Wilderness Survival Skillsharing Weekend

Survive and Thrive Philadelphia, SEPA Survival & Bushcraft and Nature Studies team up yet again to provide our members with high quality content and experience for next to no money. A small $10 donation will just barely cover the costs of this event. Do not RSVP to more than one of these groups, we take your RSVP status very seriously and plan accordingly.SEPA Survival & Bushcraft members must prepay via PayPal in order to RSVP. S&T Philadelphia and Nature Studies members are expected to pay cash to their meetup organizers upon arrival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Survive and Thrive Wilderness Weekend Skillshare is tailored for those that have been to them in the past as well as for newcomers. We will cover a broad scope of basics in self reliant bush craft. Water, Shelter, Fire, Wild Food & Medicine, Orienteering and Traps & Snares will all be covered over Friday night 4/26/13, Saturday 4/27/13 and Sunday morning 4/28/13. Rain or shine, we will be ready for both.

 

It will take place in French Creek State Park -

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_004691.pdf

OGT sites #2&4 are located off of Fire Tower rd 1/8 mile north of Scotts Run rd , Elverson, Berks, Pennsylvania 19520.

The site is not clearly listed on most of the maps. Please share this info with your loved ones at home.

 

Kids of a an age and mindset to pay attention are welcome provided their parent or guardian keeps an eye on them at  AT ALL TIMES and they can focus on the topics at hand.

$10.00 per person , here is the plan:

Remember that wireless phone service is shoddy up there. GPS is recommended as a second to sticking together in a caravan. You are welcome to come and go earlier or later as you dictate your own schedule. Please feel free to participate in what ever way that you can throughout the weekend.  That said, the order of skillsharing and tent placement are kept fluid until the moment that they are to be set into place. Those that do not set up/break camp with the group may find some disadvantage.


There is a hand pump well for water in the parking area, however we will provide a hand and face Washing Station with pure soap and clean towels. Clean, sterile wash water will be maintained throughout the weekend. We will also set up Power Station and Cooking Station.

 

The  Power Station can be used by anyone to recharge cell phones and run small appliances over the whole weekend.

 

The Cooking Station will be a collection of propane camp stoves on a sturdy table. Whatever food or drinks that you bring that require cooking/heating/boiling can be safely prepared here. We will ensure that plenty of propane is on hand as well as matches and fire extinguishers. These stations are open to you at anytime. If you have a camp stove you are welcome to share it at the table.


Your tent site should be set up right away and your gear placed where you want it.

Your car or truck is to be parked in the parking lot unless you are sleeping in it.

If you are early to bed or a light sleeper then consider setting your tent away from the fire. If you know that you snore loudly, please cast your camp away from the rest. If you need assistance with your tent, there will be plenty of others to help you. If you want to eat after that then have at it.

 

Be sure to have a good amount of bug spray, be mindful of ticks .  We will have a comprehensive medical kit including an EpiPen for anaphylactic shock . The nearest hospital is Pottstown General. It is a 15- 20 minute trip from our site for a motivated driver. First responders will be among us.

Of course we will take all precautions to avoid any injuries , however you do participate under your own volition and at your own risk.

Children under 18 years are sole responsibility of the parent and MUST REMAIN WITH THAT PARENT AT ALL TIMES WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Please and thank you.

 

 

Friday Evening - Settle in with a social fire and get things moving forward. Marshmallows provided later on.


Saturday 7:30am - Wake up and Breakfast
Whatever you bring to start your day, get it in you and CLEAN UP before 9am.

We will start up at 9 am , breaking for lunch and dinner throughout the day:

 

Water -
There will not be too much emphasis on Water this weekend. We've done so much related to water purification, disinfection and distillation in other meetups that we are simply going to review the basics for the benefit of our newcomers. Gathering water from trees, boiling water without a pot and effective improvised filters in nature  will be covered.

 

Shelter -
We will study on making debris shelters from natural materials on hand in the wilderness, what principles you should know with regard to insulation , waterproofing, bugs & critters, etc. Then we will articulate a few methods for using the contents of your A- Z Survival Kit. We will deal with what you need to know to adequately protect yourself and loved ones from heat , cold and wet exposure. After that we will split into very small groups ( unless you wish to go it alone ) and you will construct your own primitive or modern shelter with the guidance and support of the instructors.
Consider sleeping in your freshly made shelter for that evening.

