Basic courses

SURVIVAL SKILLS COURSE OUTLINES- BASIC

BUILD & MAINTAIN A FIRE
Learn how to properly build a fire using firestarter, kindling and matches. Learn how to keep your fire maintained for cooking, heating or banking it properly to burn thru the night.

CAMOUFLAGING TECHNIQUES
Learn the art of camouflage. Find out what types of camouflage are used in your area and how you can blend in with any surroundings.

CAMPING BASICS
This class will teach you the basic elements of camping. Students will be given instruction on proper gear selection, choosing a proper camp location and the basic elements of setting up a base camp.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

CAMPSITE PREPS
Learn how to make your camp more comfortable with cool tip and techniques. Learn how to set your camp up into a usable space keeping safety and ease in mind.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT GEAR
Learn how to choose the correct gear for the type of trip and elements you will be experiencing. Learn how to layer clothing, choose proper weight for age, select the proper backpack for various ages and gender.

COOKING OVER AN OPEN FIRE
This class will teach you various methods of how to prepare a meal over an open fire. Students will cook a snack in tinfoil during this class.

DIGGING A LATRINE
Learn the proper method of digging a latrine. Learn where and how deep to dig a latrine. Learn how to construct a seat out of branches to make using the latrine more comfortable. Learn about sanitation and how to properly cover a used latrine.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.
OPTIONAL: Additional $10/per student for 25 ft of paracord & a hand trowel that you take home at the completion of class

FINDING WATER SOURCES
Learn how to find water sources in any environment. Learn how to gather water for use from these sources.

FOOTCARE OUTDOORS
Learn how to properly care for your feet while hiking or adventuring outdoors. Learn basic sanitation, foot care, injury prevention and treatment.

FORAGING BASICS
Learn how to forage for plants, animals and other edibles in your area.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

HOME-MADE FIRE STARTERS
Learn how to make portable fire starters to place in your 72 hour survival kits.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $10/ per student for materials to construct a home-made firestarter that you will take with you at the completion of the course.

HYGIENE IN THE WOODS
Learn the importance of hygiene outdoors and how to maintain cleanliness in the wild

HOME-MADE FIRE STARTERS
Learn how to make portable fire starters to place in your 72 hour survival kits.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $10/ per student for materials to construct a home-made firestarter that you will take with you at the completion of the course.

HYGIENE IN THE WOODS
Learn the importance of hygiene outdoors and how to maintain cleanliness in the wild.

KNOTS- BASIC TYING

Learn basic knot tying techniques.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $10/ per student for materials to tie knots with that you will take with you at the completion of the course to continue practicing on. Students will also receive an illustrated knot tying card to keep.

LOADING A BACKPACK CORRECTLY
Learn why it is important to load gear correctly in your backpack. Learn how to properly load a backpack to reduce injury and fatigue.

ORIENTEERING- BASICS
Learn the basics of map and compass navigation.

STAYING FIT
Learn why it is important to stay fit. Learn exercises and techniques that will keep you in shape for outdoor activities and increase your overall health.
STAYING WARM WHILE SLEEPING
Learn how to stay warm while sleeping outdoors in and out of a shelter. Learn tricks and techniques to keep you warmer on chilly nights.

SURVIVAL BASICS
Learn the basic elements of survival, why they are the building blocks of survival and how sticking to them will help keep you alive in survival situations.

USING BINOCULARS & MAP DISTANCE
Learn how to properly use binoculars and how to judge distance using binoculars. Learn how to tell distance on a map in coordination with where you are and where you need to go.

USING A MACHETE
Learn the various types of machetes, their individual uses and why certain machetes are used more than others. Learn how to safely and properly cut thru brush with a machete and how to sharpen your machete blade.

#10 CANS & THEIR USES
Learn the many uses of a used #10 can and how to make them into useful items. In this class students will make a hobo stove using a #10 can and other materials.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Additional $20/ per student for materials to construct a hobo stove that you will take with you at the completion of the course.

YOURE LOST- NOW WHAT?
Learn what to do once you realize you are lost. Learn proper self-rescue techniques that will aid in your being found or self-rescue.

Intermediate courses


ADVANCED ROPE SKILLS
In this class you will learn how to create a variety of tools and items you can use making ropes. You will learn advanced knot tying and be constructing a useful item with a rope.

