Time: Start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and end about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday
This class is profitable for any outdoorsmen 7th grade and up (Anyone that is 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). We will not be camping way off in the woods. Base camp will be fairly close to your car. We teach bush-crafting skills that will help you live comfortably in the woods. If you love the outdoors, are involved in an outdoors ministry, men's ministry, etc., then this course is for you.
- We want to place you in a controlled and friendly environment. Two bushcraft style meals will be provided. The students are responsible to bring the other meals and snacks. We do not try to coordinate our wilderness meals to meet special dietary needs. Please call our office to find out what we are preparing.
- The foundational concept of spiritual growth is that God designed, called and resourced each of His children for incredible impact for the Kingdom. He also lovingly uses people and experiences as opportunities to refine believers toward that end… to understand His purposes for them and to develop their capacity to invest God-given gifts and abilities in the Kingdom economy. Jesus connects with us first at the foundational level. That’s why Apologia Outdoors brings every person – regardless of their spiritual maturity – to this first step. At the Bushcraft course the focus is: Personal preparedness to comfortably live in the outdoors and to follow God’s direction.
Understanding who God is.
- God is Sovereign
- God is Creator
- God is the Gospel
Standout Groups - We will also be dividing up after each session. We want to begin teaching what it means to make disciples.
Personal Devotion Time (PDT) - There is always room to improve how we read and interpret Scripture. We will take the foundation we laid in Bushcraft, and build in background, word meanings, and context.
3 Stick Pack Frame: Learn how to transport your gear by using materials found in the woods.
Shelter: Being able to provide ourselves with shelter from the elements is essential in the great outdoors. You will be guided on a winter style shelter construction.
Fire: Fire is what allows us to survive in regions where it would otherwise be too cold or too wet. Fire warms us, dries our clothes, cooks our food, makes our water safe to drink, illuminates our camp, discourages dangerous animals and biting insects, allows us to signal and provides the means to manipulate and shape natural materials. Being able to light and manage a fire is the most important wilderness skill. We will practice the bow and drill technique as we burn a bowl for your own wooden spoon.
Natural Cordage: Producing cordage from natural materials is a much under-valued skill. You need bindings for many purposes in the outdoors, from camp gadgets to shelters. Without cordage you can’t make snares, fishing lines or nets. You need cordage for the bow-and-drill method of friction fire-lighting. We’ll show you how to select and process cordage from easy to find plants.
Cutting Tools: While many of the tasks of bushcraft are possible without a cutting tool, some are impractical and most are made easier if you have at least a knife. We cover tool selection, use and care.
Wilderness Fishing Techniques: While modern angling for sport is a leisure activity enjoyed by many, it isn’t always the most efficient way of catching fish. We explain and show you the most effective active and passive fishing techniques that are easily applied with minimal equipment. This will increase your chances of getting fish out of the water.
Edible and Medicinal Plants: At the heart of bushcraft is the study of creation. Central to this is knowledge of their uses. This starts with being able to reliably identify various useful species. You need to recognize which bark to use for tinder or for cordage-making. In addition to identifying key species for their utility, you should also know important species for food. Which species yield the most energy? Which are easy to collect? Which have a wide geographical distribution? How do you process them? Plants are also a source of medicine and we look at some of the more important ones. Most importantly, when selecting plants for food or medicine, it is necessary to ensure selection of the correct species and not to confuse them with toxic species. We provide clear guidance on this important aspect of foraging.
Land Navigation: Knowing where you are is essential to wilderness travel. We cover the basics of map and compass navigation techniques. We show you how to read a topographical map with a baseplate compass. We will show you the most effective techniques for traveling without a trail to walk on.
What To Bring:
1. Appropriate clothing (we do not limit you on what you can bring. Dress in layers)
2. Closed toed shoes
3. Sleeping Bag (try to go 10 degrees below the expected temperature)(can be rented for $10.00)
4. Sleeping pad of some kind (This will help insulate you from the cold ground)
5. Tent, hammock, some kind of shelter.
6. Journal (if it is not water proof, then make sure it is in a bag)
7. Fixed blade knife
8. Pencil or pen
9. Water bottle or canteen (we will bring at least 3 gallons of water to share)
11. Toilet paper
12. Day pack/small backpack (This is only to bring water, snacks, and small supplies)
13. Hand sanitizer
14. Empty Altoids can or similar container
16. Enough food for 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches (Lunches need to be able to be eaten on the trail away from camp)
What NOT To Bring:
Cell Phones (We will be taking pictures, and will email all you pictures of the trip.)