 

Fire -
The fuels, starting mechanisms (primitive and modern ), construction and control of the fire will be reviewed here in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. You will be collecting the wood and tinder , then starting your own fire with something other than a match or lighter. If you wish to bring a magnesium spark stick, this will be a time to practice it's proper use. Forest fire hazard is low but we will have a well prepared fire fighter on hand anyway.

 

Food and Medicine -
Wild edible and medicinal plants will be the big focus. We will learn to ID , forage and prepare. There will be a considerable amount of time and attention dedicated to this topic on Saturday.

 

Orienteering / Land Nav -

Getting and keeping a grip on your bearings using a map and compass, Sun/Moon/Stars, patterns of life in the wild. Print two copies of this map and bring it with you in a plastic sheet cover - http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/frenchcreek/frenchcreek_mini.pdf

Traps and Snares - Setting traps for warm and cold blooded animals for food. Fish traps and frog gigs will be covered.

 

Sunday 2 pm - Be packed up and ready to roll out.

 

There are trash and recycling receptacles in the lot.

You are responsible for every single bit of your own mess.

Your car should be packed and prepared to leave at 2pm sharp. A main caravan will start back toward Philly.

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Here is a MUST HAVE list for the weekend:

- Positive , patient and respectful attitude towards others and a desire to learn what is being taught. If your kid or partner is not really into it then please leave them at home. If you bring music then keep it low to your space and shut it down when others retire to sleep. This should be a pleasant and drama free trip for everyone.

- Full tank of gas in your car.

- Tent and bedding ( it may get chilly )

- Water/ drinks, 2 gallons per person
( water is available from hand pump well on site, but bleach is needed to sterilize it.)

- Food - Think "easy to make and carry". Suggestions:
Peanut butter and jelly/ tuna and crackers / cereal and milk ( canned or in cooler ) / preseasoned meat&veggie kabobs wrapped in foil to cook on the fire / lots of granola bars / dehydrated meals that you add water to/ dried meats and cheese, etc. If you need a pot or pan then bring it. Consider a cooler with frozen drinks to act as ice. Also consider freezing Saturday's dinner if it is suitable, that way it thaws in time but will not spoil. Preboiling potatoes is preferred as they take a long time to cook thoroughly. If you don't have camp cookware you may think about paper plates and cups.

- Flashlight , one for each person . LED is highly recommended.
( if not a crank powered one the make sure the batteries are fresh)

- Medicine/ inhaler if applicable. If you are diabetic or asthmatic then be ready to deal with it. Let Fernando know of any health conditions ahead of time including severe allergies or history of seizures.

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Here is a SHOULD HAVE list for the weekend : 

- Boots. There is a fair amount of rocky terrain and ankle support may prevent injury. Heavy duty sandals may work, but please avoid flipflops and crocs.
- Bug repellent. We highly recommend Lemon Eucalyptus oil. Repel sells it in small bottles. http://www.repel.com/... .
You can find it at REI http://www.rei.com/product/815511/repel-lemon-eucalyptus-pen-pump-insect-repellent. It is 100% nontoxic and tests better than DEET and Skin So Soft for staving off mosquitoes , biting flies and ticks. It lasts for several hours and never fails. If you don't bring some kind of spray you will most likely regret it. Also the less "perfumed" you are , the fewer bees you will attract.

- Folding chair. There are benches and logs in addition to the ground to sit on but you will like the chair better.

 

- Wet wipes. No showers on our site.


- Gloves. A pair that will help to protect you when working with your hands. It would be great if we could go the whole weekend without a cut finger.

 

- Rain poncho / rain gear

 

- Sharp knife. A locking blade is safer to work with. A partially serrated blade increases your cutting power.

 

- A- Z Survival Kit - This kit is weights less than 5 pounds and very compact.
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 MILSPEC parachord - 50 ft (not just any rope)
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 ( water carry and wound seal )
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 
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 powder
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

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Do not let a lack of gear keep you from coming out !!

