Ultimate leadership challenge
This is a true test of survival in the outdoors with nothing to rely on except nature's larder - and your own skills.
Day one: Arriving in the late afternoon, we'll give you a while to settle into camp. After a short introduction, you'll be thrown in at the deep end with a venison butchery session where we will discuss deer ecology and management. You’ll be taken through the hands-on experience of butchering and preparing the whole deer ensuring you will have fresh steaks for your evening BBQ. This will be followed by a chilled out evening by the campfire.
Day two; After a hearty breakfast you will begin a full day starting with the principles of fire and learn how to make fire using a primitive bow drill. Once you've mastered this, you'll be introduced to green woodcarving and how to use axes and knives safely. This leads you into your lunch where you will need to put your newly-acquired camp craft skills to use designing and making pot hangers.
The afternoon begins with small game preparation, which will add to your previously prepared venison and complete the ingredients for your evening game stew that you will prepare and cook as a team. The remainder of the afternoon and early evening will allow you to immerse yourself in the joys of traditional longbow archery, axe throwing and crossbows. After dinner you will be taught how to carve a spoon out of a piece wood.
Day three: Your final day will start with another hearty breakfast and a short stroll around Meon Springs learning about hedgerow foraging and responsible harvesting. You'll learn the basics of cordage - making string and rope from natural fibres such as stinging nettles. You'll have the chance to collect some ingredients to add to your lunch, which you will need to catch in your fly-fishing session. Lunch will be ponassed trout (the fish is stretched over a wooden frame) over the fire, roasted venison in the camp oven and the remainder of your small game cooked in our traditional Hangi (an underground oven using hot rocks). Along with seasonal vegetables it will be a feast to remember.
However, the experience is not over just yet. With a variety of newly learnt skills, the whole camp now needs to come together as a team and complete a time-limited challenge. Pulling on all the resources and skills available, you'll need to work together to achieve the successful completion of the task. With a long and intense couple of days behind you, this is the ultimate test - both as a team and as individuals.
What you get out of it
Utimately, this extended and intense three day experience is a massive leveller for organisations, teams and individuals. It offers the unique experience of the 'storm, form and norm' in both working and social relationships. So whether this experience is for a newly founded team - or for a more established team that wants to enrich their working relationships through a unique experience in the outdoors -then this is for you.
At it’s core you will have spent a lengthy ‘hands on’ time with colleagues. But there are other outcomes too such as building your team's skillsets; increasing self esteem and personal confidences; and identifying leadership skills and potential.
This programme can be tailored to your individual group needs and can be as relaxed or competitive as you wish. With more time to spend in the outdoors along - with the extended two night experience - you'll see other benefits such as building team morale and stronger professional relationships.
And if the aim of the Ultimate Challenge is to aid recruitment and training, this can help ensure you are bringing the right candidates into your team and organisation.