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Scouting bushcraft is a fundamental part of the youth program and is full of many rewarding life skills.  Outdoor Adventure Skills in bushcraft cover a range of introductury skills, fires, navigation by the stars etc. and then develop into streams of Pioneering and Survival

How to make it happen

All scouting activities are subject to Scouting policies and procedures. Adult Leaders are responsible for ensuring the safety of Scouts and the compliance of activities and undertakings with Scouting policies and procedures.

Online Bushcraft Resources
Online Resources are currently being assembled
Scouts SA Pioneering EQ locations

If you do not have access to your own pioneering poles, or if you want to incorporate pioneering into your camp program, keep in mind that the following campsites have good supplies of pioneering equipment you can borrow.

Woodhouse Activity Centre


Roonka Water Activity Centre


Douglass Scrub Campsite




City in the Trees

Build your campsite in the trees at Douglas Scrub!  Selected campsite areas are available with the equipment to build the platforms above the ground.  Suitable for small groups to sleep out under a tarp or erect a self standing tent on the platforms.  The poles, ropes and rope ladders are available for booking.  Some training is required for the supervisors or Leaders prior to using this equipment or an Activity Facilitator can be booked. Girl Guide and Scout units will find this activity a different way to camp.

Further Information:




Bridge the Winter Solstice Challenge

A new challenge for 2021 the Outdoor Adventure Skills team have set a challenge to “Bridge the Winter Solstice” where pioneering bridges are to be constructed on unit nights – with some subjective judging to award the inaugural trophy!

  • There must be darkness
  • There must be fire
  • There must be water
  • There must be a bridge

(Extra points will be awarded for bridges built in the cold and the rain!)

Further Info: Will be provided in the lead-up to the event – but I think the picture above sais it all.

Dates:  Unit nights across the week 21 – 25 Jun 2021




Cohen Cup

The Cohen Cup is South Australian Scout’s traditional cooking and camping competitive patrol camp.

The camping judging is on:

  • Gateway
  • Campsite Layout
  • Fire and first aid precautions
  • Gadgets (minimum 3)
  • Flagpole (to fly own specially designed patrol flag)
  • Patrol Organisation, how you work together and are hygienic
  • How you carry out the theme (use your imagination!)

Individual Patrol Awards are:-

  • Best Patrol Campsite
  • Best Patrol Meal
  • Best Patrol Gateway (not preassembled)
  • Best Patrol Gadgets
  • Best Innovative Patrol Flag (to be made in camp)
  • Scout Choice Award
  • Scouts Own

Suitable for:  All youth members

Dates: tbc (late May)

Location: tbc

Costs: tbc




Survival - Bush survival tutor led sessions

Why not have a session with Bazza demonstrating techniques, tips and tricks on how to survive using hands on methods.

1. How to prepare for an outback trip
2. What gear you need
3. How to collect, and purify water
4. How to set traps and snares for food.
5. How to build shelters.
6. How to light a fire without matches or lighters.
7. Attracting attention for would be rescuers.
Lots and Lots of ideas to make it more comfortable in your camp

Suitable for: All aged sections

Dates: On request

Contact: Bazza Cark


Survival Camps

If you would like some expert advice in preparing or running a survival camp in your local patrol or unit, please get in touch with Bazza, a Scouts SA bush survival tutor.

Camps can incorporate all kinds of survival activities to set up and meet the many challenges of the bush.

Suitable for: All aged sections

Dates: On request

Contact: Bazza Cark

Scouts SA Bushcraft Network

Units and Groups are supported in developing their bushcraft skills through their Youth Program – Program Support Leaders.

Youth members and leaders are encouraged to network their ideas through the Facebook group:


Bush Survival Tutor

Bazza Clark

Branch Commissioner Outdoor Adventure Skills
Jarrod Sharp

Training and Skill Development

Scouts SA Adult Training and Development

Scouts SA incorporates aspects of bushcraft training in the following training modules:

  • Scouting Adventure (formally Basic Outdoor Skills)

Further Information:


National Survival School

Victoria is running a National School in survival skills over Easter 2021. The School will provide Venturers aged 15+ and Rovers with an opportunity to learn skills for the Bushcraft – Survival outdoor adventure skill, and Leaders with the skills to assess the OAS and run your own adventurous survival camps.

The School is designed to address as much of the Survival stream of the Bushcraft Outdoor Adventure Skill as possible, and Venturers and Rovers will find that it’s a good grounding in that skill. The exact SIS10 outdoor recreation units we’ll cover is still under review, but it will be aimed at the Survival Guide qualification.

Location:  Little Desert, Victoria (4 hours from Adelaide)

Dates: 2 – 5 April 2020

Further Information: and the Survival School Flyer here


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