Training always trumps gear. Just come as you are.

If you need a tent, tent space, a ride or wish to carpool just let Fernando know.

If you have a tent or tent space to share and / or car space then talk to Fernando now so that we can help a smooth transaction along. Please program his number into your phone now and feel free to leave it with your loved ones at home incase they cannot reach you out there. ATT's service definitely works up there but others don't. Please have Fernando's number with you before Friday April 26th at 3:30 pm.

 

Any questions?

 

Call  Fernando[masked]

[masked]

 

Here are links to an outstanding video and info/feedback from previous S&T skillshare weekends :

 

http://cityfish.org/Survive_Thrive_6.6.11.mov - worth the short wait :)

 

http://www.meetup.com/SURVIVE-AND-THRIVE-Philadelphia-region/events/14331405/

 

http://www.meetup.com/SURVIVE-AND-THRIVE-Philadelphia-region/events/12825310/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got a Glock 81 survival knife with Sawback and for 30 bucks is a pretty tough little knife.

    I like it more to the size of a bayonet but for 30 bucks you cannot go wrong.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great weekend! Thanks to everyone who shared info (and snacks)!

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Robin

    Fantastic! This may sound pretty lame but I really mean it when I say that that this was the most fun I have had since being a grown up! Who said learning can't be fun? Brian, Fernando, Ed and Hugh... A great big thank you to you all! CW too! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge in such an organized, interesting and fun way. I still cannot believe how much the kids and I learned. This was top notch! And the stealth walk? Oh my goodness! That was icing on the cake! Loved it!

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Edward

    Thank you for the pics.

    April 30, 2013

  • Edward

    I tried that Scott, but I burned my fingers trying to make the flames.

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Scott W.

    I could draw a picture of fire if you would like but since I did not have a camera that would be the best I could do...lol

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Edward

    Okay folks. There were 60 people at this event...but only 12 pictures?

    April 30, 2013

  • Scott C.

    The weekend was absolutely fantastic. The people which attended were friendly, informative, culturally diverse, and came from different walks of life. Lots of great information was exchanged and that information will likely impact many lives for the good. Thanks to all of the people that played a part in making this weekend and meetup possible! It is genuinely appreciated!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Tony G.

    P.S. Melissa and I enjoyed the wild edibles training. We returned to the creek and harvested a fist-full of watercress to take home. Thanks, Hugh!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Wow, I learned a lot and will start practicing as soon as I catch up on my sleep..lol. I am definitely checking out the hammocks of Jason's and Matt's. Brian, a great amount of information on traps and snares, well taught and good hands on practice. I look forward to setting some around my property to keep the skills I learned sharp. Ed, I really do appreciate all you taught me on making fire. Your teaching method was fantastic and I'll be making some char cloth in the days to come, thanks for sharing your knowledge. Fernando the making of the shelters, especially the tube shelter was excellent. I look forward to learning more from you. And Hugh, while I am still firmly a carnivore, finding out what plants to use for medicinal use and eating was well worth the time. Everyone I met I am looking forward to seeing again at the next meetup I can make. Thanks everyone for making it a memorable and knowledge filled weekend.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Tony G.

    LOVED the stealth walk. It has been 3 or 4 years since I did a nightime creep to "infiltrate" a camp and about a dozen since I trained in Bujinkan Ninjutsu. This brought back great memories and refreshed some skills. It was good watching the solar still as it was being built. Making snares is easier than it looks but the hands-on training was needed because it is a skill you cannot obtail solely by reading or watching videos. Thank you Brian, Fernando and all the other instructors for your work and all who shared their knowledge!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Edward

    I forgot to mention, experiment. It's part of the learning process.

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good except for the drunks that ruined sleep both nights.

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Brian

      I apologize for them and a policy for correcting this problem will be enforced at further events once again my apologies

      3 · April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yall were great and helpful instructors, and everyone else was willing to share their knowledge on things too. Thanks again for diffusing the above professionally as well.

