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A Wild Night Out. Wild Camping on a School Night Microadventure

Camping on Farleton Fell Cumbria
Written by Stuart Wickes

Wild Camping on a School Night Microadventure

Outdoor Adventure Week is usually sometime in May. Did you know? I didn’t… but I do now and it’s marked in the diary.

Shame it falls on a school week. Or is it?

Maybe it’s an opportunity to disrupt the rhythm of the week and inject a microadventure into the routine of everyday living. A chance to build some of those adventure habits into regular life.

Boys heading off for a wild night out camping after school

Boys heading off for a wild night out camping after school

A school night microadventure

Now that’s got me thinking. Why not adventure on a school night?

Why not stuff school shoes, book bags and uniforms in a rucksack instead of a book bag?

Boy carrying a rucksack

Heading off to bed… with bookbag and school uniform in my rucksack

Homework outside

Why not make homework fieldwork? Study the land or the stars. Have a mini geography field trip. Learn about navigation, cooking or some camp skills. Make your own outdoor classroom and spend an evening learning outside.

Sheep on Farleton Fell

We can do our homework out here

Get out of the routine

Why not grab toothbrushes, tent and sleeping bags, food, drinks and torch and head off into the night. A night hike is a great way to make somewhere familiar feel quite unfamiliar.

Take a walk up the fell, have a late night snack, pitch the tent, tell stories under the stars. Sleep deeply in your sleeping bags.

Then take breakfast in bed before you get up and head off to school.

Wild camping on Farleton Fell

Wild camping on Farleton Fell

Why can’t you? You can

Why can’t you go wild camping on a school night?

Of course you can. If you want to. I do and I bet the kids will too.

See you on the fell..

Wild boys wild camp on a school night. A wild night out. 

Wild boys wild camp on a school night. A wild night out.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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