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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Youth Rangers survive a night in the woods

The ultimate shelter
Last weekend the Eastern Moors Youth Rangers braved an entire night in the woodland below Froggatt Edge.

We’re pleased to announce that despite searing sunshine, pouring rain and an awful lot of spiders, we all survived.


Everyone had a go at building a shelter out of tarpaulins and natural materials such as bracken and branches. A huge well done to Jack Clarke who was the only one (leaders included!) to last an entire night in his extremely well constructed shelter.  

The afternoon was spent whittling bows and arrows, crafting whistles and making bird feeders to hang in the surrounding trees. Having successfully learnt how to light a fire we cooked a hearty dinner of potatoes, apples, popcorn and marshmallows.

Attempting to cook very runny dough over the camp fire.

After gorging ourselves we took a walk out of the woods and on to the edge in search of animal evidence such a tracks and droppings. We were lucky enough to spot a young tawny owl, a pair of woodcock and lots of pipistrelle bats.

Wild Toilet in Eastern Moors colours 
And for those of you wondering what we did when “nature called” check out our Wild Toilet...

If you would like to have a go at surviving a night in the woods yourself, the Eastern Moors Partnership will be running a second event in celebration of the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleep Out.

Survive a Night in the Woods is running  from 11am Saturday 8 August – 10am Sunday 9 August.

Minimum age 9. Adults £25 Children £20, family discounts available.

For more information or to book please call 07738980977 or email

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