After our hugely successful October Holidays Bush Craft sessions for primary aged children, we are delighted to offer after school sessions for budding survival experts.
We are based a 15 minute walk from our very own designated private woodland area and we will be offering sessions that will be largely based outdoors (no matter what the weather.)
Please ensure that your child comes dressed appropriately for the day!
-Wellies / sturdy trainers
-Warm jumper / hat / gloves if necessary
-Waterproof trousers and jacket
Dates have now been confirmed and will be run in conjuction with Will Austin of Kayantics here in Moffat. Just meet us at Kayantics (at the entrance to the Caravan Park) for sessions as follows:
Date: 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December 2018
Time: 3.45-5pm (with pick up from Moffat Academy School at 3pm available for an extra £4 per session.)
Cost: £7 per session or £35 for a block of 6 sessions, payable in advance.
(Discounts available for siblings)
Can you pick my child up from Moffat Academy at 3pm?
Yes! We will pick children up at 3pm from the Moffat Academy (sorry not Beattock just yet) for an extra cost.
My child is at nursery - can he come to all the sessions?
Sorry, no! Our "Bush Craft After School Club" sessions are for primary aged children only.
What if they need the loo?!
We would ask you to encourage your children to go to the loo before they attend the sessions, however we understand that they may be caught short whilst there. We'll have a designated "pee tree" which will be discreet or for 'more urgent matters' we'll have a spade for digging a hole! We will also have access to running water for washing hands.
Won't they become ill?
Actually, a study done in Sweden over a 13 month period showed that children accessing outdoor sessions had 25% fewer sick days than those who didn't. Outside air is almost always better than indoors, therefore a child is less likely to be exposed to a virus and bacteria and not as likely to be infected by other children. It has been shown that stress has a negative effect on the immune system, high levels of stress may impact children's ability to resist infection and being outside reduces stress and improves mental health.
What about if it is raining or snowing?
We do have a shelter where cold children can warm up and we usually have a fire on the go. We will only cancel sessions in extreme weather conditions, as advised by Dumfries and Galloway Virtual Operations Support Team who advise during these circumstances. When this occurs, parents will be informed on the morning of the session (or the evening before if we know) and children will meet at Kayantics for an indoor woodland themed experience. All our staff live locally so we will be there whatever the weather! It's really important to dress your children appropriately.
Aren't fires dangerous?
We believe that exposing children to risks is beneficial and evidence shows that they will learn to become careful themselves around fire safety. We make the rules very clear about fire safety and have completed a risk assessment/benefits form for all our activities.
What if there's an accident?
Again, we have very strict policies and procedures for our "Bush Craft After School Club" sessions. There are at least 4 members of staff who have paediatric and/or outdoor first aid. We also have insurance.
What is the sibling discount?
If both children attend all 6 sessions, there is a 10% discount for the second child and a 20% discount for the 3rd child. So, for one child 6 sessions are £35, two children would be £66.50 and 3 children would be £94.50 - bargain!!