Mountain Rangers

Mountain & Adventure Skills for Children. Fun and games too :o) Mountain, outdoor and bushcraft skills for children.

Operating as usual

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 01/07/2022

Water filtering, A little pond dipping then collecting and comparing pond to river water. Filtering with natural resources vs using a gravity filter as we use on wild camps. We made lavender and mint tea or hot chocolate - no guesses as to which was more popular. 🚱🚰

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Mini pancakes cooked on tin can stoves. The Rangers also used a meter to check the levels of carbon monoxide being given off by the candles.

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We made it to camp!
Following Storm Eunice which had brought down a few trees at Longrove Scout Activity Centre we delayed camp until Saturday.
Plenty of logs for making fires, a table & stool and catapults with. We finished on Sunday with a couple of hours hike navigating their way through muddy fields, a big feat for tired legs, to Dunstable Downs.


We did it!!
Bushcraft camp this weekend at Longrove Scout Activity Centre

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In the wind and rain, under a Snow Moon we walked to explore the ruins of St Peters Church at Stanton Low. With parts dating back to the 12th century it was still in use until the early 20th Century. Stanton Low Country Park

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We were inside this week with the elder and willow gathered last week. Learning knife skills for newer members while the more experienced practiced their knife skill by making a Try Stick. Keep hold of your sticks as we will continue developing them and move on to making more with elder.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 09/01/2022

Happy New Year!
We returned this week for a wet, muddy hike in search of Elder for the Rovers and Willow for the Roamers.
Identifying trees in winter, plus in the dark, is a tricky skill! Elder is easily identified by its white flowers in May and red berries in August /September. In winter the red buds are just appearing.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 09/12/2021

For our last session of the year we got into the festive spirit with a walk to see the magic of Summerhayes. The older groups had to find their own way there while the younger ones had a Christmas hunt to do.
We wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 04/12/2021

When we do an Advent hunt at Mountain Rangers we do it in the woods at night of course. The older groups had to conduct a spiral search using a compass and by increasing their steps at each turn. We then got to try out our new kit, a collapsible fire pit.🔥

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 20/11/2021

We took our star wheels to Stanton Low for an evening of meteor shower spotting. With the Leonids at their peak and quite a clear sky we were hoping to see some shooting stars. Over the 3 hours we were there we saw 1!!
The moon was bright, Waxing Gibbous, so making the sky a bit too bright. But we took plenty of gas stoves and made hot chocolate with marshmallows so all not lost.


Crab football!

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 15/11/2021

We were busy making Star Wheels and Clocks ready for this Wednesday when we hope to view the Leonids Meteor Shower

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 06/11/2021

A night hike in the woods at Bow Brickhill. A chance for the Roamers and Rangers to practice their navigation skills in the dark, which made for an extra challenge.
The younger Rovers checked out the first 3 checkpoints then had fun with a couple of rope swings and wide games. Great to see how their confidence at being out in the dark woods has grown.
Bow Brickhill Woods

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The older groups, Roamers and Rangers, were comparing different stoves. They wrote reviews of their stoves, looking at weight, fuel types, safety & capacity including some amazing illustrations!
We break for a week for half term, enjoy and stay safe.🍂🍁

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 22/10/2021

Our younger Rovers practiced some first aid with bandages, which naturally leads on to a game of mummy tag for Halloween - 🧻 👻🧻🧟‍♂️🧻

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 15/10/2021

A tricky challenge for the Roamers and Rangers, to collect glow in the dark conkers in Linford Wood. They were worth from 50 to 500 points depending on the colour and location.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 15/10/2021

The seeds of the horse chestnut in their spiky green cases are prized by children every year. The game of conkers is over 160 years old, but how many children have gone into the woods at night to collect them?
First the Rovers had to search for the trees by looking for the palmate or hand shape leaves and the sticky buds before threading them on strings and filling every pocket.
Here is the first recorded footage from 1957 of children playing conkers.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 09/10/2021

We were out at Bury Fields in Newport Pagnel on Wednesday. Using head torches for S.O.S signaling and trying to send and read morse code using the morse code tree.

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The Roamers and Rangers started with a challenge to draw OS map symbols for their team to guess. Then they were given a map of one of the 3 peaks, Ben Nevis, Snowdon or Scafell Pike in teams with 1/4 of the map missing. They had to draw in the missing section, learning to observe map features, the teams maps were joined together to create the full map.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 23/09/2021

We were back at Haversham school this week, where the first ever Mountain Rangers sessions started 4 1/2 years ago!
The Rovers created their own maps, including monsters and learnt some new games.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 17/09/2021

We are back! Great to see everyone again for a spot of navigating - through the corn fields with a farm fragrance too 🌽


Our last session of the year. We've had all our sessions for the last term outside, so many different activities in many different locations.


Leech alert!!

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 10/07/2021

The older groups requested some pond dipping and bug hunteing after seeing the fun of last weeks younger session. They found some amazing beasts! rememeber the diving beetle larvae last wee, this week Dylan found a huge adult! Also a leech, which was fascinating to watch as it stretched along the tray. It's a great place for dragonfly, damsels and butterflies.

Photos from Mountain Rangers's post 09/07/2021

Ahoy me hearties🦜avast ye land lubbers, our young lads and lassies managed to solve a murder by working out which identical twin was the scourge of the 7 seas and killed off his brother ☠️ They earned some b***y for identifying the evil Robbing Rich as the bildge-sucking murderer ⚓️


Next Wednesday will be our last session of the year before our summer break, details of that session to follow.

If you are looking for some fun activities for your children over the summer break Emma will be part of a team offering these sessions at the beautiful Basils Farm in Studham, suitable for 4 to 14 year olds. Feel free to share and invite friends!

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Crab football!
Games at Stanton Low
Leech alert!!
Fire lighting
Preparing for our pitch at MKSOUP this Thursday 31st. The Friday gang writing the script and making lentil and sweet pot...
Older group this evening making constellation projectors ...and some fun with clingfilm😁
Practicing survival skills, what 7 items would you choose to take?
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Friday knots challenge - From bowline, sheet bend to the Zeppelin





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Milton Keynes

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