Basic Survival Course- Adirondacks
June 6 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm$450
During the Basic Survival Course we will teach you the skills you need to survive an emergency situation. You are going to learn everything you need to do until you can either self-rescue or be rescued.
This course is focused on being prepared ahead of time with the necessary gear to provide for your needs. We will teach you what to pack so that you are ready for emergencies and how to use it effectively. This allows you to be more prepared for an emergency as you develop additional skills and gain valuable experience during future courses and become less and less reliant on gear.
Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and prioritizing tasks to meet your needs during an emergency. You will learn techniques for starting and maintaining fires in an emergency. This includes everything you need to know about modern ignition sources, emergency tinder, and proper fire lays. You will learn how to build simple and effective shelters to protect you from exposure to the elements. In addition, we will teach you how to filter and disinfect water to make it safe to drink, build a foundation of easy to identify wild edibles, and some useful trapping and fishing techniques.
More importantly, you will be taught techniques that could prevent a survival situation from happening in the first place. You will learn basic first aid for common wilderness injuries, basic map reading, and land navigation. You will also learn techniques to signal for rescue both day and night.
This course is the foundation for the Intermediate and Advanced Survival Courses. You must complete this course prior to attending either of those. This is a patch-earning course. Upon successful completion, you will earn the coveted Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group patch with the “Basic” rocker. These cannot be purchased and are only available to students that earn them through training.
Required Equipment List (with links) for the Basic Survival Course (click here).
IMPORTANT: This is a patch-earning course. Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Basic class is an intense class and lays the foundation for all of our other Patch Courses. Expect to be challenged mentally and physically. You will be required to move cross-country for up to 3-5km per day with all of your gear, in all types of weather, collecting resources needed to complete graded tasks. Do not attempt this course if you have recently been hospitalized, or have undergone surgery, and have not fully recovered. If you suffer from a medical condition (including allergies) or chronic pain, you are required to bring your prescribed medications with you. This includes a bee sting kit if you are allergic.
It is expected that all students, upon enrollment, intend to try and qualify for the Patch. If this is not your desire, that is okay. You can still qualify for a Certificate of Completion if you finish the course. For so long as you continue to train and give it your best, you are welcome to continue training. If you don’t give up on yourself, we will not give up on you. You cannot, however, remain in camp and choose to sit out training events. If you are not participating in training events, you will have to leave school the school grounds. Notice: No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass (be it medically, academically, voluntarily withdrawing, or unable to complete the course).
Minimum Age Requirement: Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children 13-17 require their own ticket. This course is not recommended for children under 13.
All Flint & Steel Events require the student to sign the Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group LLC Liability Waiver and Release prior to attendance.
- June 6 @ 8:00 am
- June 9 @ 5:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Patch Courses, Survival Skills
- Event Tags:
- Adirondacks, Basic Survival, Bushcraft, Emergency, Fire, First Aid, Flint & Steel, Food, Land Navigation, Map Reading, Preparedness, Search and Rescue, Shelter, Signal, Survival, Water
February 4 @ 8:00 am - February 10 @ 5:00 pm
February 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 28 @ 8:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm