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Following are detailed descriptions of many of the classes we have tentatively scheduled for you at Prepper Camp 2017.  

(We are adding more classes and more details- so please bear with us,  as not all classes are listed yet, and some are subject to change.)

 

(Daily Class Schedules: will be posted in the future.  Make sure to sign up for Updates!)

 

Key Note Address (Saturday Evening)

Dr. Bill Forstchen


 

Scheduled Classes (in alphabetical order): 



10 Biggest Mistakes Made in Prepping - Preparedness Basics 

Survivor Jane

 Survivor Jane will share what basic preparedness is all about and how to begin preparing by focusing on the essential basic needs of survival and sharing money saving tips to get there. 

Find out how you can replace toilet paper forever with a simple garden sprayer, how you can vacuum seal food using a brake bleeder, as well as how to make your own personal health and hygiene products -including make-up- from simple food storage items.


Active Shooter- Trauma and Triage for the Wounded

Skinny Medic

Learn the first and the last things to do when treating severe trauma from gun shots and explosive devices in an active shooter situation- from someone who actually treats medical emergencies in these real life situations. Learn what you should do, what you should always carry with you, and how to make improvised life saving dressings from materials available to stop severe bleeding and chest wounds. 

 Skinny Medic on YouTube is a full time paramedic.  He has been in 911 EMS for 14 years. He posts videos that can help you in a wilderness situation, or in a situation, where you have little to no medical help.  He is funny, informative and a wealth of information and experience.  If you are concerned about what you would do when the normal medical infrastructure breaks down, you need to take this class.  As Skinny Medic says: "You never know when you will be the first responder".

 

Aquaponics 101

Michael McKinley-Aquaponics4All

Aquaponics is the elegant combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.  It’s a closed loop system that uses 95% less water than either aquaculture or hydroponics alone.  Aquaponics is the most ideal way to produce both vegetables and protein from the same system.  The harmonious, symbiotic relationship between plants, fish and beneficial bacteria provides the most productive and sustainable food production system known to man.  Fish raised in tanks produce a waste stream that feeds vegetable plants, while the plants filter and clean the water that is sent back to the fish tanks.  Learn all the basics on how to set up your very own perpetual food production system in this Aquaponics 101 class. 

Introduction To Aquaponics will discuss one of the most natural God given processes on Earth.  Anyone that has ever looked at the ecology of a river or stream with fish in it, have been witness to Aquaponics.

We'll cover the individual elements and similarities of both, while expanding on the how of duplicating it and engineering it to suit our specific needs. We'll work in some practical application and design elements to get you started on this great adventure. After 15 minutes of questions at the end of the presentation, you can get more info from my vendor area where I'll have a fully functioning Aquaponics set-up, complete with fish and plants.

 

Archery for Survival and Preparedness

Mark Warren

Does archery have a place in a survival/preparedness situation?  Find out why a simple bow and arrow might just be your primary weapon and hunting companion, in a grid down situation.  

This archery presentation goes into great detail about what specific equipment is best for preppers & homesteaders, and hits the high points on how to use it. 

 

Beekeeping- Natural Techniques

Fred Nichols

Honey is nature’s  perfect food.  And honey is one of nature’s most potent internal and external medicines.  Honey can store for as long as civilized man has existed.  (They have found edible honey in Egyptian tombs!) You can use it for preserving, as a sweetener, and even to make alcoholic beverages. (Mead- honey wine- was one of man’s first alcoholic beverages.)

If you are a prepper, then you need honey.  In order to have honey, you need honey bees.  In order to have honey bees, you need to take care of them in the most natural fashion, so that they work with you to produce the most amount of honey, with the least amount of stress on the colony.

Fred Nichols has been involved in beekeeping and other natural practices for most of his life.Today, Fred lives a preparedness lifestyle, attends to his honey bees, collects honey and builds and sells alternative style bee hives and equipment.

   

 

Blacksmithing on the Cheap

Andrew Pitts

"Blacksmithing on the Cheap" is an introductory class designed to assist individuals get started in blacksmithing without spending a lot of money. Many people get interested in blacksmithing, but then realize that the typical costs of a forge and equipment are too expensive. This class will show you how they did it in the old days, and how you can be a blacksmith, without all the costs. Topics covered will include: the history of blacksmithing, tools and improvised tools, construction of a two brick forge, things you can make with a two brick forge, and of course, safety.

This is a companion class to Principles of Blacksmithing- but either class can be taken without having taken the other.

 

Brew Beer, Wine, Mead and Distill Alcohol 

Fred Nichols

Learn how to make beer, wine, mead and how to distill alcohol at home-- legally; from honey, fruit and other natural resources. 

 

Butchering, Whole Animal Meat Preparation

Instructor- TBD 

Learning how to efficiently and safely butcher animals is an important skill for any one interested in preparedness and homesteading.  Learn how to humanely dispatch an animal and how to go through the process of creating cuts of meat from an animal. This will be a real, and graphic demonstration, so know that in advance. 

 

Canning Basics- Water Bath and Pressure Canning 

Suzanne Upton

In this class we will be going over the basics of canning, including:

·         Why the skill of canning is so important to learn;    Water bath canners- how and when to use them;   Pressure canners- how and when to use them;    Canning jars and lids: different sizes and uses;  Tools and other canning equipment you'll need;  How to can meats and meals in a jar;  Canning outdoors or over a fire;  Canning safety and how to avoid food poisoning; Proper storage of home canned foods; and favorite recipes for home canned goods.

   

Cheese Making

Grannie Pam

Nobody likes powdered milk- do they?  But you almost have to have powdered milk, if you are going to be able to store that kind of protein for the long term.

 But Grannie Pam can show you  how you can use powdered milk from food storage to make a tasty  30 minute Mozzarella cheese plus  a Ricotta cheese at the same time-(made from the left over whey)!

 Grannie Pam is an expert in food preparation, food storage, canning, lacto-fermentation for the production of sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles, dehydration, cheese making, and working with sourdough.  She is the author of "Grannie Pam's Favorite Recipes" and "Grannie Pam's Prepping With Big Flavors". 




 

Cherokee Survival Skills

Mark Warren
 
The land itself is the first factor that defined how any tribe of people would live. All over the North American continent the character of the terrain – its geology and its diversity of flora and fauna – dictated how a people would live. In the Southeast the thick woodlands most often made distant projectile shots at prey an impractical effort. The forest demanded from Cherokee hunters, instead, that they reduce the distance from hunter to prey. Thus born was the skill of stalking. This class will address the Cherokee techniques for that discipline. Whether or not you are a hunter is not relevant. These stalking methods are tied into tracking, too, because the truest way to understand the nuance of a track is to see that track made. To see it, one must know how to stalk close enough to be a spectator.
 
Essential to understanding the land is an intimacy with the plants that grow on it. This study is the foundation of all the other survival skills, from bow-making to baskets, from food to fire-making, from insect repellency to medicines. This class will cover the few essential plants of Southern Appalachia that every practitioner of survival skills should know.
 
 

Cold Smoking to Preserve Meat

MacEntrye

Cold Smoking is the traditional method of preserving meat without cooking or refrigeration. When you look into it, you find very little information. Most sources include only a paragraph or two describing how to use Cold Smoke. MacEntyre has done the research, interviewed folks who remember, and figured out how it works. Most importantly, he shows how to eliminate the risk of bacteria in the preservation process. This class includes a demonstration of each step, and detailed instructions on how to make your own equipment to use Cold Smoke.

MacEntyre has specific recommendations for how to use Cold Smoke to rescue meat in your freezer when the lights go out, how to prepare game in the field, and how to make Cold Smoke in the woods using Bushcraft. After taking this course, you will have the confidence and knowledge to preserve meat on your own.


 

Colloidal Silver for Emergency Preparedness  

Jonathan Glauser

Class Description:  Colloidal Silver is one of the most invaluable items to have on hand in an emergency situation.  It can be extremely useful for medical first aid, as Colloidal Silver heals the skin better than anything else can.  Great to have on hand for cuts, punctures, burns, infections, etc.  Colloidal Silver can be taken internally as a natural antibiotic, helping the body fight infections, and is crucial to have on hand in the case of a biological attack.  Colloidal Silver, when made correctly, can be applied directly in the eyes, ears, sinuses, and even lungs.  In addition, Colloidal Silver can be used to disinfect water and preserve food.  

