July 16-21, 2017 Overnight Camp & Expedition with prerequisite near Mount Rainier
This camp is designed to replicate a life “off the grid” without the luxuries of the modern world. As such, 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. We will use the gifts which nature supplies us, including natural bug spray, soap and soft bough beds. We will construct a waterproof lean-to, warm debris huts, safe fire pits, reflective walls, and buried hot beds. 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; lead guided activities. The group will decide how to best tackle their community challenges. Challenges may include: access to clean water, food, and shelters. As the week progresses, we will move away from modern luxuries [guaranteed meals and water; pots and pans] and undertake true Traditional Living.
On the other hand, we will also fuse another survival philosophy into this camp, including a comprehensive understanding of Wannabeian Philosophy. On a clear, crisp night in September deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Wilderness Wannabes were born. One part Minimalism, three parts Pragmatism, and six parts Awesome, the Wannabeasts began crafting a curriculum unmatched by other, so-called, Wilderness Experts. Since their Santa Cruzian debut, the Wannabeasts have undertaken a multitude of Survival Treks, have studied the shows of their Competitors, and have finally chosen 2014 as their debut year.
The Wilderness Wannabes are built upon a Codex of Wisdom, the Wilderness Wannabes Code of Wilderness Pragmatism [WWCWP]. The first two, and most important rules, are provided as example of what one can expect (If you won’t die, do nothing. If you will die, do the bare minimum.) and by learning to follow basic rules like these, the Wannabes will have prepared you for any Wilderness Emergency.
Ages 9-17: Open/Available with prerequisite of Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain in the previous week or year. This is an advanced program.
Ages 18-26 Open/Available with prerequisite of Wilderness Survival Training & Trek in the previous week or year. This is an advanced program.
Sunday: Arrive; enjoy a warm meal; meet your tribe; create government structure; learn/practice the Critical order of Survival;
Monday: All things shelter; review the five “W’s” of shelter building; select a community location; begin work on shelters; discuss responsible forestry practices;
Tuesday: All things water; discuss water’s tendencies; practice digging seeps; look for natural springs; secure reliable water source; rock boil; begin burn bowls;
Wednesday: All things fire; begin work on bowdrill kits; practice fire construction/lighting methods; learn the best places to gather fire materials; finish bowdrill kits; finish burn bowls; build drying rack;
Thursday: All things food; learn honorable harvesting techniques; learn top 10 survival plants; gather as many as possible; learn how to prepare and cook each; learn how to dry/store fibers for rope; learn how to make jerky;
Friday: Complete projects; learn leave no trace philosophy; community closing.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The foundation of the Traditional Living Skills Camp is for participants to create a leadership/governance structure to form the most successful and efficient tribe possible. During the week, we will build a community from the ground up. Some of the skills we will focus on are:
- Traditional Survival Shelters. We will learn to construct the Debris Hut and Lean-To. If supplies and time permit, we will introduce the Earth Lodge, Wickiup, Thatch Hut, or Wigwam;
- Become an expert with the Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction;
- Natural Water Purification [seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs];
- Honorably Harvest, cook, and eat the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants;
- Learn the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- Cook over an open fire and practice Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation (Herbs, Nuts, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Insects);
- Spin natural rope for your shelter, bow-drill kit, shoelaces, and fishing line;
- Burn out your own bowl and spoon for eating;
- Learn 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.
- Learn the Wilderness Wannabes Code of Wilderness Pragmatism [WWCWP] and how to successfully apply it in the Wilderness and your daily life.
- Learn the how-to’s, and then direct and shoot your own WW style outdoor skills videos.
- Discover all the secret tricks of the trade the Wannabes have picked up over the years.
- Go on a Wilderness trek with the famous WW!
- Learn Wannabes pragmatic wilderness skills such as Wannabes Minimalism, Wannabes shelters, Wanna-drills, am-tracking, and Wannabes cuisine!
- Enjoy a Humorist, and therefore humorous, approach to outdoor education, ripping other lame “outdoor experts” to shreds.
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 here for location and transportation details which are the same as for the intro Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain and the adult Wilderness Survival Training & Trek.
Costs are the same as for the intro Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain or the adult Wilderness Survival Training & Trek. Recommended additions to Advanced Primal Fusion include Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics, and Ancient Archers & Artisans taking place in August.
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, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program.
Register Now for Summer 2017:
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