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Teen Ancestral Skills Campout

All of us are descended from ancestors who lived close to the earth, not just “surviving” but living with confidence in different environments using skills passed on from one generation to another for thousands of years. This is the spirit of the Teen Ancestral Skills Camp Out.

The Teen Ancestral Skills Camp Out is not just about survival, but about learning to live at home in nature. It is a hands-on living experience that will stretch and strengthen all participants. (Scroll down for more info)

Students will practice meeting our common human needs of shelter, water, fire, and food using natural materials and their own hands. More importantly, students will learn to meet these needs in a way that regenerates the resources rather than depletes them. Students will address problems with practical hands-on techniques and be given responsibility for setting up shelters, maintaining a clean camp site, carrying and purifying water, foraging for food, and cooking food. Students will learn from the stories, experience, and knowledge of Mark and Amy, who have lived on the land using these skills. We’ll be pretty busy, but there will also be time to tell stories around the campfire and roam woods and meadows looking for small wonders.

This camp out will give students practical skills for greater understanding of nature and of themselves.

Participants must be 12-18 years old and have completed:

One Full year (Fall and Spring semesters) of Weekly Home School Class
3 sessions of Native Skills Camp (either Winter or Summer)

Date: June 8-10, 2019
Times: Saturday 6am – Monday 8pm
Location: Sequoia National Forest
Price: $325 per student, which includes transportation to and from Sequoia National Forest,
assistance with preparation before the camp out, and all instruction during the camp out.
Maximum 10 students with 2 instructors.
Class is led by Mark Hay and Amy Hay
Contact Mark Hay with questions at mnhay2000@yahoo.com or 714-307-9481

We will be applying most or all of the following skills:
-Finding a good shelter site and making shelter using abundant natural materials
-Finding water by observing plants and animals
-Reading the landscape for signs of opportunity or danger
-Purifying water using several methods
-Making a safe and practical leave-no-trace toilet
-Using fire making tools made from common plants, without using knives or other modern tools
-Learning how to harvest firewood without modern tools while increasing the vitality of the tree
-Making simple but effective tools without knives or other modern tools
-Identifying poisonous plants and edible plants
-Foraging for food
-Cleaning and gutting fish using stone tools
-Cooking over open fire without metal pots and pans
-Maintaining a safe and clean camp site
-Observing and understanding the movements of birds and animals
-Returning the camping area to an undisturbed state

Students will be responsible for building their own shelter in which they will sleep, and helping other students build their shelters.

-10 feet of hand-made cordage (that the students make!)
-A straight stick 5-6 feet long, sharpened at one end without the use of metal tools, to use as a digging stick, spear, and walking stick
-Sleeping bag
-TWO re-usable water bottles, 16 ounces or larger
-Toothbrush and personal hygiene kit
-Clothing for temperatures down to 32 degrees
-A comfortable day-use back pack to carry clothes and water bottles
-Any additional handmade tools students have made in other classes or on their own
-----No steel knives please... it is a challenge to meet our needs without this modern convenience.
-Students are welcome to bring stone or bone knives they have made themselves.

All our cooking will be done directly on hot coals using stone, wood, clay, or bone tools... don't worry, this is how people have been cooking since 100,000 B.C.!

Contact Mark Hay to register or with questions at:
mnhay2000@yahoo.com or 714-307-9481