We are delighted to announce that Steve Corbyn has joined the ranks of Aspirant Instructor in our field team, after passing the rigorous test set by Woodlore this winter. We look forward to seeing Steve bring his excellent leadership skills to many courses in the future. Steve had the following words to say about his experience:
I have been with Woodlore for five years now, enjoying my time learning and developing my skills and knowledge. It has been great being a Senior Assistant; helping run the camp, supporting the other members of staff, teaching and sharing knowledge with students. However, I was keen to progress a step further to become an Aspirant Instructor and have the opportunity to lead courses.
You won’t be surprised to hear me say that I am passionate about the outdoor world and love to share knowledge with anyone who wants to know. The difference now is I am a leader and this comes with more responsibilities. In the outdoors there are risks that have to be calculated, weighed up and thought through and you need to be able to listen as well as give advice and command. One of the great joys of being a leader in teaching wilderness skill is helping people learn for themselves, guiding them to their goals and understanding that they may struggle. Helping clients to achieve their goals and the joy and pride we see when they do is a real pleasure.
Whether you are on a trip, an expedition, or a bushcraft course it is often a roller-coaster of emotions, but the good times wouldn’t be as great without the tougher times. Struggling up a long ascent to finally reach the summit and enjoy that staggering view or sitting quietly by a badger set for hours thinking should I give up and go home, just as a sow and cubs emerge; these are the memories that stay with you forever.
The one thing I have learnt from bushcraft and working with Woodlore is to never give in. I guess I was comfortable being an assistant, staying within my comfort zone; after all it’s called a comfort zone for a reason. However, pushing yourself offers so much more, it takes courage, but is well worth it. Without drive and ambition you may lose your sense of adventure and that’s what bushcraft and wilderness trips are all about; adventure and exploring the wonderful world we live in.
– Steve Corbyn, 2016