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Annual Pathfinder Gathering

$150 PER ADULT - ENTIRE EVENT JULY 9TH THRU 14TH - REGISTER HERE

$50 PER PERSON - 2 DAY PASS - 9TH & 10TH REGISTER HERE 

 

Axe Junkies - Axetravaganza Meet July 9th & 10th

Trader's Market under the Pavilion- Sunday Night, July 10th from 8pm till 11pm $10 per table (Limited tables - NO vendors) - Only used and trade items allowed - purchase table when you check in (to purchase a table you must be a registered guest at the Gathering) - Table fees are being donated to the National Pathfinder Youth Organization.

The National Pathfinder Youth Organization will be sponsoring a Youth Fishing Derby July 10th! The NPYO will provide all equipment with the event taking place Sunday afternoon (exact time will be announced Saturday evening).  Any child 15 years or younger can participate. When the event is concluded each youth will have a cane pole to take home with them. Parents will need to register their child at the NPYO booth when arriving at the Gathering.

Vendors wanting to set up at the Gathering - CLICK HERE

Click Here to see Photos & Videos that attendees have posted on Facebook from past Gatherings!

The 2016 Pathfinder Annual Gathering will be limited to available adult registrations. Last year’s event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance and thousands of dollars of equipment in giveaways. Vendors ranged from all-inclusive gear sales to custom items. We are expecting a nice assortment of vendors in 2016 and an even more diverse line of instruction. AND AS ALWAYS, 1 YOUTH (17 yrs. younger) PER PAID ADULT IS FREE, extra youth are $50 each. THERE WILL BE NO 1 DAY PASSES.

Fire rings are limited. There will be no guarantee you will have a fire ring at your site, so you are encouraged to bring your own.

Registration Price includes your Primitive Camping and all non-specialty classes offered those days. The cost is $150.00 per adult for the entire Gathering but does NOT include firewood or ice; however, Firewood & Ice will be available for sale from 8am to 6pm each day. NO alcohol at the Pathfinder Gathering Event. NO foul language or inappropriate actions will not be tolerated.  If you or someone in your group is found to be disruptive you may be asked to leave.  Children will be present and we want this to be an enjoyable time for everyone. 

If you wish to bring a RV or Camper, you will need to make additional arrangements with Ohio State Parks which will cost in addition to your $150 for the event.

LOCATION: Rocky Fork State Park 9800 North Shore Drive Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 
For Reservations of private camping spots: www.ohiostateparks.reserveamerica.com

July 9th - Guest Check-in/setup - starting at 9AM (NO EARLY ARRIVALS WILL BE ACCEPTED)
July 10th thru 13th - Classes & Training 
July 14th - Pack up & Head home

Food will be available for purchase from Warner Concessions - Click here to look at prospective Menu & Prices

 CLICK HERE FOR PATHFINDER GATHERING & ROCKY STATE PARK RULES

Retail Store Hours at The Gathering: 8am to 6pm each day Saturday through Wednesday 

Pathfinder Gathering Class Information:

Disclaimer: classes subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Classes: Students learn and listen as Instructor explains
  • Seminar: Instructor demonstrates while students watch & learn
  • Workshop: Instructors will engage with students as they take part in hands on learning.

DAYS & TIMES OF EACH CLASS, SEMINAR, AND WORKSHOP WILL BE POSTED AT THE GATHERING.  EACH DAY WILL BE BEGIN AT 8AM AND END AT 6PM WITH A 2 HOUR BREAK FOR LUNCH.

 

DAVE CANTERBURY

Classes:

  • Shadow Board Navigation
  • Common Tools and Uses for the Camp Box
  • Simple Camp Tin Foil Dinners

Seminars:

  • Building a Brake Drum Forge Setup
  • Turning a Chisel Mallet on a Pole Lathe

Workshops:

  • Spoon Carving (Required Equip: Axe, Carving Knife, Spoon Knife or Gouge, and Folding Saw)
  • Shave Horses from Dimensional Lumber with Tony ($20 per person with a 1/6 chance of taking home a finished Shave Horse at the end. Limited 30 people - first come, first served. Sign up at the Gathering)
  • Creating a leather belt pouch (with Jason Hunt & Abrahm Butts, $30. Student must bring needles, fishing line or artificial sinew, scissors and an awl - SIGN UP AT THE GATHERING)

JASON HUNT (will also conduct Church Service on Sunday at 8am)

Classes:

  • Medicinals' for Self-Reliance
  • Wilderness Self-Aid
  • Urban Survival Go Bag
  • Bushcraft Fitness
  • Tomohawk Fighting

Seminars:

  • Medicinal Preparations: Tincture, Decoction, Infusion, Poultice and Fomentation
  • Urban Survival Fire Starting: Guitar Picks, Gum Wrappers, Binoculars, Flashlights, Televisions

Workshop:

  • Camp Cooking: Bushpot Fruit Pudding (Required Equipment: Bushpot, Bandana. Will need flour, sugar, and apples)
  • Apache Knife Fighting (Participants will need rubber/wood knives)
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid (works in conjunction with Self Aid Class, this is hands on portion)
  • Creating a leather belt pouch (with Abrahm Butts, $30. Student must bring needles, fishing line or artificial sinew, scissors and an awl - SIGN UP AT THE GATHERING)

JAMIE BURLEIGH

Classes: 

  • Stone Tool Technologies
  • Making Birch Oil & Pine Pitch

Seminars:

  • Flint Knapping: Spalling techniques and large blades, hand axes
  • Flint Knapping: Flint Flakes and Bottle Glass Points

Workshops:

  • Making a Rive Cane Arrow (Cane and arrows provided by Instructor)
  • 2 Day Bow Class - 

The class will cost $200 per person and will be limited to 15 students available ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS - SIGN UP AT THE GATHERING

The Bow Class will be a designated 2-day workshop of 3 hour blocks, beginning on June 11th and finishing on June 12th.

