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Course Overview: Ancient Skills For Modern Families

Spend an amazing weekend with your loved ones on this all ages family event. Spend a weekend learning the ancient skills that were necessary for daily life to primitive man. We learn to drive a car, use a computer, pay our bills... they learned to hunt and gather, form tools and weapons from their environment, and use critical thinking to solve the problems of daily primitive living. Give your family a new level of confidence in their outdoor skills; take your survival skills to the next level and learn what it truly takes to live off of the land!

*Tools & Weapons: Students will be given a full stone tool forming course (knapping) and make a knife and a spear point from stone, as well as mount them to their wooden handles/shafts.

*Foraging: Learn to identify, harvest, and use wild plants and other natural materials.  Students will produce; edible, medicinal, and utility items such as rope(you will learn to weave rope from plant fibers) directly from wild materials they harvest.

*Containers: Learn to weave a basket from tree branches and/or bark

*Fire making: Learn to make a fire with sticks (friction fire), as well as the “flint and steel” methods. Learn to identify, harvest, and process the best natural fire tinders in your environment.

*Food: Learn to make primitive traps for harvesting wild game

*Cooking: Learn to cook without pots/pans over an open fire


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$200 Per Person (only $100 per additional person) 

$400 per family of 3

$500 per family of 4 


2019 Dates

May 11-12

9am Day 1-3pm Day 2

2020 Dates

May 16-17

9am Day 1 -3pm Day 2


Camp Laverne

41954 Jenks Lake rd W

Angelus Oaks, Ca

There is a lake stocked with fish immediately adjacent to camp. You are welcome to fish with a valid license.

Get your fishing licenses here

We are on over 200 acres in the Nation Forest with a running spring. There is ample room for camping. Feel free to bring any type of camp set up you wish.


What To Bring

Pocket Knife (Mora fixed blades, or victorinox swiss knife/ leatherman-both with saw feature-is recommended)

Sleeping Gear (Tent, sleeping bag, etc)

There are showers and bathrooms on site

There is a campfire ring for the evening

There is a fishing lake next door to camp. If you bring your fishing license you can fish it.

Any foodstuffs you may require- We recommend Mountain House Backpacker Meals and plenty of snacks. Small backpacker/camp stoves can easily prepare these meals

Course is Rain or Shine- Dress Appropriately, long pants and closed toed footwear only during training periods

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