Pathfinder Pioneer Survival Class (Intermediate 1)
4 Day, 3 Night Course, 3.5 CEU's
The Pioneer Class engages students in the development of a temporary fixed camp; we discuss tools to be built ranging from pack frames and tripods to shelters; ways to improvise gear; how to create a map of an area so that when resources are identified, they can be returned to easily and how to make fire by friction. We also identify key resources such as how to use trees and some plants for medicine and ways to use the landscape to our advantage in a longer term scenario. Weather changes will determine exactly what skills we teach during this class.
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IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Pioneer class is an intense class and is a few steps above what the Basic Survival class was. This class will require hikes of 5+ miles at a time for collecting sticks and navigation courses daily over terrain which may be very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area. Water is available from jugs always located in Base Camp. The third night of the course you will be required to sleep in a bush camp shelter that you will construct as part of the final exercise and you will have limited gear for comfort- no exceptions are made, if you cannot make fire, you simply will not have it.
If you suffer from a medical condition or chronic pain, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you have recently undergone surgery or a hospital stay within the last 30 days, DO NOT attempt this course until you have had more time to recuperate.
It is highly recommended that you physically prepare yourself at least a month in advance to this or any other Pathfinder course by hiking/ walking regularly (at least 3 times weekly) for 5K working up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins. As the premier school of self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare. It is strongly recommended to take the Basic class before taking an Intermediate or Advanced class and recommended that you complete this class before Advanced.
Non Patch Qualification Policy:
- When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Pioneer Survival (by going for the patch); we do not allow anyone to remain in camp without instructors present. If you fall behind due to an inability to complete assigned tasks, but are keeping up and doing your best- GREAT! Keep it up and complete the course to the best of your ability. However, should you be hindered in your ability to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to get you back in the game by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! But, should those efforts fail, you may be forced to tap out at which time you will need to leave the school grounds.
- If you quit (tap out) at any point during the course, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing your equipment so you may leave the school grounds.
- Again, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.
- To those graduating from the course a Pioneer Patch and Certificate of Completion shall be issued to you signed by the Instructional staff.
- To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
- Both documents note Continuing Education Units awarded for which some employers may offer educational benefits.
Students must be at least 16 years of age to attend this course. It's strongly recommended that they have completed a Basic Survival course prior to enrollment.
Due to property insurance restrictions:
There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes concludes. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER ITEMS FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes concludes. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are bringing a minor that is not your child you must have an Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parents or legal guardian. Download the form click on this link:
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