The ferns were almost obscuring the children as we skipped into the woods, armed with a yet-to-be-released den kit and a rather special new member of the team… Our pre-launch photoshoot with Ed Stafford was an absolute treat for every one of us - children and adults alike (we’ve never had quite so many parents stay around for a shoot before). An inspirational storyteller and charismatic teacher, Ed had the children enthralled within moments - each of them trying their hand at knot-tying, fire-lighting, shelter-building and joke-telling. Quizzed about his adventures on the Amazon and as a survivalist, we heard tales of daring deeds together with advice about how to cope in isolation - the children asking some pretty searching questions. After a day in the company of someone who thrives on adventure, we all went home determined to exit our comfort zones and challenge ourselves a little more often. Though possibly, we won’t attempt eating skunk for dinner.