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Summer Survival Skills Campout

August 24-26

Summer is here and it disappears just as fast.  With beautiful days, its a shame to spend them inside so it is no wonder that so many people chose this season to hike the wonderful parks and preserves around New York and New England.  Anytime you go off your familiar trails you run the risk of having to stay a little longer than you planned.  In this 2-night, 3-day survival skills class, you will learn what it takes to make what could be a dangerous situation, simply an unexpected camping trip.

 

Our site for this campout is Long Pond in the Catskills.  Deep in the Willowemoc Wild Forest, Long Pond is well away from any distractions of modern life and gives us the chance to practice survival skills and a truly wild area.

 

 

Day 1: Friday, August 24th

The class will start at 2 pm at the Long Pond Trailhead on Flugertown Road in Neversink, NY.  It is about a 2-hour drive from Central Westchester and carpools can be organized for anyone who needs a ride.  We will hike approximately 1.5 miles to our campsite, carrying all of our gear.  Once there we will camp out as a group for the first night, learning the basics of survival including making a campfire, building a shelter, and purifying water.  We will cook a meal together and share stories by the fire.

 

 

Day 2: Saturday, August 25th

We'll cook breakfast as a group and then divide up to study more advanced survival skills including navigation, resource tracking, and foraging.  Saturday night you will have the option of staying at the group campsite or doing a solo overnight in the same general area.  Dinner will be composed partially of what we forage off the land.

 

Day 3: Sunday, August 26th

Welcoming back everyone from the solo overnights, we'll meet for breakfast and share stories and lessons.  After breaking down camp and returning the land to its natural state, we'll hike back to the cars and head home.

 

What to Expect:

  • Build a shelter using found and natural materials

  • Make a fire in any weather with multiple methods

  • Forage wild food and cook delicious meals over an open campfire

  • Craft camp tools using gathered materials

  • Purify water without specialized tools

  • Use a knife and saw as effective tools in the woods

  • No running water

  • Expert instruction from a local naturalist and Wilderness First Responder

 

To cover the cost of food, supplies, and instruction there is a $250 fee per person.  We are limited to only 8 people.  This is an adult trip so all participants must be 18 or older.

 

All meals and group supplies will be provided but you will be responsible for:

  • Clothing - August in the mountains can be cold at night.  Mornings will probably be in the 50's while daily temps could be comfortably in the 70's to the 90's.

  • Shelter (tent or tarp)

  •  Sleeping equipment - Sleeping bag rated to 35 degrees

  • Mess kit – fire-safe bowl or small pot (stainless steel or enamelware), 2 liters of water

  • Flashlight or Headlamp

  • Personal toiletry supplies including personal medications

  • Backpack to carry your gear in 

 

Anyone interested in attending should complete the form below and follow the "Register Here" button to purchase your space in the program.