$10 – $525

Sun and Stars Bushcraft Day Camp - Term 3

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Baden Powell Park

68 Cash Avenue

Samford Valley, QLD 4520


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Imagine a woodland setting, large pine and gum trees all around, a creek babbling in the background and an open fire in the clearing. A group sits around the campfire together, perhaps weaving, making clay pots, story-telling or eating lunch and drinking tea from the billy. The group is a small village, or family...a tribe if you will...of all ages from crawling babes to respected elders. Now the youth get up to leave, they’re setting out on an adventure. They may be going stalking or tracking, possibly to the creek to try and catch fish or to play a game in the meadow. Birds sing their baseline song in the background of the laughter and conversation. This is the vision of our Day Camp program.

The program is held in 150 beautiful acres of Baden Powell Park Scout campsite in Samford and runs every Monday during term time from 0830-1430.

The program is targeted toward pre-schoolers and home-schoolers from 4 to 17 and the primary goal is to encourage these kids outdoors and to help them become more at home in the bush. We also encourage under 4’s to attend (with their parents) for base-camp activities and Natureplay where they can enjoy being in nature and getting dirty whilst the parents/grandparents/uncles/aunties have a conversation over a hot drink.

It is important to maintain a domestic rhythm for children, and Sun and Stars Bushcraft is no different…our domesticity is simply in nature rather than a house. We will have a ‘living room’ (base-camp), with a hearth and kitchen and under cover in case of inclement weather. We stop for morning tea and lunch and start and end the day with a group circle, keeping the children grounded to their place.

Each week of this term we will study one particular area of bushcraft in its entirety and play games, learn skills, be physically challenged, hear stories and enjoy some Earth Arts all around a central topic...

Week 1 – Animals

Animals paint the most vivid pictures in our minds, whether it’s the inquisitive marsupials, the majestic birds or the buzzing insects, there is a place for all in nature. This week we explore animals that live around us in the Samford Valley, we will become them as we learn their movements and learn to spot and identify them.

Week 2 – Tracking, Foraging and Sourcing

Food and water are essential to survival, and the skills to find these are paramount. This week we investigate the skill of tracking and of finding water. Tracking and awareness are one in the same, one without the other is but half a story, and the same goes for sourcing water.

Week 3 – Plants

Plants are not only used for food, but also for construction, for medicine, fire lighting, insect repellents or indicators of nearby animals. It’s a wonderfully diverse world out there as we explore our local flora in Plant Week and all that they have to offer.

Week 4 - Closed for Public Holiday

Week 5 – Fire

The campfire is quintessential to bush lore, camping, and survival. Learning how to light fires, being safe around fires, managing them and extinguishing them is a crucial skill we investigate this week, but we also investigate its other uses besides cooking, warmth and light…how many more can you think of?

Week 6 – Environmental Awareness

Environment; the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives. This week we will investigate our environment and eco-system from the micro to the macro; from the ants in the ground to the stars in the heavens, how they affect us and how important each is to the greater workings of the whole.

Week 7 – Pioneering

The art and science of building structures such as bridges, shelters or towers with rope and locally sourced timber. The beauty here is not simply the technical knowledge of knots, lashings and anchorages, but it also provides elementary engineering training and is great at developing initiative, resourcefulness and team building. This subject is always popular.

Week 8 – Self Development

Connection to self is one of our core principles and paramount for all humans no matter how old we are. Without getting too deep with the little ones, we can still take stock of ourselves, pay attention study martial arts such as tai chi, or yoga. We can learn to breathe, to express ourselves in art, music or movement…what makes us happy? What are we grateful for? What do we need?

Week 9 – The Tribe

After the self, can come our connection to others, our Tribe, our Community, our Family. This is week 9 because the final week is a celebration of all we have achieved together, it’s a time to dance and celebrate, to play trust games, put on performances and sing, whoop or howl at the tops of our voices.

We keep a strict 6:1 ratio with our groups ensuring there are always enough mentors to have one to every 6 children.


The current rates for this 8-week term are as follows;

Stardusts; 0-3, $10 - This age group remain under the care of their parent or guardian, and so the fee is reduced, however, we appreciate the $10 to help toward our site hire, resources, firewood, insurances and so forth.

Moon Rovers; 4-8, $65 - This pre-school age makes up the majority of our group and are taken on many immersive experiences in the bush by our experienced mentors. If you wish to stay, you are most welcome at base-camp where you can relax with a cup of tea and keep warm by the fire while your children adventure. They will all return to base-camp for morning tea and lunch to regale the stories of their day.

Star Finders; 8-12 $75 - These home-schooled children enjoy the same activities as the Moon Rovers except that they will also have additional activities open to them as they are more capable and physically able. Activities such as abseiling, climbing, pioneering, navigation, compass use, knife skills, archery etc require motor skills, strength and discipline beyond those under 8 years old. They also attract higher insurance premiums, expensive equipment and mentor expertise to run safely, hence the slightly higher rate.

Sun Seekers; 13-16 $75 - These older teens will join in the same activities as the others, however, they will be encouraged to take on more leadership roles. Not in an overwhelming way, but perhaps they will run a game, or help the younger ones through a string walk or take charge of some camp duties. They are ‘coming of age’ and the time most cultures undertake a ‘rites of passage’. In our small way, they will be slowly and carefully ushered into a more senior role (while firmly remaining an attendee) giving them responsibility, and providing a role model for the others to look up to.


We request that all parents get their child to morning circle on time. This not only helps all the children transition well into the day, but we are only at the meeting tree for a short time before walking to base camp, so late drop offs can get particularly tricky.

We actively encourage kids to be dirty, play with clay, splash in the river and so forth, so clothes you are happy for them to do this in are a must.

Please also send your child with the following items;

  • An appropriately sized backpack (even for the young ones) in that pack will be;

  • A packed lunch

  • Water bottle

  • Spare change of clothes

  • Rain jacket/sun hat etc as appropriate to conditions*

All other materials will be provided by Sun and Stars Bushcraft. We will provide a morning tea of fruit, popcorn and the choice of water, tea or hot chocolate to drink.

*we run our programs in all conditions except storms and will adjust any plans according to the weather that day. Part of being in the bush means learning to handle rain and sun alike, but we must dress appropriately to this end.

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