What a wonderful time we all had in the woods! A fantastic way for so many of us to start coming out of lockdown. By the end of our time we had all remembered how to socialise and be with other people again. We all needed this as much as all our wildtribers!
The whole B2W Team had such a top time. All of the young people that came were a complete joy to be with, well mannered, inspirational and each individual breathed life and soul back into the camp in Hall wood.
We loved the scavenger hunt and games we played.... In fact I would say there wasn’t a single bit that we didn’t enjoy! However, we were especially impressed with the way everyone supported and encouraged each other, from camp set up and cooking to sleeping out under the stars.
The drumming round the fire was a real highlight for us. There was something rather magical and moving to hear the sounds and rhythms echo across the woodland landscape, led by our guests Drumlove while we sat round the fire. We all loved, relaxed and settled into a very authentic and unexpectedly spontaneous story telling session with long standing B2W friend Kevin Bishop just before bed, accompanied with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
The calm and focus of the morning willow weaving session felt reflective, full of achievements and happiness. It was truly fantastic what the young wildtribers all managed to create with our guest workshop leaders Clyde and George from Wicker Willow in such a short amount of time.
Coming together for one final activity planting a young sapling oak tree, spouted from an acorn sourced in the very woodland we stood. Planted by one of our wild tribers, in a third lockdown, during online zoom sessions known as our DEFRY on-line project. We stood in one last circle of gratitude by the new oak tree, bringing our shared accomplishment of sleeping out and surviving the wild. With so much thanks for being able to finally get together, spend time in the woods, make new friends, learn new skills and be held by a gentle warm breeze.
Huge thank you to all the young people of our wild tribe, our wonderful volunteers, the wider B2W team and our funders that make these programmes happen!
Feeback from our Wild Tribe ....
Back to the wild was great, my favourite part (apart from the marshmallows) was the stories around the campfire. They were really good. I wouldn't have changed anything. I definitely think we should do marshmallows on future camps.