Do YOU have what it takes to survive the Call of the Wild? Sign up here!

Call of the Wild will cover all the skills needed to be comfortable in a wilderness environment

Teenagers in Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth are being invited to swap screen time for survival skills this summer by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust!

The programme will provide a unique opportunity for up to 30 young people to take part in five days of bush-craft and wilderness training at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve.

Places are free thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery - would-be participants simply have to tell us why they’d love the chance to sign up.

Call of the Wild runs from July 31-August 4 and August 7-11, 10am to 4pm, with 15 places available each week and an optional camp-out for everyone on the final weekend of August 12-13.

Those chosen to join the Call of the Wild programme will work with the trust's ecological, education and survival experts – who will be judging the applications – to develop the skills needed to be self-sufficient and comfortable in a wilderness environment. At a base camp surrounded by acres of meadow and woodland, sessions will include:

• building shelters
• cooking on an open fire
• learning to track animals
• mastering the art of stealth
• being able to identify useful species
• teamwork, games and survival exercises

Sign up with a friend, make new friends! It's going to be heaps of fun. Playbox Theatre took part in a session to make our promotional video and loved it! 



Participants will be encouraged to wear camouflage colours if possible; mobile phones and electronic devices can’t be used to light fires or whittle a stick and so will not be necessary!

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust youth engagement officer Matt Cox says: “We are designing Call of the Wild to be an immersive experience to blow any computer game, mobile phone app or TV show out of the water. Nothing can beat real life experiences and nature is the ultimate provider of excitement and wonder. Call of the Wild will capture the essence of what it is to want to explore and be wild.”

To apply for a place, simply fill out our application form and tell us briefly in words, pictures or a video selfie how you would benefit and whether you have what it takes to survive the Call the Wild. Pictures and videos up to 10MB in size can be uploaded using the form, or you can fill out the form and use Instagram Direct, which allows videos up to 60 seconds long, to send us your media.

“We’re looking for young people who want to be challenged and want to put their own resourcefulness to the test,” adds Matt. “If the sound of Call of the Wild really speaks to you and you want to sign up, we want you to get that energy and enthusiasm across to us in your application. After all you will need plenty of both of those to take part!”

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