Summer Outdoor Skills Intensive

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Now accepting applications for summer 2018 session!

This weeklong overnight intensive is a great introduction to bushcraft and outdoor living. The course covers the most vital skills and knowledge for someone with a budding interest in the outdoors. Whether that interest is on hiking, camping or simply walking through the woods, Students will leave this course with a greater understanding of the natural world, and their place in it. Deadline for registration is July 15th.

This course will cover:

  • Fire; we’ll cover starting and maintaining a one match fire, friction fires and safe fire habits.
  • Wilderness survival basics; Water purification, personal food and water intake requirements, and much more.
  • Safe and effective tool use; Knife and axe use, and how to care for these vital tools.
  • Axemanship; Students will learn the four major uses of an axe (Felling, Limbing, Sectioning and Splitting)
  • Shelter building; Students will learn two different types of shelters, and the theory behind building an effective and comfortable shelter outdoors.
  • Cordage; Essential knotwork, and how to make natural cordage
  • Open fire cooking; Student’s will see the basics of outdoor cooking, and help with group meals.
  • Introduction to “first person” ecology; Students will learn the basics of weather forcasting, plant pressing and identification, edible and useful plants, and the basics of night sky “Bare hand” navigation
  • Course culminates in an optional solo night out, where students will get the chance to employ all of the skills they’ve learned with a night out on their own in the North Maine Woods.
  • Cost of Course is $300 per student.
  • Ages 13 to 17

Each student will need to bring at minimum;

  • Axe and (Non-folding) Knife
  • Tarp
  • Cook pot
  • Tent/Sleeping bag

A full list of recommended items will be sent to you when registration begins, but feel free to bring any extra gear you feel will make you more comfortable.


Travel Information and Directions:   Travel information is located here. After you register you will receive local driving directions to our site.

Accommodations:   Bring a tent, tarp, or other shelter. It will be your home for the week. For summer programs please consider bringing a bug net if you don’t have noseeum netting on your tent.

Cancellation and Refund Policies:   Please visit our School Policies page for information on all of our policies.

What is included with the tuition:   Included in the tuition are all camping fees, group meals, instruction, and group gear.

What is not included with the tuition:   Not included with the tuition are personal gear, items from town and any foods other than those specified.

Course Insurance:   Adventure travel and wilderness education are not inexpensive, and anything can happen when we’re in the bush. We recommend that all participants have medical insurance. We also recommend you protect your investment with travel insurance for trips and tuition insurance for courses.

Tobacco:   Smoking is not permitted in or near any buildings. All cigarette butts are to be placed into the metal can provided.

Vehicles and Parking:  We’re located .6 miles down a gravel road. During the winter and spring the road can be impassable for 2-wheel drive vehicles, and sometimes for any vehicles other than snow machines.

Telephone: We don’t have a phone or electricity. If you need to be in constant phone contact please consider bringing a cell phone, and if you need to charge a phone (or other electronic device), please look into getting a charger or bringing extra batteries.

Other: Please don’t bring any pets, alcohol or illegal drugs.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We reserve the right to include or omit any of the course topics listed due to class interest, availability of materials, inclement weather, or other factor that makes them impractical or unsafe.

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