Using full sized bows, groups have the opportunity to shoot arrows either outside, or in our indoor archery range. With expert tuition from qualified staff, children and young people are taught how to use a bow and arrow safely and are given the time to practice and improve their skills. The activity usually ends in an archery competition to see who has become the most accurate archer.
Releasing children and young people’s inner Bear Grylls, Bushcraft helps a group learn back-woods skills and an appreciation for traditional techniques. Hindleap’s Bushcraft session usually focuses on shelter building and fire lighting. Using both modern materials (Tarpaulin) and traditional equipment, small teams construct a rudimentary shelter capable of keeping them dry and warm. During the process, children and young people have to work together, problem solve and be open to different ways of achieving the goal.
During the fire lighting challenge, young people are given the opportunity to use a flint and steel or try a bow drill and create fire through friction. Once a fire has been lit, the group have to maintain it.
Hindleap has an indoor, heated swimming pool that can be used as a great introduction to paddle-sport by trying our sit-ontop canoes. With one or two children per boat, children are given the time to gain confidence on the water and are taught basic canoeing skills.
As the session progresses, different challenges are given. These could include a relay race, moving themselves from boat to boat, or even standing up in a canoe. Everyone wears a helmet and a buoyancy aid can be used if children lack water confidence. The activity is led by a qualified paddle-sport coach who is also a pool lifeguard.
Groups are given the challenge of building a giant catapult using only wooden logs and ropes, to propel tennis balls toward a target in the woods. The instructor will teach the children basic knot skills and provide advice and guidance throughout the session.
Whilst learning new skills is at the centre of pioneering, the resulting outcome is often improved team skills and a sense of achievement. The children must work together to build a catapult that will work and be safe and the instructor will encourage participation at all times.