Bushcraft – Bear Grylls style

Year 8 pupils have enjoyed a fantastic virtual Bushcraft day, learning survival techniques from Anna Humphries, who is an instructor at the Bear Grylls Academy.

With over ten years’ experience in the outdoors, Anna has developed a keen interest in mountaineering, ski-ing, parascending, climbing and running. She is a qualified Mountain Leader, Duke of Edinburgh Instructor and Climber.  In 2018, the keen explorer and survival expert climbed Everest Base Camp and was part of the first female team to stand up paddle board the English Channel.

With the guidance of the Bear Grylls instructor, the pupils looked at the principles of survival which included shelter building, constructing fires, food and the art of water filtration, using stones, grass, mud, a sock and an empty bottle to filter the water, then boiling and drinking it when cooled.

It was an excellent afternoon and the Year 8s were able to get involved with the activities in their back gardens. Anna did a “gross eats” session at the end, where she ate mealworms and grasshoppers.