#AskPaulKirtley 67 – Too Many Layers? Bushcraft For Young People. Fires In Deserts.

#AskPaulKirtley 67 – Too Many Layers? Bushcraft For Young People. Fires In Deserts.

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about too many layers, whether Bushcraft an appropriate hobby for a 12-year-old, ideas for teaching simple bushcraft and camping skills to young people indoors during the winter, fires in deserts when you only have twigs, my choice of music for the bush.

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

Getting Started With Bushcraft: Kit Considerations For Beginners

How to Light a Campfire with One Match

#AskPaulKirtley 66: How To Reach The Northern Forest, Generating Interest In Bushcraft, Multi-Purpose Bivvy Bags

10 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 67 – Too Many Layers? Bushcraft For Young People. Fires In Deserts.

  1. Hi Paul,
    Enjoy your instruction greatly!
    I am wondering, if you do not mind me asking,
    from where do you acquire your green Tees I often see you wearing? They look to be an awesome thickness and of course, good color. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Marlida,

      Thanks for your comments. I’m glad you like what I share.

      Do you mean the Swedish M59 shirts?

      Warm regards,


  2. Nature has its own music, but yes, “C’est l’aviron qui nous mene, qui nous mene” does run through my head when I’m paddling my canoe.

  3. Is your up-coming trip a stag do to Benidorm? 😉

  4. Love the photo “indoor, bookcases background”. Let the storm begin “tarp in rain part 2”

  5. It was good to hear people asking about Bushcraft for young people. As Paul mentioned there are many skills that can be taught indoors. The important point is to give the activity some purpose. If you are teaching knots give a purpose for the knot and set challenges and games to test the skills and help them practice with varying degrees of pressure. Paul mentioned a lot of skills that you can practice, at the end of the day is is about using your imagination to make a subject exciting and fun when stuck in a hut on a winters evening.
    Knife skills is always a skill that goes down well with young people. In my view the earlier we teach knife skills the better. Some parents initially ask is it is too dangerous and I explain that knives are dangerous, and that is why it is important to start basic knife skills at an early age. Even if it is teaching about the blood circle and how to hold and pass a knife to someone else. Starting at an early age can make all the difference if or when they come across knives when they are older. Most adults accept and agree with that and then want their children to learn knife skills and I have found they start encouraging you to teach them safe techniques. It is easier to do this indoors with children as you can minimise other distractions. Breaking skills down and developing games and indoor challenges is definitely the best way to teach and make it fun indoors. Also spend the time educating about plants and nature. I prepare samples during the summer to use indoors during winter. Sorry it is a long comment. I am more than willing to help with ideas if people want some.

    1. No problem regarding the length of comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to add to this conversation, as I’m sure other readers of this comment thread will.

      Thank you again for your comments on this site as well as, more broadly, the work you do with young people.

      Warm regards,


  6. Thank you again for another great episode of “Ask Paul Kirtley”. This is for “Derick”, (Please forgive me If I have mis-spelled your name) I was taken out camping i the middle of the woods when I was in my early teens, and we built our own shelters, and we all ad tasks to so around the camp fire. I wish you all the best on your adventures, and you will remember them for the rest of your life. So, have fun, but be careful.
    Now to you Paul, the background is a little messy, but I am in no position to complain as my bookshelves are in more of a mess! I really have no problems with where you make the episodes, I just like the content. Please keep up the good work, and enjoy your upcoming trip!
    All the best Mr Kevin B.

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