Jonathan Glauser is the creator of Mountain Well-Being and is a leading expert in the field of colloidal minerals and natural health products. He’s been manufacturing the finest quality Colloidal Silver, Colloidal Gold, and Colloidal Copper for 15 years.  Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about Colloidal Silver.  All questions will be answered.  Jonathan will also cover other key nutritional supplements that are essential for optimal health, such as Organic Sulfur (MSM), Iodine, Dimethylglycine (DMG), Superfoods such as Moringa and Blue-Green Algae, as well as touch on Colloidal Gold and Colloidal Copper uses.  This is a very informative class for those that care about natural health.

 
 

Concealed Carry Defensive Shooting

John Skipper

Learn Defensive Shooting- Not Target Practicing!

Target practicing will never teach you how to shoot defensively in a life or death situation. Most violent attacks start within 10 feet or so of the victim. There is not enough time to pull out your concealed carry handgun, and line up your sights (like you would during target practice), to stop an assailant.  The only way to save your life, and the lives of your loved ones, is to learn defensive shooting.

John Skipper can teach you how to draw (from holster, purse or jacket) and make two center mass shots in less than two seconds, without "aiming" or lining up your gun sights.  With proper training you can be comfortable with your ability to use a handgun proficiently in this way if necessary.

Find out how to fine tune your fundamentals of drawing and firing quickly and accurately.  So that you can then transfer that knowledge and skill to live fire on the range.

Learn to shoot in various defensive scenarios such as carjacking, house clearing, home invasions and assault situations. 

Many people have concealed carry permits. A surprisingly large percentage do not actually carry because they are not comfortable with their ability to draw, fire and make sure the bad guy comes in second in a gunfight or assault.  This class will help you learn what you need to know.

 

DC Power Alternatives – “Lights On” for Preppers

Jeff Yago

America’s electric grid is at greater risk today than ever before. But not everyone can afford a large scale and expensive solar photo voltaic system. Sometimes simpler is better. Surprisingly, before electric utilities were selling AC power to consumers through transmission lines, farms and homesteads ran on DC and battery power.

Today, DC power options are even cheaper and more efficient than ever before.  Mr. Yago will review solutions from his new book, “Lights On”,  including simple low-cost ways to power lights, appliances, A/V equipment, radios, medical devices, water pumps, charge cell phones, and have refrigeration for months after the grid and your generator have failed or run out of fuel.


 

Defensive Tactics

Dan Meadows

In the Defensive Tactics class you will learn to recognize violence and attack methods, how to develop a defensive framework, making a plan of action, the use of force continuum, the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act), making use of available weapons, learning when to  stand and fight, ground and pound, engage / re-engage / disengage, and surviving the threat, and options on what to do after the action.


     

Dehydrating Basics & Beyond

Grannie Pam

 Learn what, where and how to dehydrate and why dehydrating foods is one of the simplest, easiest, and best ways to store food.  A 5 lb bag of corn can be reduced down to a sandwich bag.  Dehydrating takes very little space,  and doesn't require heavy glass jars that can fall and break off your shelf.  Find out all you need to know about dehydrating, and how to get the right equipment to do it.
 

  

Dutch Oven & Camp Cooking

David Jones ( from Pappy's Gunsmithin')

Learn the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts;  and even the best kind of wood to use, when you are primitive camp cooking and Dutch Oven cooking.

David Jones owns Pappy’s Gunsmithin’ and Backwoods Livin’ which was established in the Smoky Mountains west of Asheville to prepare folks not to just survive, but to thrive in hard times. It doesn't matter whether these hard times come from personal financial hardship, governmental economic turmoil, man-made, or natural disaster; we need to make sure our families are prepared. We are here to help you accomplish your goals by presenting classes, and providing information on, and supplies for homesteading, sustainable living, personal protection, and emergency preparedness. Come by our booth for information, education, and inspiration


 

Escape From Material Restraints

Billy Jensen

Disasters are becoming more commonplace. They are breeding grounds for secondary crimes of opportunity, like: kidnapping, robbery, murder, and extortion. Do not allow yourself to become a victim. Take active measures to learn all you need to know to protect yourself and your  loved ones.

In this class, you will learn some basic tools and techniques to help you escape from material restraints such as duct tape, handcuffs, rope, and zip ties. We will arm you with the knowledge base and skill sets required to rescue yourself and others, if the unthinkable ever does happen. You will learn how to handle the psychological impact of
capture and captivity and how to choose response (thinking) over reaction (instinct).
 

Emergency Communications

David Bennett

This course will cover various means and modes of communication for both the licensed and unlicensed. We will discuss everything from cell phone, FRS, GMRS to all of the Ham Bands. We will look at digital possibilities for off grid transfer of data, maps, photos and documents. We will touch on radio tracking possibilities. We will discuss power options in a grid down scenario. This session will cover a lot of ground. More detailed discussions, Q&A, and demonstrations will be available at the Emergency Communications Tent.


 

Family Communications Planning

Butch Erskine

 If an EMP or Solar Flare hit at this moment, do you know where your family is and how they will get from current location to their destination?  If they don't arrive, would you know where to go look for them?  Does your family or team know when to engage the "plan?"  This class addresses "What is a Family Communication Plan?"  We will discuss;  what is communication and emergency communications, what objectives should we build in a plan, who should have your plan,  when to trigger your plan, four phases of emergency communications, the "Uh-Oh Plan",  family communication devices, communication plan checklist, and sample emergency plan.  The objective of this course is to assist individuals in understanding and creating a plan on how to communicate while separated from family members during emergencies.    


  

Fermenting to Preserve Foods

Suzanne Upton

Welcome to the age-old ways of preserving food by fermenting!  Throughout history, food was preserved with brines and seasonings, not only to extend the life of the food but to enhance its health-giving benefits.  Fermented foods are packed with nutrients and probiotics that our bodies can easily digest, which is critical in any survival situation.  Fermentation includes breads, fruits, drinks, meats, and vegetables.  Learn how this tasty method should be a part of your prepper plan for food preservation.  Suzanne will share the nutrition benefits and safe methods of fermentation preservation, how to enhance your garden harvests with spices and seasonings for taste and storage, and help you get started using this amazing method to preserve any fresh vegetable or fruit for your own health and survival well-being.


 

Get Off the Grid- Starting Now.

Rick Austin
 
When you Get Off Grid- It is not just about getting off the power grid- It is about getting off the currency grid, the work grid, the commute grid, and the food grid.

Getting off the Grid is not about saving the planet  – It’s about saving yourself.  It’s about saving your own economic freedom,  freedom from stress, freedom from debt, freedom from slavery, freedom from banks and bosses, freedom from the poisonous in industrial food system, freedom from the health care system,  and the freedom of your own long term security.  

Ultimately getting off the grid, creates happiness. 

You can get off the grid, starting now- by doing simple things that will save you lots of money. And you don't need to spend $40,000 on solar panels to do it.

Find out how Rick Austin and Survivor Jane got off the grid- and how you can too. Starting Right Now!


 

Getting Home After a Large Scale Event

Matt Sirni

Any family who actively works toward becoming more prepared for unexpected emergencies has developed their "Get Home Bag". But, have you developed a plan? The Get Home Bag contains the tools you need to get home. Together, we will look at the "How" to get home. We will discuss route choices and planning, being a grey man, shelter considerations, meeting places, maps, and much more!


 

Gold & Silver- What You Need to Know

Craig Hill

From gold bars to Troy ounces to junk silver.  There are things you need to know about buying and trading in physical bullion, and there are tips you need to know as a prepper.  If you are eager to learn about the world of precious metals, stop by the Gold  & Silver class at prepper camp. 

 

Hand-Held Radio Operations

David Bennett

In this course we will discuss Handheld radios. Answer routine questions on operation and setup. BRING YOUR radios with you. Programming help will be available at the Emergency Communications Tent. We will work hands on during this course to learn how to effectively direct radio traffic. What else can I do with my HT(handiTalkie)? You would be shocked to see what a $30 radio can be used for. Additional radio communications will take place all during the event. BRING YOUR RADIOS to join the fun and learning.

 

Hammock Making (without Sewing!)


MacEntrye

MacEntyre believes that the hammock should be the least expensive component of your Hammock Camping gear. That way, you can put more money into insulation. In this class, participants will make a strong, lightweight hammock without using a sewing machine, install a suspension and learn how to hang it between two trees. We will also discuss when and how to insulate a hammock, and other tips and tricks that will enable you to reach MacEntyre's hammock camping ideal: Nothing but the soles of your shoes ever touches the ground!

