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Monday 16 December 2019

Bushcraft savvy scouts on Foulksmills safari

Harry Long, Josh Shannon, Alex Breen and Eanna Grennan, Ballykelly scouts, at the event
Harry Long, Josh Shannon, Alex Breen and Eanna Grennan, Ballykelly scouts, at the event

Scouts and cubs from Ballykelly and New Ross groups stayed in a newly developed forested campsite near Foulksmills through Airbnb recently, learning the skills of bushcraft.

The scouts pitched tents and prepared for a cold and windy night. Timber harvester Pat Doyle spoke about the management of the forestry on site, the species planted and end uses of the timber. The scouts then took samples from the adjacent river to look for aquatic macroinvertebrates and quality indicator species.

After setting up an assault course, the scouts cooked dinner and dessert. Scouts slept in a range of tents including the insulated safari tents with stoves on site, which made the chilly night very bearable.

The following morning scouts cooked breakfast bushcraft-style by weaving frying pans out of branches and poaching omelettes in a bag before finishing up an enjoyable winter camp. The event was part of a pilot programme being developed by Irish Wood Producers with support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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