CHILDREN and parents got knee-deep in fun learning how to survive in the wild.
Environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle held a bush craft and survival day at The Lodge, West Boldon, where young and old teamed together and learned how to build dens and campfires.
The group, led by community engagement co-ordinator Tom Mower, was designed to help youngsters explore and learn basic outdoor skills.
And Tom said it went down a storm.
“The parents enjoy it just as much as the kids,” he said. “And generally we get really good feedback.
“Everyone seems to have had a really good time today.
“It’s about team building, and people have come back today after doing it before.”
The event, which runs throughout the year, gave parents a chance to spend “quality time” with their little adventurers.
Angela May, 34, attended with sons Matthew, nine, and Luke, six.
“It’s like a secret world in here,” she said.
“The children grow up so quickly you don’t get this time back, so it’s great to be able to do things like this with them.
“A lot of half term activities are girl orientated and this is proper boy stuff.”
Little Elliott Norton, six, is a member of the Beavers, and attends monthly Wild Things sessions at Groundwork.
“I get really excited to come here,” he said. “I like it.
“I learned how to make fires and a den.”
Seb Glassey, 11, said: “It’s been good. I’m in the Scouts and you learn a lot from doing this.”
And brother Heston Glassey, six, added: “I’ve been making seats with big sticks inside the den. I’ve done it before and I really enjoy it.”
The Lodge is based in Newcastle Road, opposite the Quadrus Centre. For more details, call 536 4873 or e-mail email@example.com.