Listening Ear’s Emotional Youth Club and SHINE campaign hosted a fun-filled day of bushcraft activities on Saturday in which families came together to build outdoor shelters, light their own campfires and even sample toasted meal worms!

The event – at the Komaru Outdoor Centre in Knowsley Safari Park – included bread making over the campfire, pizzas for lunch and a lamplight walk through the woods, before ending with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around the campfire.  The event, which was funded via the National Lottery’s Awards for All, brought together youngsters and their family members for a day to remember.  Our friends at the James Apter Friendship Fund kindly supplied Christmas selection boxes for all the youngsters, too!

Before the lantern walk, every youngster completed their own SHINE Pledge, which was threaded onto our neon rope lights.

“We want all our children and young people to know they are special and can overcome adversity to SHINE,” said Emotional Youth Club organiser Julie Wright.

Photos: Hilary Berg (Komaru Outdoors)