Survival 101

You are alone in the middle of a vast wilderness. What brought you here does not matter – all that matters is that you… survive! What is the first thing you would do? What are the necessities needed to insure you make it out alive? Survival 101 will help you answer these questions. Through this engaging and dynamic experience, you will work with former US Air Force SERE instructors as you explore the seven priorities of survival – the seven elements of making it back alive! The seven priorities include positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Survival 101 will take you through these priorities over the course of two days and one night. In the end, after “rescue,” you will know how to cope with the psychological stresses, treat injuries, tie knots and lashings, improvise shelters, start and maintain a knee-high fire in the pouring rain, effectively communicate to rescuers, find and purify water, understand how to procure food and read topographical maps and use a compass! Begin your adventure now by registering for this course today.

Survival 101 – Women’s Course

Whether trying to survive in the wilderness or in the board room, confidence in one’s abilities is a necessary ingredient. Woman in business, in relationships, or on their own in a strange environment need strong confidence to thrive. This unique version of Survival 101 is geared toward women. Through becoming immersed in a realistic survival scenario, you will gain not only practical survival skills, but also learn how to develop the keys to success that are already inside you. Over the course of two days and one night, you will explore the seven priorities of survival; the even ingredients of building self confidence! The seven priorities include positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Through this simulation, you will also become familiar with wilderness safety, preparedness, and camping skills. While participants have the option to spend the night in a tent, they can also choose to stay in Mountain Shepherd’s lodge. Take the first step toward a new and more confident you – register today!

Humble Thunder

Looking for a real survival experience? Do you want to test your ability to conquer nature? Humble Thunder is more than the course for you! Over the course of four days and three nights, you become a proficient global survivor. Relying on the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food, you will survive the elements as you camp in a primitive manner. Using nothing but newly learned skills, you will build shelters in which you will sleep. Campfires that you will build will cook your food. An day long off-trail hike puts your newly learned land navigation skills to the test. In the end, after you are rescued, you will recognize that yes, nature can be tamed – and you possess the skills to survive!

Rolling Thunder

An advanced adult course designed to put your skills to the psychological and physical stress challenges experienced in a survival situation. Looking for a vision quest, this is it! Over the course of four days and three nights, you will spend one day overviewing the seven priorities of survival, map reading, and basic navigation. Beginning on day 2, you will hit the trails as you traverse the Blue Ridge Mountain’s ridges and valleys, relying on nature to survive! You will build shelters, cook the food you will be carrying over open fires that you build, and identify water sources. You will survive this survival scenario – but it will take work. You will be rescued – but you will have to earn it. After your return to civilization, you will find a new you – one that is stronger, and one that is much more confident. Register today to begin this ultimate, truly life changing adventure!

Hidden Pursuit

It is anytime, anyplace. But the place is hostile, and you are behind enemy lines! Unlike a typical survival experience, you now want to stay hidden – you do not want to be seen, as being seen will mean certain capture! What do you do? How can you move across hostile territory and make it to safety? This course will help you learn how to master the art of escape and evasion as a US Air Force SERE instructor shares the skills that could mean the difference between life and death. Over the course of four days and three nights, you will learn how to evade enemy forces and then actually move across rough terrain as the “enemy” pursues you. Map reading skills and survival skills will be put to the test as you must reach safety without being captured. Do you have what it takes? Register today in order to begin this unique and challenging adventure.

Wild Comforts

Any parent navigating parenthood will probably admit that the family unit can feel like a wilderness at times! While numerous parenting books attempt to help parents navigate this foreign land, many find that their children do not fit the simple molds found in such books. If you are looking for a unique way to bond with your children, and in turn strengthen your family, you will want to enroll your family today in this two day and one night camping experience. Over the course of your family wilderness adventure, you and your family will develop better camping skills through hands-on experiences. The seven priorities of survival will serve as the foundation upon which your adventure will rest, so you will explore positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Enroll today to begin to create a memory your children will keep close to their hearts.

