This camp is designed to replicate a life “off the grid” without the luxuries of the modern world. We will spend the majority of the week deep in the woods exploring community living and traditional skills. Gain proficiency with the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving and fire carrying as we travel into the wilderness to live off the land. In the end, we will return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, our modern luxuries.
While a number of traditional skills will be explored, the primary focus of this week is on community; what it means to be part of a community and “what it takes” to flourish. Instructors will guide and advise the group; ensure participant safety and well-being; and lead guided activities. The group will decide how intensely to best tackle community challenges, such as access to clean water, food, and shelters.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
- Traditional Survival Shelters, such as the Wickiup and Thatch Hut;
- Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction;
- Natural Water Purification [seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs];
- Honorable Harvesting Methods, cooking, and eating the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants;
- Medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- Cooking over an open fire and practice Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation (Herbs, Nuts, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Insects);
- Spinning natural rope for your shelter, bow-drill kit, shoelaces, and fishing line;
- Burning out your own bowl and spoon for eating;
- How to make jerky and pemmican;
- Introduction to Wilderness Fishing;
- Swim in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
- Discuss Natural Selection Forestry; use Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting.