G.A.L.A. to teach wilderness skills for kids


OSSIPEE — Global Awareness Local Action will hold a new Youth Track workshop of the group's popular Re-skill-ience Workshop Series. The workshop is titled "Wander and Wonder — a Wilderness Skills Workshop for Kids," and will be led by Tom Belluscio, certified Maine wilderness guide and certified first responder. This class is free. This four-hour workshop is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10.

The youth track will be geared toward 6- through 12-year-olds in the same homesteading, sustainable living and traditional bushcraft skills that have defined G.A.L.A.’s ongoing workshops. These hands-on classes are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience, this time with a focus on youth.

Grab your coat and other winter attire along with water and a packed lunch.

Belluscio will kick things off with a crackling campfire and a brief chat on how to prepare for being outdoors in the winter. From there the group will explore the surrounding woodland for animal tracks as we gather natural materials for the next portion of the class — shelter building. Tom will teach about just what it takes to spend a comfortable night in the woods. Once our proper shelters are built, Tom will wrap things up with a bit of a challenge. Can you get a fire going if you only had one match? The workshop will end with a recap of the day, a cup of hot cocoa and s'mores.

This free youth track class takes place on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3 Pork Hill Road in Ossipee. The workshop is being offered for free thanks to the support from an anonymous donor-advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Space is limited to 15 participants and the age range for this class is children 6 to 12. Pre-register at galacommunity.org or by calling (603) 539-6460.

Global Awareness Local Action began in 2006 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Wolfeboro with a mission to create a contagious community building model that translates sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective and fun.