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Feral Fathers, Savage Sons: a wild woodland weekend

Ages: 7 - 18 years
Group size: 5 - 9
Parents can join in (and pay)
About this experience

**This is a single event that runs over one whole weekend, from 5pm Friday to 4pm Sunday. Two events offered: 5-7 June and 24-26 July**

**A beautiful voucher can be provided if you want to give this experience as a gift - just enquire with mentor**

Make a den with your dad. Sleep in the den with your dad... Make fire. Make a fire outside your den. Use sharp knives next to the fire outside your den. Hunt your dad in the night. Make traps. Get messy. Play games. All of it, with your dad (or uncle, godfather etc).

This weekend packs in everything dads and sons really want to do with each other, but often don't get the chance or the excuse.

In a beautiful piece of woodland and in a lively village atmosphere, we blend bushcraft, survival and the art of mucking around into a thread of activities that are very achievable and a lot of fun. As a big manly tribe, we shall cook and eat together, make friends, learn skills, tell fireside stories and have rip-roaring adventures together, just like dads and sons have for thousands of years.

PRICING:
Every boy must be accompanied by an adult male guardian and the adult must book themselves onto the experience. Therefore the cost of a one boy and one man booking will be £280.
If two boys attend, the adult guardian can attend at no cost. If you book for two boys simply deselect the adult profile but confirm in your booking message the name and relationship of the adult guardian who will accompany.
Please contact me to discuss a further discount for a third child.
Mums: you are very often the gateway to this experience happening it makes a smashing gift to your favourite men.

**If you have a daughter as well, there is no need for her to feel left out - I am also running one for Dads and Daughters - contact me or see the other Feral Fathers listing here on Eequ. You will receive a £30 discount when booking both, received by means of a refund after booking**

N.B. The activities on this camp are suitable for boys aged 7yrs and older. We will provide evening meals and simple breakfasts as well as teas and coffee, but you will need to bring food for 2 packed lunches.

Bookings on this event are subject to Chris Packe's Terms and Conditions. To review these, please copy this link and paste into your web browser:
http://www.chrispacke.com/events/terms-conditions

See in the testimonials on this site just how fantastic 2019's event was. Other feedback from previous similar weekends I have run as an instructor for Wildwise in Devon:

In a word: terrific! Chris was the perfect host, always enthusiastic, incredibly personable - a hit with the young kids and adult kids alike... This is clearly not "just a job" for them, their passion shone throughout the three days. [My son] couldn't have been happier. He was desperately upset to have to leave... he loved his adventure. He still talks about it, and would love to do it all again. Jason, 2019

Chris was on very fine form - even better than last year. His way of 'controlling' by giving us complete freedom to do what we want was brilliant. The weekend made me realise how far both [my son] and I have come in a year, and there's a very real possibility that we'll be back again. Colin, 2019

[My son] had a number of firsts during the weekend which was wonderful to see. What we really enjoyed the most was the freedom of the camp, albeit with initial guidance from Chris and the team, and the way the program for the weekend was completely flexible. I wouldn't change this method for the world as it felt so much more inclusive. James, 2018

We all had an amazing time at the weekend it was very well structured and lots of fun. I highly rated Chris who was able to keep the group together and was brilliant at story telling. Paul, 2018

[My son] had a wonderful time at the camp. Chris is a thoughtful and hardworking leader with a rare gift for understanding and working with children. Alys, 2018

I would like to comment that the success of the weekend is in large part down to Chris as a leader who really involves everyone and makes it a great experience. Jonathan H, 2017

I was particularly impressed with Chris's skills with the young boys: always trying to meet their requests, always listening and guiding them carefully, and especially the care in which he was able to correct problems that needed to be addressed without turning off the child. This is a rare skill in my view and I hope Chris continues to share this gift with young boys. Jonathan P, 2017

About your mentor

I am a Feral Father with a Dangerous Daughter and a Savage Son. I have also been a bushcraft instructor for 5 years now (for 15 years I was an investment banker in London), and I am also a qualified hillwalking guide. One of my favourite things to do is to get groups of fathers and their children out together for exuberant weekends. I am also engaged in mentoring in various ways, as well as coaching and guiding, both adults and children. I have convened a consistent men's fire circle in the woods for over 3 years, I own a woodland where I carry out small scale forestry / conservation projects, and I'm also involved in performing sketch comedy. I have done writing, cartooning... even rap songs. I have taken myself out on a great deal of mountain, woodland and river adventures - love it. I simply love getting families out into nature, helping them equip themselves for their own adventures and realise / remember what fun there is to be had together outdoors.

Strengths you may develop

Learning aims
One aim is for families to learn that, with minimal instruction, they can create a fun, simple and comfortable experience for themselves hanging out in nature. From thereon, it's a possibility anytime.
Typically, dads learn - or remember - just how much fun this stuff is, and how time spent like this with their sons is utterly golden.
Dads and sons come away with greater appreciation of the traditional bushcraft skills of shelter building, fire making and knife work, and the heightened awareness these skills bring.
I’ll provide

Meal

Equipment

Drinks

Safety

Basic DBS  Basic DBS

Enhanced DBS  Enhanced DBS

Risk Assessment  Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance  Public Liability Insurance

Smoke detector  Smoke detector

First aid training  First aid training

First aid kit  First aid kit

Safeguarding training  Safeguarding training

Please note it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Cancellations

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

Cancellation process

Cancel up to 28 days before the event and receive a 75% refund. For cancellations less than 28 days before the event, 100% is payable due to the preparations in advance of the event. After booking, I will send you additional documents including terms of participation (various acknowledgements and understandings around how we will operate). Detailed event information will be circulated in good time ahead of the event.

Chris
This experience is offered by Chris

Forest Row

Chris used to climb mountains and work in the City until he had children, took off the tie, stopped travelling so far away and promptly fell in love with the woods and hills and their associated crafts. He is particularly fired up by running events and programmes that relate to men / fathers / teenage lads. This comes to life as nature-based youth mentoring programmes – year courses for young men such as Wolf Pack (13-16 years) and Odyssey (16-19 years), as well as Feral Fathers (feisty weekend events for fathers and sons / daughters) and convening a monthly men’s fire circle (since 2015). In addition, he does work that is variously described as coaching, mentoring and guiding (he is a qualified hill walking guide), and also sketch comedy, writing, cartooning and songwriting. Chris also finds himself owning a piece of woodland - a place to work, experiment and often to just go to alone and sleep in. He lives in Forest Row and has two children.

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