Frontier Bushcraft Courses: Coronavirus Update – March 2021

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Frontier Bushcraft Courses Will Run From April 12th

On 22nd Feburary there was an announcement from the UK government regarding its four-step “roadmap” out of lockdown.

The stay-at-home order that has been in place all year, will remain until March 29th. While “organised outdoor sports” are explicitly allowed after this date, it’s not until after “step two” of the roadmap, (when outdoor amusements, zoos, pub gardens and the like, will reopen), that it is clear there is no intended prohibition on outdoor activities such as the courses we run.

The dates of the successive steps to reopening are contingent upon a number of factors laid out by the government.

Step 2 will begin no earlier than April 12th.

Hence, we are planning to run our UK-based courses and trips as scheduled from 12th April.

We have moved courses that were scheduled before this date until later in the year. Everyone on courses that were scheduled before April 12th has been contacted individually by email.

To be clear, we will be running the following courses in April and May:

The Woodcrafter 18-24 April

The Woodcrafter 25 April – 1 May

Tracking and Nature Awareness 9-15 May

Bushcraft & Survival Foundation 16 May

Elementary Wilderness Buschraft 16-22 May

Expedition Canoeing Skills 16-21 May

Expedition Canoeing Skills 23-28 May

Furthermore, unless the situation changes in the meantime, we also intend to run all UK courses scheduled from June onwards, up to including the River Spey trips and Forest Hunter in Scotland in October. We’re just not listing them by date here on this page. Please check our courses page for any you might be interested in.

What About Overseas Trips?

As for our overseas trips that were scheduled for 2021…. Due to the continued restrictions on international travel, which are unlikely to be relaxed significantly in the coming months, we are postponing all non-UK trips until at least 2022.

Specifically, our updated overseas trip schedule is now as follows:

Missinaibi River Expedition 3-18 September 2022

Northwoods Winter Experience 29 January – 11 February 2023

Porcupine River Expedition 2-17 July 2023

What About Covid Precautions?

Hygiene is always important in our camps. Covid-19 is not the only pathogen out there. Hand-washing, toilet hygiene, drinking water safety and food hygiene are always mandatory parts of keeping everyone healthy on our courses and on our trips.

Given the specific issues around Covid-19, however, we have additional measures in place in and around our camps. These include, but are not limited to, not transporting students in our vehicles, social distancing during lessons, increased amount of water available in camp for hand washing and pot washing, smaller groups of students for certain activities, only staff preparing communal meals, without the usual help of students, only staff serving food rather than buffet arrangements, increased use of disinfectants, required use of alcohol hand-gel before touching communal kettle.

If you are booked on one of our programmes or are considering booking, but have any concerns about Covid, or would like clarification on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Frontier Bushcraft team member disinfecting camp kitchen area
Disinfecting the Frontier Bushcraft camp kitchen area August 2020. Photo: Paul Kirtley
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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog as well as for various publications including Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.