Even though it was a bit misty and cold, 14 members of Craggers met up in Tarner Park on Saturday 11 March at 11.00. Tony was leading the first session of Craggers’ Survival And Bushcraft School, (SABS).
First the children did a rescue drill. They had to pretend one of them was injured and they had to move him using available kit. This kit was a basha, which is a kind of big sheet. They folded it over and after the casualty had been rolled onto it, everyone took an edge and it became a make shift stretcher. We carried the casualty round the park this way.
We then worked on knots. We practiced the Evenk knot, A round turn and 2 half hitches, a bowline, and Prussik. We will use these knots to secure our basha shelter on the bivi-out.
We did a bit of knife work. We practiced whittling and notching to make tent pegs.
Everyone seemed to have fun learning these new skills and it was good to see new people joining Craggers.