 

How to Build a Medical Kit  

Skinny Medic

If you are a prepper, and you want to know what is vital to have in your medical kits (car, backpack, home, etc.)- you need to take this class.  Find out what you need (and what you don't need) to have on hand.

Skinny Medic on YouTube is a full time paramedic.  He has been in 911 EMS for 12 years. He posts videos that can help you in a wilderness situation, or in a situation, where you have little to no medical help.  He is funny, informative and a wealth of information and experience.  As Skinny Medic says: "You never know when you will be the first responder".  

 

Kidnapping and Hostage Prevention Training

Billy Jensen

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have an  astoundingly fast reaction time? Having a plan before things go south, and then sticking to it, will inevitably increase your chances of survival. Would you like to know how to set yourself up for success before encountering the worst?

In this class, you will learn how to make your decisions in advance of the problem so that you have best possible advantage in a bad situation. Learn how to think, decide, act on your own behalf, and avoid becoming a kidnapping target. We will cover where to go, how to dress, what to carry, how to position yourself, how to conduct  countersurveillance, and how to identify the baseline of the community around you.



 

Knife / Edge Weapons Training

Dan Meadows

In the Knife / Edged Weapons Training class will discuss knife laws and carriage, knives and the force continuum, types of knives and edged weapons, self defense and the use of a knife or edged weapons tool, training with the blade, (EDC) every day carry, , deploying your blade, targeting areas of your attacker, protecting your core, getting or receiving cuts or stab injuries yourself, bio-hazard results from the knife, first aid for cuts and stabs, as well as what to do in the aftermath of a bladed encounter.



 

Knots- You Only Need 8, But Which Ones?

MacEntrye

Knot tying has always been one of those key outdoor skills that many take for granted. A good knot can save lives and save valuable time. But you have to know how to tie it.  Ropeman will teach the most important practical knots that everyone can use even in everyday tasks.  Learn to tie the Top 8 Knots That Can Save Your Life.

 

Map and Compass Basics

Matt Sirni

Come learn a new skill and whole new way to enjoy the outdoors utilizing your map and compass. Learn terminology, map reading, base plate compasses, and orienteering. A fun day learning a new skill! This class is for the entire family! 30 minutes of teaching followed by a fun exercise in the woods. This class is great for new comers or refreshing an old skill.


 

Meals in a Jar (Or Bag) -  Great Tasting Food - Premade Meals Ready to Go - Made from Your Food Storage

Grannie Pam

One of the biggest problems for any prepper (after they survive the End of the World as We Know It) is going to be food fatigue. No one wants to go from a life of flavorful food, to eating just beans and rice the rest of their lives.  Learn how to make premade meals that take up less space, have a longer shelf life, and cost a lot less to make than MREs.

And good tasting meals can be a huge morale booster for your family and survival group.  Learn how Grannie Pam takes bland food stores, and with just a little of this, and a pinch of that- turns them into a flavorful and healthy meal that people are happy to eat, in any situation. And everything you need for each meal is already put together in one jar (or sealed storage bag).

Grannie Pam is an expert in food preparation, food storage, canning, lacto-fermentation for the production of sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles, dehydration, cheese making, and working with sourdough.  She is the author of "Grannie Pam's Favorite Recipes" and "Grannie Pam's Prepping With Big Flavors". 

    

Military Logistics Applied To Prepping and Homesteading 

Tim Glance- Old Grouch

This class comes from a military logistician with 23 years experience who will teach you how to use basic military logistics principles and his lessons learned to help you plan for your own needs. Topics covered will include how to forecast your need for supplies, how to plan for alternative sources of supplies and goods, how to make logical decisions about what you need and what you don't, some common things people miss in planning and how to better avoid that problem, how to get the most from your limited budget, and why buying local in your prepping and your everyday life is one of the most important things you can do to help your community be more resilient from a logistical standpoint.


 

Non Power Tools for Preparedness -- Tools Without Power


David Stutts

What happens when there is no more power for your power tools? How do you survive, fix your shelter, repair equipment, construct buildings and barriers, and harvest wood for cooking, heating, and purifying water, when your usual power tools no longer work?

