Frequently Asked Questions

I have no experience in Bushcraft, will you still train me?



All Lonescout Bushcraft training is tailored to the client/client group whether you/the group are taking your first steps into Bushcraft or wish to enhance skills you already possess.

What type of kit do I need to bring?


Firstly clothing appropriate to the expected weather conditions!

This should include:-

  • Sturdy footwear (not training shoes)
  • Base layer
  • Mid layer
  • Fleece (dependant on weather)
  • Water proof jacket
  • Water proof trousers (optional)
  • Socks (preferably woollen)
  • Warm hat/sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Sleeping bag (3 season plus)
  • Karrimat
  • Plate, bowl, mug
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Wash kit and towel
  • Personal First Aid kit and medication
  • Torch and spare batteries

Your kit should preferably be kept in a Rucksack.

Are your courses safe?

Lonescout bushcraft believes in ‘risk management’ not ‘risk elimination’. That being said, you will be taught safe techniques and you will learn risk appreciation in a woodland environment.

Lonescout Bushcraft operates an alcohol free policy during its’ activities.

Will I have to eat worms and insects?

Although there is an element of ‘bush tucker’ as part of Lonescout Bushcraft courses, it is stressed that this is in addition to more ‘regular’ foodstuffs.

Will I have to kill my own food?

Put simply, no. This is out of respect for the animal and understanding that to most people the idea and reality of taking life are poles apart.

Who will be teaching me?

Ian will be carrying out most of the training.  There may be occasions when external, experienced trainers are brought in for specific courses.

Will I be far from my car?

This will be dependant on the course location. Lonescout Bushcraft prefers to keep access to vehicles to a minimum to break from our vehicle dependant culture.

Will my personal belongings be safe on your courses?

You will be trained in ‘normal camp routine’ and advised on how to keep your kit secure.

I don’t have a knife, do I need to bring my own?

Lonescout Bushcraft has a number of ‘pool knives’ which will be loaned out as required. Advice will be given during the courses with regard to the choice and ‘legality’ of Bushcraft Knives.

What are the course sizes?

Lonescout bushcraft currently has the capability to run courses for one to ten participants.

What knife do you use?

Ian uses the ‘Lonescout Bushcraft Knife’ made by renowned custom knife-smith Roger Harrington of Bison Bushcraft. The Knife is only available through Lonescout Bushcraft.