Weekend Survival 101 Class
$175.00 – $350.00
Class Length: 2 ½ Days (Friday evening 5 PM to 3 PM Sunday afternoon)
Meals included? – YES
2023 Class Dates
May 12-14, 2023
Price: $350 (meals included!)
Discounted 1/2 Price: $175 (for those under 18 accompanied by parent or adult at regular price)
Class Location: Richfield Heritage Preserve Facility 4374 Broadview Rd. Richfield, Ohio 44286
For SIGNED UP STUDENTS: Information on Class Meet up location on day of the Class “CLICK HERE“
Overview of the Class
This class is a condensed version of the Survival 101 6 Day class and is designed for people who want to be prepared for a future emergency but have limited time. We will be covering the basics of Shelter, Fire, Water and Food. This will give you the necessary skills to meet any unexpected emergency in the future. During the class there will be an area available for you to camp-out for the weekend, or there are motels and hotels within a 15 minute drive of the class. Physical fitness is not required for this class since it will be knowledge based hands-on learning and not hiking long distances or carrying heavy packs!
This weekend class differs from the Survival 101 – 6 Day Class in the depth we go into each topic and the number of survival topics covered. We cannot put 6 days of material and hands-on training in a 2 day class, but we do a very good job of teaching you the essentials of survival in this weekend class. Think of it as going to see Disney World in Florida you can se the entire park in one day (our Weekend Survival Class) but you would see and do more if you took 3 or 4 days to visit the park (our 6 Day Survival 101 Class)
What you will Learn…
- How to make yourself “Lost-Proof”.
- The “One Match Fire”. A technique valuable for both survival situations and your next outdoor barbecue. Also various Fire Lays and how to make fire without matches, first using the traditional Flint and Steel method and then the Bow Drill.
- Primitive Traps to get you food in an emergency.
- How to choose a knife and knife sharpening techniques
- How to construct one of the most effective Outdoor Shelters available: a shelter with a temperature range of 15 oF to 90oF.
- Water Collection and Purification techniques, both natural and man-made will be covered in detail. The differences between Water Filters and Water Purifiers will be discussed.
- Other topics such as Knife Sharpening (for both hunting and kitchen knives), Food Procurement and Cooking Techniques will be covered.
- Identifying and preparing wild Edible Survival Foods so that you will always have multiple food sources available in the woods.
- How to design and make a “Survival Kit”
- Open discussions during the nighttime camp fires.
Meals will be provided during the class. The following is a “typical menu” for this class; however we reserve the right to modify or change some of the meals. If you prefer not to eat one or more of these meals, then you are welcome to use the camp kitchen to prepare a substitute meal that you provide for yourself or dine on the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches that we will have available in camp. The typical menu (subject to change) for this class would be:
Friday Dinner – Spaghetti or Rigatoni, tomato sauce, rolls, butter, Parmesan cheese
Saturday Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and Breakfast Bars
Saturday Lunch – BLTs (bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, bread, mayo) & Chips
Saturday Dinner – Kielbasa Kabobs (Kielbasa, pineapple, red and green peppers, onions)
Sunday Breakfast – Mountain Man Breakfast (Ash cakes, Johnny Cakes, berries, sausage cinnamon apples baked in “silver leaf” )
Sunday Lunch – Hot Dogs, Peanut Butter, & Jelly, chips and fruit, Vegetarian Chili, Hummus or similar
Frequently Asked Question:
Do I have to “eat bugs” at class?
No you will not have to “eat bugs” at class. We will discuss how you can do it in the future if you want to but with the edible plants we will teach you and the dead-fall and snare traps you will learn eating bugs just doesn’t come into play (unless your on a TV show and the shows producer wants you to eat some to bump up the shows ratings).
Can I stay in a Motel if I do not want to camp out for this class?
Yes you can. It’s nice to camp-out at class to enjoy the late night campfires but if you have back problems or would just like to have a hot shower every morning here is a list of local hotels and motels you can stay at.
CLICK HERE for local Hotels/Motels
I’m not in great physical shape, can I still take the class? Will there be a lot of walking?
Yes you can take the class and no there will not be a lot of walking or hiking. In both of our Survival 101 Classes we focus your time on hands-on skills and knowledge. There is not need to hike you any distance to learn that. Likewise this is a hands-on skills and knowledge based class so physical strength or endurance is not necessary.
I’ve never been camping before or know anything about survival, will I be embarrassed in the class?
No you will ever be embarrassed in class! We DO NOT “call people out” nor do we make them perform tasks in front of the group. If you want to try out camping for the first time this is the perfect place to do it., our instructors will be around to offer a helping hand, or you can just stay in one of the local hotels or motels for the 2 nights. As far as the skills go, we start at the beginning to build up everyone knowledge base so everyone will have the basics as the class progresses. You will never be “put on the spot” at class.
What if it rains?
Bring a raincoat or poncho as well as water-proof boots or shoes. There will be a pavilion for us to “hide from the rain drops” for some sections but thats the type of situation to learn these skills in so that on a clear dry day you’ll look like an expert.
Is there a bathroom there or will we have to “use the woods”?
Yes there will be an old-fashion” outhouse” on site (but it has no running water) in the next building over.
Is there a place I can take a shower?
Yes and No… there is not a community shower on site however you are welcome to bring a solar shower and privacy tarp to use in the morning or evening. There is also a Pilot Travel Center Truck Stop about 10 minutes from camp that has showers available for $12. You can drive there either before or after the days activities to shower if you like. However since this only a 3 day class most people take a “sponge bath” in their tents using “baby wipes”.
How far will I have to hike in with my gear?
You will park your vehicle a the parking lot which will be about a 1/4 mile from where you will be camping so it will be a very short walk on flat ground. You can go back to your vehicle anytime you like during the class.
What would you suggest I bring to class if I will be camping out?
Click Here for a list of items you may want to bring to class.
What do I need to bring to class if I am going to stay in a hotel ?
The list above is still what I would suggest you bring to class, just eliminate the tent, sleeping bag, ground pad and pair of wool sleeping socks.
Can I take your Survival 201 – Applications & Techniques Class after I complete this weekend class?
Yes you can…IF you practice the skills you learned in this class.
What if I need to cancel my reservation for class?
Click Here for our full Refund Policy
Answers to other Questions people ask…
Note: The Weekend class will satisfy your prerequisite to continue in our course sequence to Survival 201. However due to the limited time in this class, if you plan to continue on and take the Survival 201 – Applications & Techniques class, you will need to practice the skills and techniques you acquire in this class on your own in order to become proficient with the skills to get the most out of the Survival 201 class.