ARCHERY BASICS
Learn the basic elements of archery. Learn about how bows work and the property of arrows that allow them to fly straight. Learn the benefits of archery hunting.

BUILD A ROCKET STOVE
Learn how to build a rocket stove.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $30/ per student for materials to construct a rocket stove that you will take with you at the completion of the course.


BUILD A SNOW CAVE
Learn how to build a snow cave. Students will construct a snowcave to learn how to properly construct a snow shelter using tools provided. Students will learn how to properly vent and heat a snowcave.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

BUILD A FIRE BED
Learn how to build a proper fire bed to heat your body thru the night.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

FIRE- DAKOTA HOLES
Learn how to properly dig a Dakota hole to make a fire in.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

FISHING METHODS
Learn the basics of fishing. The types of fishing utilized by other cultures will be covered and basic methods of survival fishing will be discussed and learned.

HYPOTHERMIA/FROSTBITE
Learn to prevent, recognize and treat hypothermia and frostbite.

IMPROVISED TOOLS/ WEAPONS
Learn how to build tools and weapons by improvising with items you have on hand.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $20/ per student for materials to construct an improvised tool that you will take with you at the completion of the course.

MAKING WATER DRINKABLE
Learn how to purify water, what types of bacteria thrive in water sources and how to prevent, recognize and treat water borne illnesses such a giardia (commonly known as beaver fever).

MAP READING
Learn the basics of reading a map and understanding topography.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

READING THE WEATHER
Learn how to read the weather by watching the skies and environment around you.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

SHELTERS
Learn how to construct a survival shelter.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

SNOWSHOEING
Learn how to properly use snowshoes. Learn the difference between snowshoeing and cross country skiing and why one is better than the other in certain situations.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.
This class requires snowshoe rental fees, which vary from month to month. Call for current rental fee pricing for the size of your group.

STARGAZING AND ORIENTEERING
Learn and understand the constellations in the sky. Learn how they signify different times of the year and how to navigate by the stars.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

TANNING ANIMAL HIDES
This class teaches you the basic process for tanning animal hides using a salting method or a brain tanning method. No hides will actually be tanned for this class. For instructional purposes only.

USING WILLOW 

Learn tips and techniques for creating tools and useful items using willow branches. Create a basket by weaving willow branches together.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class:
Base course fee: $50
Additional $20/ per student for materials to construct a willow basket that you will take with you at the completion of the course.

 

Advanced courses

BACKCOUNTRY SURVIVAL AND LORE
Learn tips and techniques to survive and thrive in the wilderness. Learn local legends and lore. Learn about the area you live in and what hidden benefits lay at your fingertips to help you have that extra edge to survive in your area.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

BUILD A SPIDER HOLE
Learn how to build a spider hole, why they are used and when they should be considered.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

CACHES
Learn how to make caches for food and other items you wish to have safeguarded.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

FIRE MAKING WITHOUT MATCHES
Learn how to make a fire without matches.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.
This course is a hands on learning class. The fee for this class is a special exception to general cost per course due to the nature of the class: 
Base course fee: $50
Additional $10/ per student for materials to build a fire without matches that you will take with you at the completion of the course. Each student will receive a magnesium firestarter to take home with them. 

RENDERING FAT 
Learn the proper procedures for turning fat into a usable product for soap and other applications.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

RIVER CROSSING TECHNIQUES
Learn how to cross a river safely with a variety of techniques using tools and other methods. Learn how to move yourself or a large mass of people quickly and safely over swift water. This is a dry run course. There will be no actual water crossing made.
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

TRACKING ANIMALS
Learn how to track animals. Learn how to read animal signs. Learn where to set snares for optimal success in snaring an animal.
This is partially an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

TRAP MAKING FOR SMALL GAME
Learn how to make traps and snares for small game in survival situations. Learn the local laws regarding trapping in your area. Understand the difference between survival snaring/trapping and commercial snaring/trapping. 
This is an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.

WILD EDIBLES
Learn how to properly identify several local edible plants. Learn how they can be cooked or processed for eating. Learn medicinal values those plants have and how to correctly apply them.
This is partially an outdoor class. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for weather conditions.
*BOOK AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL $15