Bushcraft is about connecting with nature. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be a solitary experience. Some of the greatest learning comes when you connect with others who share your passion for the outdoors.
It’s sometimes hard to find others who share our interests. Maybe we live in an urban area. Maybe our friends don’t share our enthusiasm. Or perhaps we aren’t acquainted with wise elders to help guide our learning.
This is where the Internet comes in.
At the speed of light we can retrieve information, ask questions, and meet others. We can share our experiences and learn as a group.
There are several popular avenues to do this: Facebook Groups, stand-alone forums, and Reddit groups. Today we talk about Facebook Groups.
Bushcraft Groups on Facebook
Bushcraft groups on Facebook permit you to post to a common “bulletin board” and read the posts of others. For example, I used social media to help me figure out construction details when I made my sheepskin sit pad. I posted a question on several groups and received intelligent responses quickly.
Posts on Facebook groups are generally pictures or links to websites. Rarely are they long-form contributions by members. Most posts contain a minimum of text. So you don’t use Facebook groups to learn intricate skills or their subtle nuances. A human teacher is still best for that.
But Facebook Groups expose you to new ideas, the latest equipment, and they open your eyes to potential trips and activities.
Many bushcraft groups on Facebook carry the same posts because members participate in several of them simultaneously. I don’t see this as a problem. If I miss a post on one group I often find it on another.
You need to examine each post with a critical eye. There are the occasional crackpots, or less experienced members who post dubious information.
Many members use the groups for entertainment rather than information. Bushcraft groups on Facebook certainly have entertainment value. Just don’t use them as a proxy for actually going outside!
It’s easy to carry too many gadgets. And many of the groups are dominated by posts that discuss gear or sell outdoor equipment. Control yourself! Or these groups can end up costing you a fortune.
All bushcraft groups on Facebook have rules about what you can post – READ THEM! Being a good citizen helps keep the groups useful and productive.
How are they Rated?
Below are eight Facebook groups that discuss bushcraft. They appear in random order. All are “kid friendly” but the humor is probably not appropriate for children younger than 12. In many cases, children older than 12 will find the humor too juvenile. 🙂
Description – I reproduce the group description so you can read how the moderator views the group.
Comments – I share my thoughts about the spirit of the group, any pros and cons, the number of members, traffic level, etc.
Post Mix – Many bushcrafters have different interests. I prefer posts about skills, crafts and trips. Others like gear posts and posts that sell equipment. I visited all the groups on the same day, around 12:00 am PST. Relatively few members post at this time. I examined the 25 most recent posts and categorized them by topic. This is a limited amount of data. However I believe the data reflects actual traffic on the groups.
Here is how I categorized the posts:
Prepper – Preparing for disasters (man-made and natural)
Gear – Equipment and equipment reviews
Crafts – Discuss or demonstrate a craft such as leatherwork, carving, basketry, etc.
Skills – Discuss or demonstrate an outdoor skill like firecraft, shelter construction, etc.
Trips – Pictures, videos, or stories about members’ outings
Nature – Posts about the natural world. In general, these posts are rare.
Sales – Posts that sell equipment, goods or services. Some are explicit, others are more subtle. Buyer beware!
Below are the ratings. The name and picture for the bushcraft group links to their Facebook page.
Discussion group for Woodsmen, Outdoorsmen and anyone interested in Camping and Woodcraft.
This is one of the groups I most enjoy. It has 17,337 members. The main moderator, Steven JuanCervia, makes this group unique. He is a bit of a curmudgeon, editorializing freely. But he is always accepting and never scornful of others’ opinions. He produces many posts on different subjects to stimulate conversation. He also regularly posts amusing memes to the group.
The group has a welcoming vibe and the moderators promote a sense of community. This distinguishes Survivalist Base Camp from many other bushcraft groups on Facebook.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Skills, Gear, and Trips.
This page is for bushcraft and related topics. Please feel free to post any videos, articles or knowledge that you want to share with the group. You must be respectful of others while you are here, if you break that rule you will be removed without question. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact an admin. Thank you and enjoy your time here.
