July 16-21, 2017 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA
Wilderness Survival has become synonymous with the over-dramatized survival programs on television. While some of these programs do provide valuable advice, most of them are filled with poor choices that, if followed, will get you injured or killed in a real emergency. Without proper training, separating the fact from fiction can be a difficult task. Our primary focus this week is to teach participants the practical skills that will save them in a true emergency.
While a number of Traditional Skills will be introduced, our goal this week is to provide participants with a pragmatic skill set. For instance, spending five hours building a lean-to when it gets dark in 20 minutes is not a practical choice. Trying to build a bow-drill fire kit from scratch without a knife and without properly seasoned wood in the damp environment of the Pacific Northwest is rarely practical.
Although those types of skills will be demonstrated, we will challenge you to perfect the basics first – like carrying a small fire steel and a couple of cotton balls to make fire whenever needed. Additionally, we will spend time practicing building good habits. Always remembering to tell someone where we are going and when we will be back; always carrying most of our 10 essentials when we hike; and knowing how to act in an emergency. We will return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, what it takes to survive in true emergencies.
Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18-26 may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek running simultaneously. Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain serves as a prerequisite for our Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge and the Primal Fusion Wilderness Living advanced survival camps running simultaneously so can only be taken next year after graduating from Survivors Side.
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
This camp week is designed to provide participants with reliable and practical skills for emergency survival situations. Much of our time will be spent replicating “emergencies” deep in the woods. Due to this, it is not recommended for those who become easily homesick. Some of the skills we will focus on are:
- Practice the Critical Order of Emergency Survival;
- Learn the 10 Essential items to always carry with in a wilderness setting;
- Learn the Top 10 Lost-proofing, Navigation & Orienteering Skills;
- Practice constructing practical survival shelters [bivouac bed, plastic tarping] in timed emergency scenarios;
- Learn the proper way to use fire steels and matches; practice fire construction/lighting;
- Learn the Top 10 Hazards in nature and what to do during animal encounters;
- Honorably Harvest the Top 5 Most Important Survival Plants;
- Learn how to purify water using iodine, filters, and seeps; practice boiling water in a metal water bottle;
- Learn Knife Safety and how to use other tools;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- Introduction to skills offered in our Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge, and our Traditional Living Skills Camp.
Camp Schedule & Activities:
Sunday: Arrive; enjoy a warm meal cooked over a campfire; agreements and ice breakers; risk training; awareness skills; critical order of survival; bowdrill fire demonstration; campfire music and stories;
Monday: All things shelter; learn the five “W’s” of shelter building; learn to read the landscape to determine the best emergency shelter location; emergency shelter challenge; learn the 10 essentials and lost-proofing skills;
Tuesday: All things fire; learn fire construction methods/lighting techniques; practice fire steels with cotton balls; practice fire steels with natural tinder; learn where to look for dry fire construction materials in wet conditions; team fire challenge; learn how to bank goals;
Wednesday: All things water and food; learn how to use iodine; learn how to use water filters; learn where to look for water sources; learn how to dig a seep; practice boiling water in a metal water bottle; learn honorable harvesting techniques; learn the top five survival plants; sleep in the woods;
Thursday: Leave a plan and return time; hike to remote location; emergency survival challenge – Survive Trek to Side of the Mountain;
Friday: Survival Celebration.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 4:00-4:30 PM Sunday meet at Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 (just over 5 miles east past Elbe, and 2 miles before you get to the Ashford Valley Grocery gas station to the east) along Hwy 706 toward Mt. Rainier – Paradise. We’ll have food for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Or use our transportation – 1:30 SeaTac Airport $95; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $65; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 2:00-2:30 in time for a 2:30-4:30 student-lead survival review workshop and awards ceremony before departing between 4:30-5:00 pm. Or use our transportation to Puyallup Wolf Campus 7-9 pm Friday $45, or Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 6:00 Friday $65; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
$675 if you register by December 25th, or $685 by February 10th, or $695 by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!
Scholarships: Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
Register Now for Summer 2017:
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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.
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