This class is designed for he person with little or minimal survival skills or knowledge.
The following are the major topics you will learn…
Fire – 1-match fires, Fire Lays, Flint and Steel, Bow Drill
Water – How to obtain water where it appears none is readily available, and how to treat it for safe consumption, both naturally and with modern chemicals and equipment.
Shelter – Principles of shelter and shelter building, natural shelters, tarp and poncho shelters, debris huts.
Traps – Principles of trapping animals in a survival situation, including making basic, effective traps and snares such as the “Figure 4” deadfall and the spring snare.
Food – How to prepare, cook, and preserve food in a survival situation. You will have the opportunity to learn and then correctly filet fish (optional).
Plants – Become comfortable with using popular plant identification books. Then we will identify both edible and medicinal plants found in the area. We will then cover how to use and prepare the plants back at camp.
Navigation – Learn the secrets of Natural Navigation as well as the basics of modern navigation. Discover how to REALLY use a compass, understand topographic maps, take bearings both from maps and in the woods, and accurately measure distance without tape measures or other equipment.
Simulated Survival Situation – At week’s end, you will have the chance to put what you learned into action with a supervised “survival situation.” Our staff will be monitoring your progress as you put together a complete base camp as if you were suddenly thrust into an emergency survival situation. This has been consistently the part of the class that past students have had the most fun with and which gave students the most personal satisfaction.
Our goals as instructors are:
1. Have you learn the skills you want well enough that you can demonstrate and teach them to your friends when you get home.
2. Insure you have fun during the week like vacationing while learning new and useful skills.
3. Make you begin to think as a “survival person” …assessing a situation, determining what resources you have on and around you, deciding on a plan of action, improvising, and carrying that plan to successful completion.