We take for granted many of the tasks we accomplish in today’s world, such as heating our homes, cooking our meals, making repairs, and lighting our homes at night.  Our grandparents, and the people preceding them, did not always have access to electricity to power heat pumps, stoves, lights, and tools, yet they managed to survive. You can too.

During this class, we will discuss numerous tools which were used (and which you should own and know how to use), for repairs, construction and maintaining fire, in a world without electric power.
 


 

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense: A practical guide to survival in an NBC environment.

David Jones

In this class you will learn the effects of a Nuclear blast, how far they travel, as well as fallout: how it travels, what it will effect and how to protect yourself from it. You will also learn how to build a Faraday Gage and more importantly, what to put in it!

To bunker or not to bunker that is the question.

Learn the best protection in a chemical attack, the number one killer in any NBC attack, the best protection from a biological agent or pandemics including Anthrax, Ebloa, the Zika Virus and the flu.

This class will give you practical steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their family.



 

Poncho Raft (How to Escape Using One)

Kerry Alzner

 If you’re bugging out or trying to get home after the lights go out. What will you do when you have to cross a deep river or a lake too long to walk around or bridges are blocked? Well if you have a poncho or a tarp or really big trash bags I can teach you how to cross these water hazards. You'll need some string, (6-8 ft) a poncho or tarp and your Get Home Bag "GHB" or Bug Out Bag "BOB", The willingness to get wet will add to the fun. However this course can be taught without you going for a swim, but where is the fun in that? Learn how to turn your backpack into a raft.


 

Principles of Blacksmithing

Andrew Pitts

“Principals of Blacksmithing” complements our “Blacksmithing on the Cheap” class and will address many of the recurring questions that come up during the Blacksmithing on the Cheap presentation. We will examine the foundations of the blacksmith’s craft; the classification of metals (ferris vs non-ferris, iron vs steel), the meaning of the various metal hardness descriptions, types of fires, how metals move, types of tools, hardening and tempering. We will not focus on the “how to” of blacksmithing (which is covered in Blacksmithing on the Cheap), as much as the why.

"Blacksmithing on the Cheap" and "Principles of Blacksmithing" are meant to be stand-alone classes that complement each other. Where Blacksmithing on the Cheap is more of a walk around the shop, Principles of Blacksmithing will be more of a classroom approach. 

 

Primitive Wilderness Survival Skills

 Richard Cleveland

 As preppers, we all know the importance of a well-stocked homestead, but as we know emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Have you ever considered, having to "Bug Out," perhaps with very little? Join Earth School's founder Richard Cleveland as he discusses the realities of Primitive Survival and how it relates to prepping.

 

Raising Rabbits- The Natural Colony Approach

MacEntyre

MacEntyre will tell the story of how he and his daughter got started raising rabbits, and how they ended up with The Wabbit Warren, a colony of naturally fed, pedigreed rabbits that are sold for pets, show, meat or breeding. He will explain how they build rabbit colonies, how they collect natural food, how they grow fodder, how they scavenge food during the winter, and how they line breed for particular qualities. He will also address predators, diseases and escapees. He will have detailed costs for everything involved in The Wabbit Warren.

 

Retreat Water and Energy Systems 

Scott Hunt- Engineer 775; Practical Preppers

Learn the ins and outs of retreat water systems, from Rain Water Collection, to Spring Boxes, to Solar Water Pump systems.  Learn what works best for your situation, and how you can maximize your water assets to make you more sustainable and to save you money.

When considering alternative power solutions you need to look at all the generator options, including solar, natural gas, propane, gasoline and Diesel. How do you determine generator sizing?  What are the best uses for solar power, what are the costs, benefits, and long term issues when using solar power vs. other off grid options? What do you use for energy storage, how do you convert battery power to Alternating Current to run household items, and those you will need in a grid down situation?  How to your protect it from EMPs and other issues? Find out all this and more, at this seminar

Scott Hunt is a sustainable living design engineer.  He specializes in off-grid water and energy systems.  His expertise in mechanical engineering combined with good old-fashioned know-how gleaned from experience “on the farm and in the woods” has enabled him to draw closer to that goal of a fully sustainable lifestyle. 

If he isn't installing a prepper system for a client, speaking at a conference, consulting via the phone, then you will find him in his shop tinkering on the next cool project.  

