Why I love the IOL Basic Bushcraft Foundational Competency Certificated Course, or whatever we call it now. And why I’m proud to deliver it here in the Forest of Dean…and why I think I will be promoting it long after it has ceased to be of financial interest.
A journey for the IOL.
Let’s not forget that many in the industry, passionate about their craft, wouldn’t agree on a definition of what has come to be called “bushcraft”, let alone establish a basic foundational level of agreed necessary skills. But the industry has! Well some key players have and that will have to do for now.
I watched, occasionally gritting the grease of progress with my pennyworth, for six years or so while my betters and others in the industry flogged out the many frustrating questions of criteria for entry to the course; for curriculum inclusion; and the what? and how? of assessment. It was often very frustrating, but for all the right reasons. And it was worth the sweat and tears. Thanks boys and girls! What we have now is all grown up and stands scrutiny and though it may continue to be tweaked and certainly expanded, this curriculum offers the minimum level of understanding and hard skills coaching necessary to give both the successful candidate and their hirers the confidence that a safe and enjoyable basic bush craft experience will be had. Well-done!
Though it might be a decade away, and it’s another argument altogether, but many outdoor providers feel it will become the NGB of the bushcraftindustry and the preferred CPD for all who integrate bushcraft and forest school type activities into their outdoor education programmes. In the mean time, I’m happy and proud to advocate it. But then it is personal too. Next time