It will begin after our daily classes and demonstrations are finalized for both evenings (this does not mean you can work on your bows at ANY time after or in-between!).

The participant will receive a Hickory floor tillered bow stave, Tillering String, Bow string, Farriers rasp, Bacho Scraper, and a few modern and natural bow finish options.

  • There will be accoutrements for sale in the PF Store as well, extra bow strings, string silencers, arrows, archery gloves etc.
  • If you plan on taking the Bow class, it would be advisable to bring leather work type gloves

 

JOE KELLAM

Classes:

  • Animal Tracking
  • SAR Techniques

Seminars:

  • SAR Man Tracking
  • Preserving plants for study and ID

Workshops:

  • Track preservation and casting (Instructor provided)
  • Bone Tools (Instructor)

 

Abrahm Butts

Classes:

  • The 1 Stick Fire
  • Feather Stick Carving

Workshops:

  • Creating a Leather Fire Kit Pouch (with Jason Hunt, $30. Student must bring needles, fishing line or artificial sinew, scissors and an awl - SIGN UP AT THE GATHERING)
 KEVIN BAXTER

Classes:

  • How to Pack a Backpack for Trips and Hiking
  • Water Purification Techniques
  • Shelter Configurations

Seminars:

  • Plant ID Walk
  • Tree ID Walk

Workshops:

  • Basic Knots
  • Fire Basics

TONY DANIEL

Classes:

  • Fatwood Discussion
  • Fatwood Processing and Ignition Methods
  • How to Build a Birds Nest

Seminars:

  • Bowl Turning on Pole Lathe
  • Making Natural Cordage

Workshops:

  • Shave Horses from Dimensional Lumber with Dave Canterbury
  • Making Charred Cloth with Flint and Steel Ignition

 

Vendors Attending the Gathering:

Self Reliance Outfitters Store

NorthRiver Alpaca

Rocky Woodland Forge

Jeff White Blade Smith

Positive Energy Preparedness

Dragon Fire Tinder Box

Habilis Bushtools

Due North Mercantile

Stitched Gear Outfitters

Global Safety and Survival, LLC

Wilder Forge

 

Rocky Fork State Park Rules:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Information about the park or local areas and general assistance is available from Park Officers or staff in the camp or park office.  Difficulties in the campground should be reported to park staff for appropriate action correcting the problem.

DOVE TAIL KAMP ACTIVITY AREA – GATHERING LOCATION

1.Campsites will be assigned upon registration.
 
2. No sleeping in your vehicle is allowed.
 
3.There will be no camping or hammocks in the wooded area.
 
4.The collecting of firewood or cutting of trees for firewood is STRICTLY prohibited. (Fire wood will be available for purchase)
 
5.Fires are permitted ONLY in stoves, grills, Fire Rings or in designated areas. NEVER LEAVE FIRES UNATTENDED! DO NOT move fire rings. Fire rings are limited. There will be no guarantee you will have a fire ring at your site, so you are encouraged to bring your own.

6.Alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED except within the confines of a cabin, tent, trailer, or motor home.
 
7.All use of firearms or fireworks is strictly prohibited in camp areas.
 
8.Motor vehicle operation shall be restricted to the parking lot and paved areas. Vehicles must remain in parking lot and all gear will need to be walked into the camping area.  Handicap options will be made available. 
 
9.Quiet hours are from 10 pm – 6 am. Radios and voices must be kept down to a minimum so as not to disturb others in the area or the campground.
 
10.DUMPSTER will be available in the area. Please put trash in the dumpster.

THE GATHERING IS A FAMILY EVENT AND WE WANT EVERYONE TO ENJOY THEIR TIME HERE – THAT IS WHY WE ASK THAT PARENTS OVERSEE THE ACTIONS OF THEIR CHILDREN.

 PETS:

1.Pets as defined by the Administrative Code are domestic dogs and cats.
 
2.All pets brought into the camping area, must have up to date shot record (owner must provide proof) and each shall have a tag bearing the owners name and address. 
 
3.EACH PET MUST BE UNDER THE OWNERS CONTROL AND ON A LEASH, NO MORE THAN SIX FEET LONG. Rule 1501:41-3-06
 
4.Leaving a pet unattended is PROHIBITED. Rule 1501:49-9-10F
 
5.Pets should not be staked in such a manner that they infringe on other park visitors. Rule 1501:41-9-10E
 
6.Pets are not allowed in rest rooms, laundry facilities or the camp store. Rule 1501:41-9-10C
 
7.Pet owners must clean up after their pets and all solid waste must be disposed of properly. Rule 1501:41-9-10A  If you need mutt-mutt mitts check with a volunteer or the camp store.
 
8.The number of pets permitted at each campsite is limited to two. Rule 1501:41-9-10G
 
9.Park Officers may request pet owners, with unruly animals to remove the animals from any area administered by the State of Ohio. Rule 1501:41-3-08
 
USING THESE FACILITIES IS A PRIVLEGE AND IS GRANTED IN GOOD FAITH THAT WE, THE GATHERING ATTENDEES, WILL ABIDE BY THE RULES AND LEAVE DOVE TAIL IN THE SAME CONDITION AS WHEN WE ARRIVED. 
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