Applied Outdoor Survival Skills Weekend part 1 - Beginner

This is long overdue. Many members have requested an outdoor camping trip that incorporates the skills learned in our meetups. There are several seasoned members that are willing to volunteer their time and skills to help those that need practical experience. More details will follow soon. Here is the basic outline. 1. Members and their kids ( of an age and mindset able to focus ) will meet at a preset location and will caravan to the site. These folks will have all of their own camping gear, water and food for a weekend. Anyone under the age of 18 must be under the constant supervision of their parent or guardian, no exceptions. Also while we are all respectful of individuality we do ask that
no alcohol be a part this trip. We will leave at 5:30pm. We will arrive to our preselected campsites (in PA) before 7:30pm. There will be toilets available. If you don't have the needed camping gear try borrowing from a friend or talk to Fernando and we can work something out. There will be site fees at a minimum of $5.00 per head to be collected at the initial meeting on Friday at 5:30pm. 2. We will set up our individual camps before 8pm. Those who need help pitching tents and getting oriented will receive that assistance from those of us with many trail miles to our history. 3. On Friday night a communal camp fire will be lit and we can acclimate to our surrounds before retiring for the night. Marshmallows will be provided free to all! :) 4. Saturday will be full of fun and engaging workshops. Preset mealtimes will be set aside for you to eat and relax. Workshops will include : a. Water gathering b. Native fishing and frogging techniques c. Effective simple shelter building ( natural materials, 550 para cord, duct tape and 3mil plastic sheeting will be used ) d. Making and setting snares and deadfalls e. Firewood and tinder gathering ( for use in your fire later) f. Fire starting and fire control ( Bowdrilling, magnesium sparking , different fire formations for different needs, extinguishing ) 5. After breakfast on Sunday some will take a brief hike or you can take your time packing up camp. We will be on the road home by 12 noon. Back before 2pm , with the rest of your day to unload and unwind. This is designed for beginners and is a prerequisite for participation in
Applied Outdoor Survival Skills Weekend part Part 2 - Advanced which will focus on far more difficult skill sets . Part 2 will put all of Part 1 to use but will not include the luxuries of tents, toilets and sleepingbags. Rather Part 2 will rely exclusively on the contents of our recommended Survival Kit with minimal food packed in. Here is a list of what you may want to bring : tent / sleepingbag with mat / water ( 1-2 gal. per person) / spare clothes / food ( 3 meals for Sat & 1 for Sun) / flashlight / knife or leatherman / bug repellent / folding chair / boots / toilet paper Here is the Survival Kit list, you will not need a complete kit for Part 1 but it is to your advantage to have most of it. This kit is lightweight and very compact. Easily kept in your car or backpack a. Leatherman Wave / Gerber Multitool b. 8" zip ties - 30 ea c. 3 mil. 55 gal Contractor bags - 2 to 3 ea d. 3 mil. clear plastic sheet - 8ft x 10ft e. 550 parachord - 50 ft f. Duct tape - 20 to 30 ft on a flat roll g. Signal mirror h. LED flashlight with a switch i. Unlubricated , unribbed condoms - 3 ea ( the thicker the better ) j. Compass - button compass ( with moving face) is preferred to the needle compass k. Whistle - it is better have a whistle without a ball inside l. Latex surgical tubing - 6 to 10 ft m. Clear medium or tall trash bags - 2 to 4 ea n. Butane Bic lighter 1 ea o. Strike anywhere matches dipped in wax ( not too thick) p. Firestarters - fuelsticks or cotton/petrojelly balls in foil - 8 or more ea q. Magnesium spark stick r. Gatoraid / electrolyte powder s. Medium sized fishing hooks 10 ea t. Small bottle of chlorine bleach u. Bandana, large - 1 ea v. hoop needle, large - 1 ea w. Travel sized baby wipes - 1 pack x. Gauze pads - 2 ea y. Powerbars - 3 to 6 ea z. Triple antibiotic salve / Neosporin If you have any questions or ideas for this trip, please contact Fernando ASAP. This will be a solid survival basics course but we will approach it at a relaxed pace. There are good memories to be formed and valuable life lessons to be kept. Information that can never be taken away from you.

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    loads of fun with practical applications.

    September 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing event to attend. The amount of info shared was great and I had a chance to
    meet some great people. I wish some of the other meetups were on saturdays so I can make more
    of them.

    May 23, 2010

  • JoAnne

    The usual AWESOME training session, this one included time to get to know your fellow travelers. The huge amount of knowledge shared strengthens your independence and confidence that you will survive and thrive under any circumstances. I am more than grateful to have found the generous souls that lead, teach and attend these sessions.

    May 11, 2010

  • Laura A.

    I had a great time with my family and learning lots of new things. Everyone was so nice and the teachers were very helpful. I took lots of pictures and look forward to everyone getting to check them out :)

    May 10, 2010

  • Laura A.

    I had a great time and have lots of pictures to put up.... the uploader is giving me a problem but will get them all up soon.

    May 10, 2010

  • Barb

    Had a great time, meeting new people, learning new skills and it was so nice to be in the outdoors!

    May 10, 2010

  • Christian L.

    Absolutely fascinating! Very informative & a lot of fun. I would enjoy if this was an annual or bi-annual event.

    May 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely Fabulous! :-) Terrific teachers and students, the subjects were extremely interesting and the instructors well prepaired, it was fun and exciting to learn so much of what I've always had an interest in and never had opportunity to apply in real life. I'll be trying out the new skills I've learned whenever I go camping (which is, like, every other week) and I can't wait for part 2! Hope to see everybody again, and hope that others who are interested will join in. Thanks Fernando, John, and everybody else who taught us so much great material. You guys are the best!

    May 9, 2010

  • Michelle

    Many thanks to Fernando, John Kennedy and Laura for putting together, and pulling off, an amazing and informative weekend! And the little bit of rain we had didn't interfere with any of the lessons or workshops!! Thanks again for a wonderfully executed weekend!!

    May 9, 2010


    The space in French Creek State Park has been secured! Toilets but no shower. If you are seasoned in bushcraft and would be willing to help plan and teach for this excursion please contact me now. All those that have extra tents and stoves to lend please make yourself known as Mean Gene did. A detailed email will follow to all who have RSVP d . If you are a Maybe, please decide which way you will go as we are filling to capacity. If you are bringing guests ( or kids) please RSVP them too.

    April 9, 2010

  • Mean G.

    I have a couple of extra tents and tent space to spare. If anyone needs a loaner let me know.I have a 2 person we probably won't be using. A 5 person we might use for ease of set up. And a huge 8-9 person with vestibule and plenty of room for gear. I have other assorted camping gear too so if anyone wants to come but needs gear please let me know. I'll see what I have that I can loan out.

    March 17, 2010

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