a wide array of harvested materials and in all types of weather is the sign of a true master of the art. As an example, we consider fire by friction such a difficult art to master that a repeated display of competency with multiple materials in multiple weather scenarios is considered a serious milestone for the most dedicated students. We have an entire Quest series centered around that particular skill.