      1 · April 28, 2013

  • Edward

    As a new event organizer (thank you Brian), to a group of survivalists, I was a little aprehensive as to whether or not the participants would get anything knew from what I was teaching. I was very pleased to see that most were able to get something out of what I'd showed. So Brian and Fernando, thank you for the opportunity to teach. I really engoyed it. I'm physicallly and mentally exhausted, but in a good way. Never knew that needing to pee would be a cardiac workout (that damn hill). I met some new folks and rubbed elbows with some that I've met in other events. Very cool. Thank you again Charlie for the gift of flint. I will make good use of it. Wade, thank you for the trade of wood for the bow drill. Can't wait til the next event.

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    good people, good times and great practice...absolutely wonderful weekend...to all those who wanted more info on the hammocks they were warbonnet blackbirds. Thank you to all the organizers for putting the time into making a great event!

    4 · April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And mine was the Hennessey Ultralight Backpacker.

      2 · April 28, 2013

  • Melissa D.

    So, since Tony registered both of us, I can't rate this weekend...but I have to say it was much fun, much education, and much good company! Thank you Brian and Fernando for setting it up! Hope there can be another soon need to expand upon skills learned (or relearned) and new skills!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Brian

    Nice weather, great folks, had a blast teaching and meeting all the new members and of course seeing the familiar faces thank you to Ed and Fernando for teaching this event could not happen without the cooperation of all! Thanks again everyone and hope to see you next time!!

    5 · April 28, 2013

  • Steve

    A great time as always. I never leave without learning new things and meeting new people. Thank you to all of the great teachers and organizers.!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Brian

    Had a great time and met a lot of new folks ...hope to see you all at the next event!

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Lou

    The meetup was much better then I thought. Met a lot of really good people.Thanks again Brian for a great experience! Thank you also Fernando!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Hugh

    There they changed it to sites two and four I believe because there were two many Boy Scouts at the original site if you look at the website Fernando changed the address of the Meetup site

    April 26, 2013

  • Lou

    Were is the camp site. Im in the lot say 13?

    April 26, 2013

    • Brian

      Blue we are in two and four come down firetower road towards Scotts Run Road and you'll see us on the right

      April 26, 2013

  • Tony G.

    Getting picked up from work at 4:00. We can't wait to get this weekend started!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Erica

    Is it too late to join? I didn't know till today whether I'd be working tomorrow or not. Could I come this evening and then come back tomorrow? (I have dogs at home and live a few minutes away) Does anyone know the coordinates to the new camp site?

    April 26, 2013

    • Brian

      No its not too late just come up and you can pay cash when you get there we will be in sites two and four

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working in Mayland otherwise I would be there.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Lou

    Brian how close to the parking lot will we be to the camp site.

    April 22, 2013

    • Lou

      Thank you!

      April 22, 2013

    • Scott W.

      I went out there a couple of weeks ago, the site is about 250 feet from the parking lot

      1 · April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found out about this and i would REALLY love to learn with you all! I hope I can stay in touch. I may join the Nature Studies Group. thank you for inspiring us! ~RuthAnn

    April 23, 2013

  • Brian

    Last call ... If anyone needs any gear let me know so I can dig it out of storage ... Have a few tents and other things

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a conflict this weekend and cannot join unfortunately. Hopefully this skill sharing weekend will be repeated in the future. Enjoy the weekend to those going to French Creek!

    April 21, 2013

    • Brian

      We will be having another event very soon again at french Creek stay tuned!

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope you have another one sometime

    April 20, 2013

  • Robin

    Ok people I just need to say "I can't wait!!!!" The 26th can't get here fast enough for me!

    2 · April 18, 2013

  • Scott W.

    I am adding my daughter, she said she liked learning tracking but you let her do it to. She is looking forward to two weeks from now.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Brian

    If anyone needs any gear for the weekend please let me know ... I do have a few extra tents and other gear.

    April 4, 2013

  • Scott W.

    I am looking forward to learning all I can and then passing that information to my daughter.

    1 · March 13, 2013

    • Brian

      There will be a lot to absorb this weekend that's for sure with a lot of different skill sets being in attendance

      April 2, 2013

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