Learning bushcraft survival skills in the wilds of 'Comer

Mary Cody

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Getting to grips with life in the wilderness is an invigorating experience and ten youngsters took to the wilds of the North Kilkenny hills last week to learn the requisite survival skills.

The Easter Camp was run by Wild Things and took place over three days last week at the Castlecomer Discovery Park.

The children were taught bushcraft, including rope skills, shelter building, swing building and catapult making.

Wild Things is the brainchild of Monica Fleming and Andrea Woodgate who teach bushcraft.

“We do den building and teach the children survival techniques. It is a lot of fun,” said Andrea.

All the participants enjoyed the camp and eight-year-old T.J Holden from Castlecomer explained that he had learned lots about plants.

“It is brilliant - we learned all about the different types of plans and also how to light a fire with flint and steel,” he said.

Eoghan Conroy (9) from Conahy and his brother Oisin (12) were also more than happy with the den then had created from an upturned stump, moss and branches.

The group also made utensils from clay and were taught how to make their own bows and arrows from materials foun d on the forest floor.

Activity Manager, Jo McCarthy explained that outdoor learning is an important aspect to the Discovery Programme.

“Outdoor learning is an integral part of the programme of events at the park and we have lots of exciting, new projects in the near future,” he added