Firekeepers and Nature's Apprentice
Gilwell Park Scout Park, 2555 Gembrook-Launching Place Rd, GembrookVictoria
Are you ready to rediscover your inner wild? Do you want to immerse yourself or your family in the wonder and wisdom of nature while learning earth based skills? Do you want your kids to develop a deeper appreciation for living close to nature?
Join us this as we gather together to weave our very own village. Bring along your friends, kids, teens, parents and grandparents to co-create a magical experience of connection, fun, traditional living skills and slowing down in a beautiful bush camp.
Who is this for?
Everyone! This is a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event, with the program open to all. A true village embraces all ages and faces, we welcome diversity.
How does it work?
You arrive with your tent and camping gear to a warm bush welcome. For five days we will explore the natural world around us, we might create fire without matches, make baskets and other earth crafts, play games, share stories around the campfire, laugh and sing, and take a much needed breath of fresh air.
Each morning, kids, youth, littlies and adults will embark on their own adventures, each group exploring, playing in and learning from the natural world. Kids aged 4 and up venture out into the bush with experienced nature connection mentors. Adults embark on their own adventures learning earth-based skills and exploring nature observation and ecological literacy. A Roo & Joey program is offered for parents and their children too young to head out with the kids (usually under 4 years old).
*All of our mentors have Working With Children Checks and qualified First Aiders will be on hand should the need arise.
Around lunchtime, the different groups will return from their adventures and rejoin their families for lunch and a free flowing afternoon. There will be time for village members to play with new friends, practice their new skills, share their talents or just chill out. Some might wish to head off for a wander or take some quiet time to rest and relax.
What about food?
Each family or person will bring their own breakfast, lunch and snacks. There will be some space for campfire cooking, but it would be a good idea to bring your own camp cooking equipment.
Wholesome dinners* will be cooked on and shared around the campfire in the evenings, a space to share stories from our day full of adventures, sing songs and relax in the atmosphere of the tribe. After the evening program we will head to our swags for a restful sleep to prepare for a new day of fun and adventure!
*We are able to cater for omnivorous, vegetarian/vegan, gluten free and dairy free dietary requirements if notified on booking. If this isn’t you, you will need to bring extra food to supplement.
For the kids:
Each morning with the camp mentors, children (aged 4+) will venture into the bush to experience a free flowing exploration of the surrounding bush. The mentors will guide the children’s play in a safe way and enable each child to connect with the natural world around them. We aim to create a safe space in which the children can listen to their own creativity. We will play games, immerse in story and song, wonder at the nature that surrounds us, find animal tracks, and learn wild skills such as fire, shelter and craft. Through this play and exploration, the kids will drop into a new awareness of the wild world around them, connecting more deeply with the plants, the earth, the animals, and with each other.
For the adults:
While the kids adventure out into the wilds, the adults will be invited on their own journey of learning and discovery. We will explore a variety of earth-based skills and crafts which may include fire-by-friction, string making, coal burnt spoon crafting and basket weaving. We will also explore the Core Routines of Nature Connection through skills of observation and awareness, bird language and natural movement. The archetypal ‘wild child’ will come alive through games, nature play and connective activities. There will also be time to share and listen in circle.
For the Roos & Joey's:
A mentor will offer age appropriate activities for Children under 4 and their parents to explore together. This may be close to camp or heading off adventuring. If appropriate the young kids might be able to stay with their adults while they participate in the adult program.
Participation in all activities is optional - we encourage individuals to listen to their own needs and follow their own curiosities.
Prices include camping accommodation, dinner each night and materials for workshops. A 10% discount is available for Concession Card Holders- type in the promotion code "conc" at the checkout.