#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft

#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on the appropriateness of having campfires on rock, what to do when group morale is low, a recommended magnifying glass for lighting tinders, the dangers of exposure to woodsmoke from campfires and the differences between traditional Scouting and modern bushcraft.

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4 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft

  1. Sadly in 1965 the scout association UK turned away from backwoodsmanship ,as it was called, after the Advance party working group made their report. It was policy to go away from the bushcraft skills. They could not have been more wrong! They also changed the way the scout masters (Scout leaders )were trained and the skills sets were lost on purpose. Despite Bear now being the Chief Scout the skills are still not taught to leaders. They have to find out for themselves. Good for your business though. Thanks again for the sharing of knowledge

    1. Hi Gwyn,

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, it’s interesting how things come full circle.

      Warm regards,


  2. Regarding current policy in scouting, it states 50% of activities must be outdoor related. However they explain that doesn’t mean they need to be outdoors. If you are teaching knot tying that could be classed as an outdoor activity. The organisation doesn’t make it easy for leaders to incorporate many outdoor activities in the form of bushcraft or survival skills because the badges are on modern skills. You need to be creative and flexible. An example is the safety badge for Beavers. It says you must teach then how to safety use a certain amount of tools. I choose tools I use outdoors for camping or bushcraft. Many leaders don’t think out of the box. Some of that is a lack of suitable training within the organisation. From my website I have seen more leaders search for more suitable outdoor activities and have asked for more online resources in relation to this. As you say things go around in circles but leaders need more suitable training hopefully that will be the next step in the organisations development

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