Scouting Ireland Backwoods-Adventure Skill

Scouting Ireland Backwoods-Adventure Skill


Any recommendations for a nice place to hammock for one night in the Waterford area?
Hi just wondering any Backwoods event coming up? Thanks
Gwan the scouts
Big shout out to the backwoods team for looking after us (49th ventures ballincollig) at jamborI great skills great craic thanks again Hope to see you again soon
Thanks to the backwoods team for a great day out in Portumna, delighted with my newly acquired knife skills, not sure how useful my little teaspoon is but I enjoyed making it 😀
Abbey Duniry had a great Weekend thank you
Another pic from Backwoods in portumna
Thank you Mick and Gang for a great weekend in Portumna from Abbey Duniry
It was a great weekend. On another note, my phone played tricks on me and I couldn't take any photos. If any of the participants are willing to share some photos can you upload them here?

The Backwoods Team appointed by Scouting Ireland with the responsibility for the Development, Promotion and Delivery of the Backwoods Adventure Skill.

[02/02/20]   The National Survivor Challenge now has it's own page.
Just search for Scouting Ireland Survivor for any updates and other info.

[01/16/20]   Just to update, Scout Survivor is scheduled for 3-5 Apr 2020 in Castleconnell Campsite, Co.Limerick. I reckon it will be on the Scout Calendar early next week.

Contact the International Team - Scouting Ireland

For any international visitors and other contact emails Company Reg. No. 397094, Charity No. CHY3507, CRA No. 20004347Reg. Office - National Office, Larch Hill, Dublin 16, D16 P023.

Chance to own one of our Team members Jon's knives and support a great charity at the same time.


Hi all. I am putting this knife up for auction. All proceeds will go to Cancer Care West. We all know someone who has had or has cancer. Cancer Care West is a fantastic organisation that suport victim's and their families.
The last bid will be accepted up to 23:59 on the 8th of December. That will allow for posting to have it before Christmas.
The blade is a full tang 4.5 inch spear point. Made from high carbon steel. The sheath is hand stitched high grade leather. The fire steel is handled with native Irish elm.
If you see it but are not interested in the knife please share the post. Hopefully there will be interested people out there.
Thanks for your suport and I know it's a bit early to say but Happy Christmas......😉

Kiltimagh Scouts

Thanks to Brian Commons and Kiltimagh Scouts for this nice thank you message and little video

Thank to all at the Backwoods team for a great day - highly recommend this to all scout groups

Always good to hear positive feedback. Well done @Ballincollig and enjoy the memories your new skills will bring.

[10/15/19]   Who is ready for Survivor 2019

[09/30/19]   Drum roll please,So the winners of 5 free spaces on our Knife skills course are: Angie Larkin 17th Clare,Maria Lanigan Kiltimagh 10th Mayo and Jo Hessian 9th Clare Ennistymon.The course will be held in Castleconnell, Nov 9th. Congrats to all and thank you all for such a great response over 200 entries from comments and our course participants on the day.

[09/29/19]   Stay tuned, live draw happening after lunch.

The expected Rain has come here on our ASF course but still 23 smiling faces sitting by the fire and drinking tea during a yellow warning in between the training.Backwoods can be comfy in all types of weather.

[09/27/19]   Draw will take place on Sunday at lunchtime for the free Knife Skills course by the Training commisioner.As a thank you to the great response an extra 5 spaces have been awarded on top of the previous 10 .Best of luck and see ye all Sunday.

[09/23/19]   Thank you for all your comments and feedback,our post has nearly reached as many online as we have in person.Unfortunately all good things must come to an end😛Our 2 sets of 5 free spaces competition on our knife skills course for your scout group will close at midnight on Thursday Night.We will then count up all your entries and do a live draw at our Backwoods course this weekend in Iniostioge under impartial scrutiny by fellow scouters on their training weekend.Still time to enter but you must comment under the original competion post please.Draw time will be posted on Thursday or early Friday to give ye plenty of time to tune in.

[09/06/19]   This is a fantastic response to our competition.I wonder can we get our page likes to 1000 before Sunday??

The Backwoods Adventure Skill Team are celebrating an extraordinary achievement of reaching over 10,000 deliveries of their Adventure Skill to members of Scouting, (Nationally and Internationally)To celebrate this they are giving free places to their next Knife Skills Training Course - simply go to their page, like our page if you haven't already done so,like the post, leave your group name in the comments and share with your scouting friends and groups. Draw will take place on Sun 29 Sep 2019.Feel free to Tag the 5 friends you would bring if lucky enough to be picked out.

