Fieldcraft: Wilderness Survival takes you through the four basic necessities: shelter, water, fire, and food (plus a few bonus tips). Students will learn knife skills & blade safety concepts to build a primitive shelter, insulating and waterproofing techniques, multiple useful knots and examples of tarp shelter setups. Multiple fire starting methods will be explored, including bow drill fire, ferro rod, how to make fire at night, and in different shelter types. Students will also learn water procurement and filtration, how to make primitive traps, as well as becoming familiar with local plant life that can be beneficial for nutrition or medicine.
Upon completion students will have the knowledge to:
This class takes place in the outdoors and is very hands-on. For example, you will venture out on the 300-acre property with your Instructor to gather materials for your bow drill kit, carve the kit yourself and then be instructed on proper form, tips, etc. as you attempt to create fire from friction. Nothing can replace hands-on experience and we specifically have you make your own bow drill kit because we want you to fully understand the process and be able to recreate it on your own when you go back home.
Some elements of this course are discussion-based and instructor-led presentation order to relay critical information but, our intent is to make sure you get plenty of hands-on experience actually doing things with your own two hands.
Make this the experience you want it to be! You are more than welcome to camp on-site at no extra charge. If you want to spend the night in a hotel (or at home for local students) and come back for class the following day well rested, do it! Bring steaks or burgers to cook over the fire if you want (we have a charcoal grill on site as well). Make yourself as comfortable (or uncomfortable) as you want because at the end of the day, it has zero impact on the material we are going to teach you or the skills that you will learn during this class. Come to this class expecting to have fun and to learn a lot!
Note: Feel free to bring any survival gear you own but haven’t yet tried out. This is a great time to test out water filtration systems, etc. that you may have stored in your bug-out bag.
There will be a porta-potty on location.
The historical War Eagle Mill is less than a mile from our base camp. It is a great place to check out and they have all sorts of goods for sale in their gift shop from their traditional milling process done on site.
They also have a great little restaurant located upstairs to grab some lunch.
Bonus: We will discuss survival packs, gear, bags and the minimum survival gear that you should always carry with you.