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.
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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.