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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.
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.

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Survival - Bush survival 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

Download Barry Clark’s Survival Guide here.

Suitable for: All aged sections

Cost: $50/session

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:


Bushcraft and Survival Training
Bazza Clark

Assistant Chief Commissioner Outdoor Adventure
John Hooper

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)

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