Our first Wild Comforts course brings families together in the outdoors to strengthen their bonds and their camping skills by learning the basics of wilderness survival. This sequel to Wild Comforts introduces the basics of land navigation and gives families the opportunity to put their skills to the test on an overnight backpacking trip!

This family adventure begins Friday with survival training and backpacking basics at Mountain Shepherd. Saturday includes a lesson in land navigation with a map and compass and a challenging off-trail backpacking hike that will test your navigational knowledge! While exploring, families will be challenged to prove their preparedness by sheltering in place and cooking the food they’re carrying over a campfire they build. You will survive the scenario if you cover all the priorities and work together! The fun wraps up on Sunday with a short hike back to Mountain Shepherd after the exciting overnight excursion.

Have no fear, we’ve got all the gear! You do not need to purchase and/or bring any of your own gear other than footwear and clothing. On-trail snacks and meals are provided in addition to meals at Mountain Shepherd, with dietary accommodations made when necessary. A suggested packing list is available here. Wild Comforts 1.0 is not a prerequisite for this course.

  • Who: Adults (18+) and Children (10+)
  • What: Backpacking, survival skills, safety and planning skills
  • Where: Mountain Shepherd, Jefferson National Forest
  • When: Friday through Sunday – See schedule for specific dates.
  • With: Read more about our instructors on our Staff page.

August 7-9, 2020

Course Price:
$295 per adult
$150 per child

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 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.