Survival 101

Survival 101
2018 Courses

  • December 09-10, 2017
  • January 20-21
  • February 3-4
  • February 24-25
  • March 31 - April 1
  • April 21-22
  • May 5-6
  • June 16-17
  • July 14-15
  • August 4-5
  • August 25-26
  • September 8-9
  • September 28-30
  • October 20-21


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!  Begin your adventure now by registering for this course today.

Cost: $295

What else should I know?

What outdoor experience do I need to attend this course? Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience to weekend warriors. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.

Do I get to eat bugs? You will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them.  Eating them is optional!

What time does the course start and end? The course begins at 10:00 Saturday morning and finishes by 1:00 on Sunday. Plan to arrive by 9:30 on Saturday. If you prefer to travel on Friday, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group.  Group, semi-private and private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

Do I sleep under the stars? This is your adventure!  You can sleep in a tent, a shelter you improvise or stay in the lodge.  The choice is yours.

What should I bring? Click here for an equipment list. This list includes gear you should always have with you on an outdoor adventure. Bring what you have or borrow from us. No need to buy any new gear prior to coming to a course.

Is the course taught outside? The training camps are setup outside held under parachute canopies. The Virginia location courses are held on Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100 acre property bordering the Jefferson National Forest.  The magnificent Tillamook Forest is used for the Oregon courses.

Do I need to bring a friend?  If you come alone, you are guaranteed to leave with new friends!  Of course, your friends are always welcome – sign them up too!

What is the age requirement of this course? This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.


Why did you decide to attend a survival school? We recently began backpacking and wanted to be prepared for any situation that might occur.

Why did you choose Mountain Shepherd? After carefully researching several options, Mountain Shepherd offered the most comprehensive course with the most educated/skilled team.

Before you went, what did you think survival training would be like? We thought we would be given some instructions in the beginning and then thrust into the wilderness to survive as pairs, with lessons as situations arose.

How did your experience surprise you? Well, it wasn’t really as we expected. We stayed somewhat close to the lodge, received instruction throughout our course and stayed together as a group. We felt that this allowed us the opportunity to learn in a less stressful manner, therefore allowing the information to sink in.

What was your favorite part of the entire time? Fire craft, who knew it could be that simple. We never thought we could build a fire of that magnitude with just a little preparation and time.

To whom would you recommend a survival course? Everyone! People tend to take for granted that nothing bad will ever happen and that modern conveniences will always be available.

What advice would you give to others who are about to take a survival training course? Relax and pay attention. There is so much information given and it is all important to remember.

Josh Deck - Age: 27
Jennie Deck - Age: 30

Lead Estimator for Excavation Compnay / Library Assistant

Why did you decide to attend a survival school? I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. Survival training just adds to the comfort level to any outdoor trek.

Why did you choose Mountain Shepherd? Mountain Shepherd has a proven program and reputation through programs for the Boy Scouts, the U.S. military, and other government organizations. Its record made Mountain Shepherd the logical choice for survival training.

Before you went, what did you think survival training would be like? Before Mountain Shepherd, I thought survival training was just training in primitive lifestyles.

How did your experience surprise you? Mountain Shepherd’s philosophy of modern survival makes its courses relevant to a much larger segment of the outdoor enthusiast community.

What was your favorite part of the entire time? Learning to identify useful items that surround you in a wilderness environment.

To whom would you recommend a survival course? Anyone who ventures into the wilderness.

What advice would you give to others who are about to take a survival training course? Bring your curiosity and be prepared for a fantastic learning experience.

David Henerson - Age: 54

Federal Government