Urban Pursuit

If the nightly news is any indication, an individual is justified to be slightly anxious when traveling to cities within and without the United States borders. A simple wrong turn can place you in an environment that could prove dangerous. With a global economy strengthening, more and more individuals are finding themselves required to travel. This course will help you relieve your anxieties and help insure that your chances of finding a successful and rewarding travel experience increase dramatically. Learn to avoiding dangerous situations. Identify signs indicating danger may be close. Learn to escape to a safe harbor. Learn how to assist in your rescue should you find yourself in a hostage situation. This course will better prepare you as you enter a foreign wilderness defined by concrete and steel. Get started on your way to becoming a savvy traveler – enroll today!

Self Defense

Mountain Shepherd has partnered with the top-notch team at Counter Response Tactical offering this course combining survival and evasion skills with self-defense and precision pistol training. This course taught by former U.S. Military believes that anyone can be and should be taught the skills to be able to defend and protect themselves and those they care about. Preparedness isn’t about just being diligent and informed; it means taking an active step towards what possibly COULD happen. Do you know what YOU would do should an intruder invade your home? What is the best possible outcome should you face hostile intent in the work place? Would you have the knowledge to make a seconds-fast decision on how to react?

Wilderness First Aid

Safety always! This course is designed for the outdoor enthusiast, backpacker, dayhiker or wilderness survivalist who require or desire wilderness first aid knowledge and skills. Wilderness First Aid is an objectives-driven, skills-based course based on the ASHI Wilderness First Aid (WFA) program. The course utilizes didactic instructions and active participation to teach students foundational knowledge of the principles of first aid in a wilderness setting and application of that knowledge. Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements defined by ASHI for WFA certification, students will be issued documentation of certification.

Sisterhood: Wild and Free

Are you tired of the same old “girl’s night out”? Do you want to find a truly rewarding experience with women seeking to advance in their professional and personal lives? Then register today for this weekend adventure where you will rejuvenate your self-confidence, refresh your spirit, and renew your sense of accomplishment. Through the seven priorities of survival, you, along with other dynamic women, will successfully navigate several challenging scenarios. In the end, you will acquire practical skills that relate to both survival in the wilderness and to personal growth. You will even be assessed to determine individual styles and preferences that in turn impact your unique approach to challenging situations. No wilderness experience is necessary – all you need is the courage to take the first step toward a new, and stronger, you! Register today!

Trail Mix

Is the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail calling your name? Do you want to try out backpacking but don’t know where to start? Do you have experience backpacking, but are looking to lighten your load. Either way, this overnight backpacking course is designed to meet your needs. You will learn how to properly select, fit, and pack a backpack with the 7 Survival Priorities in mind. Spend two days learning all the basics of backpacking including campsite selection, camp cooking, water treatment systems, and how to stay safe and comfortable while you hike, all the while keeping an ultralight focus. You’ll also learn about Leave No Trace guidelines the importance of minimum-impact camping. Our instructor has personally completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (and several other trails!), so this is a great course for those considering and overnight trip or a long-distance hike!

Bushcraft Essentials

The course focuses on the art and science of living in the wilderness. Our goals are twofold: exist comfortably in the backcoutry, and reduce our dependence on modern backpacking gear. The skills we teach in our Bushcraft courses are for thriving with minimal gear. These same skills, though, will empower students to feel prepared in survival situations.

GEMS – Girls Summer Camp

GEMS are Girls Empowered through exploration of seven survival priorities: positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, fire, signaling, water, and food. During a five-day overnight experience, GEMS will learn the practical skills associated with each priority. Girls will also discover the parallels between each survival priority and their lives in the “front country.” GEMS will gain an appreciation for their natural and social surroundings through fun — and deceptively educational — activities such as night hikes, team-building games, and biodiversity studies. After five days, GEMS leave with confidence and compassion, knowing more about themselves and how they interpret and interact with their world. GEMS: Girls Empowered at Mountain Shepherd! A fun week finding courage, developing confidence with compassion! Sign up your middle school aged daughter today!

GEMS: Digging Deeper

Girls come to this camp after attending GEMS: Becoming a GEM. Also a five-day overnight experience, Digging Deeper challenges girls to step further out of their comfort zone. After they review the seven survival priorities, girls spend time building stronger skills.