Junior Explorers Club

(4 customer reviews)


(Price Shown – Covers all sessions and equipment, per person for the year inclusive)

**High Lodge Parking not included in the price**

**Parking Options are**

  1. £35 – One off additional flat fee payable to High Lodge
    • Provides specific parking for the 9 session dates listed, parking at any other time is not included. (terms & conditions apply, available on request)
  2. £64 – One off additional flat fee payable to High Lodge (Recommended)
    • Provides a High Lodge Membership for the year
    • There are many Local & National offers & discounts available for the life of the pass. If you plan to visit High Lodge through the year, this will more than pay for itself.

The Junior Explorers Club is designed to encourage the awareness, education & development of Bushcraft, Survival & Wilderness Living skills, specifically for ages 7 to 11yrs old – throughout the seasons. One off price includes 9 sessions – which are for 2hrs, one Sunday a month from Feb to Oct inclusive.

There will be plenty of time to refine & hone a variety of basic wilderness living skills, in a friendly & welcoming environment.

All you need is suitable clothing for the season, a water bottle, & a willingness to learn – All equipment is provided for the duration.

Topics covered throughout the sessions:

  • Fire Lighting Techniques
  • Natural Shelters
  • Introduction to Foraging
  • Hapa Zome
  • Damper Bread
  • Natural Cordage
  • Cutting Safety & Techniques
  • Knife Sharpening & Knife Law
  • Water Purification

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.


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Times shown are under normal circumstancesFCHL

Day / Date 2023
Start Time Finish Time Location
Sunday – 5th February 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 5th March 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 2nd April 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 7th May 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 11th June 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 9th July 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 6th August 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 3rd September 2023
10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge
Sunday – 8th October 2023 10:00am 12:00 noon High Lodge

High Lodge, Thetford Forest will be the default location, on occasions however, there may alternative meeting locations provided with notice.

Note: Discovery Pass discount is not applicable for this club

Additional Information

Minimum Participant Age:

• 7 yrs old – Parents welcome to remain for the duration, however if children are mature enough, they can be left for the duration and collected at the end.


• All participants must acknowledge, that the instructors word is final.
• No refunds for non-attendance.

Included in the price:

• Use of all equipment for the year

Not included in the price:

• Parking at High Lodge – not included – contact me for details. If you have a discovery pass for the duration, then this is covered.

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Kit List:

• Warm Outdoor Clothes
• Footwear suitable for walking in woodland and on muddy woodland trails
• Waterproof Clothing as weather dictates
• Water Bottle
• Notepad and Pen (Optional)
• Camera (Optional)
• An open mind and a willingness to learn and share

4 reviews for Junior Explorers Club

  1. Nicola (verified owner)

    The Junior Explorers Back to the Wilderness course has been an amazing find! We are stunned by Ray’s incredible knowledge of nature and survival and we and our son truly enjoy the professional, engaging, informative and exciting way in which Ray shares his valuable knowledge and skills, enabling the children to learn about and immerse themselves in nature and survival. We highly recommend this course to everyone and thank Ray very much for the opportunity!

  2. Damian Thomas Cole

    Rohan has just completed this year’s Junior Explorers Club run by Ray at Back to Wilderness, it’s been an amazing 9 months, with it being spread over the year, you’re made more aware of your surroundings and nature, I think that all the children on the course (and their parents as well) have learnt so much.

    From fire lighting, making natural cordage from stinging nettles, and shelter building, to natural navigation; Rays expert knowledge, passion and huge personality have encouraged, educated, and developed all of our interest in Bushcraft and survival skills.

    I would say that at the time I had concerns on the subject of knives, but was particularly impressed with Ray’s engaging, and enlightening teachings on knife sharpening and knife law which also covered cutting safety and different cutting techniques, and with Ray’s guidance the children excelled.

    A great course, a great teacher – we’ll be going back for 2018

  3. Bryan Littlefair

    My youngest son Joel has just completed the back to wilderness junior explorers club expertly ran by Ray from back to wilderness. Having a son that is really passionate about being outdoors, this course was a dream come true for him. The course is very well structured covering fire lighting techniques, making and cooking damper bread, knife law, knife cutting safely, knife cutting techniques, building shelters, natural navigation, natural cordage, knife sharpening and foraging for food. Ray is extremely knowledgable, and amazing with the kids (and parents, I certainly learned a great deal accompanying my son on the course). It’s spread out over the year so you get to see the forest in all seasons and learn how things change and become useful to you at different times. This course is highly recommended by my son and my family.

  4. Angie Bowden

    My 9 year old daughter has just finished the Junior Explorers Club and really enjoyed it.
    She has learnt many new skills and the course has given her appreciation for her surroundings.
    Ray is so passionate about all he teaches and this really shows. His knowledge is fantastic and his patience with the children was great.
    Highly recommend this course.

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