WilderSkills Family Camp-out & Outdoor Skills Weekends!
Enjoy Expert-Guided Camping Adventures, Family Wilderness Skills Development, and Nature Free-time as a Family, Monthly!
“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Families enrolling in WilderSkills Family Campouts gain monthly wilderness mentorship and a “home-away-from-home” experience as they embrace the outdoors, together.
Gather around the fire, share stories, cook together, and learn an additional wilderness skill or two from the experts!. Whether it is practicing friction fire and blowing a coal into flame, or having your child help you master the art of coal-blowing a spoon or bowl, we want you with us.
Adventures are led by some of the finest Outdoor Survival Guides, Naturalists, and Primitive Living Skills Instructors in the United States!
“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”
― Richard Louv
WilderSkills Campouts are much more than just sleeping outdoors. Families will develop REAL WORLD OUTDOOR Skills:
Monthly Instruction Topics Include (but are not limited to):
- Wilderness Medicine and First Aid
- Cooking Great Meals on an Open Fire
- Emergency Wilderness Shelter Construction
- Tandem/Group Friction Fire (Hand-Drill and Bow-Drill)
- Traditional Living Tools and How to Use Them
- Efficient and Essential Packing for Outdoor Adventures
- Back-country Navigation
- Cold-weather & Remote Camping Best Practices + How to Have All-weather fun!
- Traditional Camp Setup
- Fire Safety &Use Methodology
- Adventure Hiking Fundamentals
- Creating and Entertaining with the Nature Around You (split-twig figures, cordage, games, + authentic nature education)
Time Around The Campfire:
- Practice Storytelling and Listening (for all ages!)
- Roast Marshmallows (or anything you choose, really)
- Learn Best-Practice Methods to Teach Young Fire-Tenders
- Socialize and Build Authentic Connection
“Because there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightful results” – Nancy Mellon, Master Storyteller and Lecturer
WilderSkills courses take place in our beautiful private redwood grove in Saratoga, CA, just outside Saratoga village. We are roughly a 15-minute drive from the 85 Freeway exit onto Saratoga Blvd. Google Maps Location here.
Family Campout Program Structure:
Campout structure is fairly fluid. Families can show up at or after 5:30pm, and get settled in! Experts will share a wilderness skill or two after setup for all to master as desired, after which there will be plenty of free-time to play, cook, eat, and explore!
Short nightly campfire activities will be held (think storytelling and roasting marshmallows) and then retire for the evening or continue quiet conversation around the fire as others fall asleep.
Come spend quality time connecting as a family in nature, capture memories, let your kids run around and play, and fall asleep to the sounds of the creek.
Camping Dates & Training Info
“At a Glance”
Days: Friday-Saturday (Overnighters)
Times: Day 1 – 5:30pm to Day 2 – 9:00am
September: 28-29 Traditional Living Tools and How to Use Them (coal burn spoons, digging stick with history)
October: 5-6Campout Fire Fundamentals + Tandem/Group Friction Fire (Hand-Drill and Bow-Drill)
November: 16-17A Great Meal using an Open Fire: Campfire Soup in a Pumpkin!
December: 14-15 Cold Weather Camping – Pro Tips and Tricks for Staying Warm & Having Fun!
$49/person for monthly attendees on subscription (cancel at any time). $75/person for single-event sign-ups. (18 years-old and younger need to be accompanied by participating adult). 2 years and younger, no charge.
Registration Now Open.
Only 15 Family spots Available.
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WilderSkills Family Campout Registration
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