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Green Men: a tribe of fathers and sons

Ages: 10 - 14 years
Group size: 8 - 10
Parents must stay (and pay)
About this experience

Green Men is a community of fathers and sons (aged 10-14) gathering monthly in the woods through the passage of a year. It's a place where bonds can be forged and strengthened, fun can be had, skills acquired, and experiences shared and explored.

The group is led by Chris Packe - bushcraft instructor, mentor and guide (see profile below). It takes the form of:
- Ten 3-hour sessions one Saturday morning roughly each month, 0930-1230, from March 2020 to February 2021, excluding August
- One catered overnighter running from 12pm Sat - 12pm Sun on July 18-19 2020
- Total price of £375 for a father/son pair (£25 per 3hr session and £125 for overnighter)
- Alternative payment option of £150 deposit, and balance payment of £250 on 1 May 2020 after 2 sessions (£400 total); contact me to discuss/book this option

Participants sign up to the whole programme. This would not be a drop-in type format: a strong level of commitment and high attendance rate is necessary in order to build the sort of meaningful and hearty atmosphere we are looking for.

Please note that the accompanying men do not have to be fathers. Father-figures - whether grandfathers, godfathers, uncles or family friends - would be most welcome.

WHAT WE'LL DO
Physical activities: we'll get our teeth into a range of bushcraft and survival skills (see below), providing a focus for the sessions, and also a means of softening us up for a bit of...
Meaningful conversation: this is a skill in itself, and something that can really unfold if a tight-knit group develops, meets regularly, and gets used to talking about real things as well as doing things

SKILLS LEARNED
The group can direct and decide what it wants to do, but we might choose to do any or all of the following:
- Firecraft: From matches to firesteels and on to ancient methods of fire by friction. Making fire when the weather is against you. Making tinder and gathering natural tinder. Fire building techniques and strategies
- Knifecraft: Knife techniques. Whittling tools and utensils
- Nature awareness: Using the senses. How to notice more. Sneaking through the woods, trying to creep up on deer and see how close we can get
- Campcraft: How to set up a wild camp and actually enjoy it. Knots and how to put up tarps and hammocks. Sleeping systems and strategies. Tool use and maintenance esp. axe and saw. Cooking on an open fire
- Survival: Natural shelters, water purification, survival foods, deadfall traps, natural cordage, basic first aid, navigation
- Foraging: Finding and using handy plants. Seasonal nibbles. Tree I.D.
- And probably a large amount of games

The beauty of these skills is that they can be taken home to the rest of the family, equipped as you will be to make yourselves and others at home in the outdoors.

Bookings on this course 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

If you are interested in this programme, book here now, or contact Chris to discuss further, using the purple Contact Mentor button at the top of the page.

Chris also runs two through-the-year mentoring and adventuring programmes: "Wolf Pack" for 13-16 and "Odyssey" 16-19 year old young men. These can be found here on Eequ, just use the 'Search Experiences' function, or visit:
http://www.chrispacke.com/youth-programmes/

See Chris's writings pertinent to Green Men and his other programmes on his blog, Insights from the Outdoors, at www.chrispacke.com

About your mentor

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.

Strengths you may develop

Learning aims
The main lessons will come from our own reflections, inspired also by other people's experiences, in the transition from primary to secondary
We will also learn a host of the skills the outdoorsman needs, facilitating a lifetime of adventure
I’ll provide

Equipment

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.

  • No refunds will be given for individual sessions missed or cancelled during the experience.

Cancellation process
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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