Primitive Bushcraft has 5,505 members. One thing that makes the group unique is that it has a “Sale Posts” section that permits members to sell gear they own or have made. The group has many trip pictures and pictures of craftwork done by members.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Trips, Crafts, and Prepper.
Welcome, have a seat by the campfire there is a place for you, show us your crafts and share your stories. Spoons and bowls carved from wood or leather crafts, maybe knife making or bone carving, these are the kind of things we like here. Show the animal tracks you have followed and wild plants you have foraged.
Bushcraft is about surviving and thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of ancient skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the kinds of skills well known to our ancient predecessors, many of which are still practiced today as an everyday skill amongst aboriginal and native peoples around the world.
Gather ’round the fire my friends, feel free to take part in our group discussions / share in your knowledge and photographs… may you feel at home here amongst other like minded individuals. Thanks for joining us!
Campfires and the Arts of Bushcraft has 10,600 members. Members participate actively and the group has many trip pictures that they snap on their outings.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Gear, Trips, and Sales.
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others. The group rules are pinned to the top. Please read them.
Bushcraft & Survival Tribe is a large group, with 25,256 members. As a result, there is a large amount of traffic on the group. Gear posts dominate the discussion. So if you like to look at gear, this group is for you.
I have seen the moderators make an effort to build a feeling of community and promote a welcoming environment. Members are responsive if you ask a question.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Gear, Trips, and Crafts.
For bushcraft fans primarily in the UK.
Upload your questions, stories, poems, ditties, ballads, bush tucker recipes, photos for everyone to enjoy.
The group is aimed at bushcrafters in the UK. But it’s still interesting if you live in the US. This is a smaller group, with 6,707 members. As a result it has less traffic than the other groups. The group is mainly about bushcraft skills, which I like. But there has been a recent jump in the number of posts about gear, preparedness, and sales. I feel this is beginning to undermine the more interesting posts by making them harder to find.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Gear, Prepper, and Trips.
Bushcraft, Survival and Preppers is for anyone who loves the outdoor life. Whether you are into Bushcraft skills, Survival skills or are a prepared minded Prepper, there is something for you. Please feel free to add posts. Many thanks.
This is a smaller group, with 5,146 members. As a result it has less traffic than the other groups. It seems to be more curated by the moderators, which has kept the post quality relatively high.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Gear, Prepper, and Sales.
This group was created for bushcrafters, survivalist, preppers, hunters, outdoorsman, ex to share their knowledge and even learn on a worldwide level! We have to keep our traditions alive! So that our children and childrens’ children will know what to do in a survival or in any outdoors situation!!!!
Bushcraft Survival Preppers Outdoors is a large group with 24,202 members. It’s a solid group with high traffic volume.
The group does not seem to be moderated as often as others. This may result from the large volume of posts. I’ve seen some disparaging posts attempting irony/humor. They were not terrible, and were not aimed at individuals. But these posts do affect the tone of the group.
With that said, I have also seen more “humor” posts on this group than in others.
There seem to be more posts unrelated to bushcraft, survival, or preparedness than on other groups. There have also been a few posts that contain bad links. Gear posts dominate the discussions.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Gear, Sales, and Prepper.
Bushcraft is a long-term extension of survival skills. A popular term for wilderness skills in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the term was popularized in the southern hemisphere by Les Hiddins (The Bush Tucker Man) in Australia as well as in the northern hemisphere by Mors Kochanski and recently gained considerable currency in the United Kingdom due to the popularity of Ray Mears and his bushcraft and survival television programes. It is also becoming popular in urban areas; areas where the average person is separated from nature.
Backcountry bushcraft is a smaller group, with just 1,714 members. It’s one of the few groups dedicated to bushcraft. This gives it a more relaxed feel than other groups.
The number of people posting to the group is relatively small, with a lower level of member participation. The group is not as actively moderated – and the group is beginning to fill with gear and sales posts. But you can still find good skills-related posts in the group.
The three most popular categories for posts are: Sales, Gear, and Skills.
Bushcraft groups on Facebook can entertain and inform. They allow us to interact with others who share our interests. But be wary of buying too many gadgets, and spending time on your computer that would be better spent enjoying the outdoors.
Feel free to let me know about your experiences online by leaving a comment below.
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