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Practising old skills – Outdoor Ed

Last week was all about toasting marshmallows over the fire, this week has been all about the hot drinks. The weather has been dry for most of the sessions but we’ve had a couple of very cold days so the hot drinks have been very welcome. The photo doesn’t do justice to the impressive rainbow that took the edge off the one rainy session this week.

It’s been a week of practising old skills and learning new ones. Students have been honing their use of the storm kettle to boil water, practising starting a fire with a steel and fire rod and learning how to manage larger fires and how to extinguish them safely.

We’ve had a couple of new students join groups this week and both have fitted in really well. It’s been great watching the social interactions between students working in pairs of teams to build a fire and serve drinks. A fire and a brew has been a great tool to help our new students find their place in the group and for some our existing students to come out of their shells more.


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