Castleconnell Campsite

Yes boy

Bookings open at

The Soul Sanctuary

Have you seen these plants? They are called Broadleaf or Broadleaf Plantain
It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. More often than not, you will see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil. Introduced to North America in the 1600s, it was once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans who witnessed that where the Europeans tread and disrupted the soil, plantain sprung up.
Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.
Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds.
Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!
Sackville Community Gardens

new post with regards to Where to find it, recipes and what others have used it for has just been posted on The Soul Sanctuary Facebook today. 2019/08/07

An all too familiar problem now days unfortunately

If you see illegal dumping taking place, please report it. You can contact us confidentially on 1890 800 455 or your Local Authority or via the See it Say it App Help us keep our woodlands clean. #illegaldumping

That’s a wrap thanks to all for an amazing weekend 🌲🔥❤️👏

wild flower and tree identification this morning and the dreaded bow drill

Excellent day of learning and experimentations

Great start to the weekend here

All bookings must be made through email:
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Camp Athrú

Looks like a great camp,contact the organisers for more info

Currently in the process of making badges. They will be eco friendly because we cut down the production in half by making them ourselves. 😊

So far in apparel youll be getting neckers, badges, water bottles, eco friendly wristbands and we are exploring the possibility of t-shirts for one of our bases. Hopefuly you guys are looking forward to it. (oh just to outline ventures, scouters and staff all get apparel)

Anyone around the south east area and fancy a different activity for your Bank holiday then this is for you.

[04/11/19]   Tipi Adventures are holding an open day at their site near Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow this Sunday. It's a beautiful location in the heart of Wicklow.
They supply Tipi tents, Tree tents and Cast Iron cookware- well worth a look.
They also conduct Bushcraft and Tracking courses during the year.
Check them out on Facebook.

Well done to our Backwoods Team member #MartinaMcGrath who was awarded a place and her Knecker on the National Survivor team this weekend.Well done Martina ,well deserved from all on the Backwoods Team.

More pics from the survivor weekend from the Venture section

Over the weekend we saw Venture Scouts from around Ireland come together for Venture Survivor at Castleconnell Campsite!

It's a tough weekend and a lot of Venture Scouts were pushed to their limit, with their backwoods and survival skills tested through bases, shelter building and living on limited supplies. Not to mention stomachs being tested during the bushtucker trials!

It was awesome to see the Venture Scouts surviving in their teams but also helping each other out and doing it all with a smile (depsite the threats of rat for dinner!).

Well done to the Survivor staff team for their great work and the Venture Sub Camp team for making sure everyone made it home in mostly one piece!

Keep an eye out for information on the next Venture Survivor. It might be sooner than you think! 🤔😉

Backwoods ASF Course

Backwoods ASF Course

Backwoods ASF Course

Backwoods ASF Course

Students and Instructors from the ASF Backwoods Course

[04/02/19]   Congratulations to everyone who successfully completed the Adventure Skills Facilitator (ASF) Course in the Backwoods Adventure Skill, held last weekend in Inistioge, Co.Kilkenny.
You have all completed another stage in your Leadership Training.

[03/28/19]   This weekend the Scouting Ireland Backwoods Adventure Skill Team will deliver another Adventure Skills Facilitator course (ASF - Backwoods) for the Training Commissioner in Inistioge, Co.Kilkenny.
All the team are continuing the prep work and are looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow night - See you there..

Well done guys, pleasure to be there

Founders weekend spent on Wexford County Bushcraft Camp in Faithlegg- many thanks to Frank, Pat, Martina, Mick & Alan for all the organising!

A few more Photos from Sat programme with Wexford Scout County

Very enjoyable day on Sat, running a Backwoods Skills programe for Wexford Scout county in Faithlegg.Thanks to Frank, Dano, Mick, Martina and Pat for organising it all and putting it together and of course to the kids who listened and got stuck in to any task.
Great test for Survivor next April too,leaders and scouts are well prepared for what is coming. Loved the presentation of the Wexford Badge to the Adventure team at the end, very nice touch. More pics to follow soon.

Thanks to Dave Mooney Danielle Ball Treacy, J.D Nolan & Angie Larkin for their wonderful photos from the students point of view on day 2 at #Castleconnell Campsite on Sunday for the Knife Skills & Carving course. Any excuse to get the hammock out and spend a few nights between the trees.

Day 2 at Castleconnell Campsite The Backwoods team were once again running the Scouting Ireland knife carving course, everyone was so busy working and having the chats we only managed to get 3 pics of the Sunday course but if anyone has more please message us and we can post them up.

Few more from Team member Micheal O Connor @ CastleConnell

Day one great gang of students!

[10/30/18]   The Knife Skills Training for Sat 24th Nov as advertised on our page booked up almost immediately. Because of the high demand for places, we decided to put on another day - Sun 25th Nov, to accommodate as many people as possible.
This is also now full and we are continuing to expand our waiting list for both of these events. For inquiries, please email [email protected]
Thank You for your continued support.

Backwoods Team
Scouting Ireland Adventure Skill

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