In this modern age of smartphones and smart TVs, there is still a place for knots, bivouacs, and tales of incredible fortitude. The one thing people always seem to say about their childhood is that they wish they had spent more time being a child and less time trying to grow up. This is a blog dedicated to recapturing tour weekends and those long summer days – because, as long as you know how to look, you can discover your inner child once more.Childhood is all about curiosity and for me I enjoyed nothing more than tales of heroism such as Scott of the Antartic or the defense of Rorke’s Drift as much as I enjoyed working in the garden with my grandparents. You’ll find heroic stories on this blog, camp crafts, and skills – as well as great books, how to’s and childhood throwbacks.
How do I navigate using the stars? How can I make a whistle with a branch and a knife, or what knots can I use to make a shelter? You’ll find the answers on this blog. I am no woodsman, I am no expert, this blog is a way of sharing my experience of learning new skills and retelling old stories.The stories of courage can be read as simple reads – or perhaps as inspiration, examples of extraordinary acts by extraordinary people. Not only do these stories put into perspective how lucky we are in our modern lives rather they are part of who we are and how we are standing on the shoulders of giants.
This blog is not a campaign for ‘making this great again’ nor will it use the phrase ‘back in my day’. Children today are the same as they always were, interested in trying new things and exploring the world around them. They may have different struggles and conquer different worlds, but we can learn from the past to inform our future.
When you grow up you realise everything changes, but when you are a child you know different. The camp you make today will be in your memory forever. The skills you learn today may help you in the future; no matter how far away that may be. The most dangerous six words in our language are ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ Why not try something new, why not?