 

Rope Bridges: How to Safely Cross Bodies of Water and Deep Gorges

Kerry Alzner

A rope bridge is used to cross fast moving rivers, deep gorges with personnel and equipment. It is used by Special Forces and Rangers to get people and equipment across rivers. If built correctly you can cross deep gorges, rivers, even between buildings. There are several types of rope bridges. The course to be taught will use 1 rope for a small party or people crossing hazardous areas (rivers) safely. This type of rope bridge can be used to rescue people in flooded areas.
 

  

Secret Garden of Survival- How to Grow a Camouflaged Food-Forest

(This class will now be combined with the Secret Greenhouse Presentation.)

Rick Austin- The Survivalist Gardener

Imagine a food garden that you only have to plant once in your life-time, that takes up very little space, that will provide food for you and your family for the next 30 years; that can grow five times more food per square foot than traditional or commercial gardening; and where you never have to weed, never have to use fertilizers and never have to use pesticide-- ever.

And the whole garden is disguised to look like overgrown underbrush, so that anyone passing by would not even dream that you had food growing there!

 It’s the essential prepper food source that can provide you with all the fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries, that you and your family can consume in a year.

  
 

Secret Greenhouse of Survival- How to Build the Ultimate Homestead & Prepper Greenhouse

(This class will now be combined with the Secret Garden of Survival Presentation.)

 Rick Austin- The Survivalist Gardener

Imagine a greenhouse that heats your home in the winter; and heats your water; that grows five times more food per sq. ft. than a hoop house; that provides food for you and your family all year long; where your food grows in 3 dimensions; where you never have to use fertilizer; where you never have to use pesticide, and where you can grow exotic foods, i.e. citrus or coffee trees in New England); that allows you to start seedlings in the spring; that hides your solar electric system; and that can house your small animals or incubate chickens and ducks.

All disguised to look like a porch on your home, so that desperate and hungry passersby would  have no idea that you have food growing there. 

 

  

Secret Livestock of Survival- How to Raise the 10 Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock

Rick Austin- The Survivalist Gardener

Protein should be a big portion of your diet in a homestead or retreat situation. Many traditional farm animals are not a good choice for the small homestead or for the prepper trying to remain undetected. (Hint- Roosters crowing are a dead giveaway to your location.) Find out what animals are the least amount of work for you, and give you the highest return on your investment of money, time and resources.  And find out which livestock animals are the most discreet- so they won't give away your location!

 

Selecting the Correct Firearms for Your Defense 

David Stutts 

There are many thoughts regarding the selection of the proper firearms for Defensive Purposes.  Many are of the largest caliber, with the most bullets is the only way to go.  Others are in the “small and Concealable” camp.  During our Class, we will be discussing a multitude of advantages and disadvantages of the most popular types of firearms. 

We will be covering Handguns, Rifle, Shotguns, as well as the different types of ammunition available on the market today and the variety of accessories that are designed to enhance your proficiency with your chosen firearms.   Firearms were designed for specific purposes in mind, and while many can be adapted to multiple uses, not all have that same utility.

During our seminar, we will also cover the importance of proper firearms training.  Without proper instruction, you are doing nothing but enforcing bad habits, and punching holes in a piece of paper downrange.

 
 

  

Simple and Quick Shelters

Tim Glance

Disasters don't often come with a warning. And sometimes in a survival situation, weather can change fast.  Having shelter can often mean the difference between life and death.  Learn how to make simple and quick shelters that in a pinch could provide you with life saving protection from the cold, the rain, and creepy crawlers when you are on the go.  

 
 

Solar Power - In Plain English

Johnny Valentine

This class will outline the basics of solar in plain English and attempt to demistify the subtle technicalities of using solar to backup the critical electrical loads necessary for survival and maybe even a little comfort in a grid down scenario.

Topics covered in brief will be:
Solar panels - mounting, wiring methods to build amperage vs building voltage, physical solar panel sizes
Backing up electrical loads critical for survival -
Solar well pump- Grundfos please
Lighting - thank god for LED
Refrigeration - fridges vs freezers.  the battery killer
Power tools - how much power is in a 15 amp outlet
Solar air conditioning.  Mini splits vs whole house heat pumps
What do you really need to survive?
Visuals… will include:
Combiner box
Transfer switch
Charge controller
Magnum inverter
Critical loads subpanel
And time for Questions and Answers


 

Spy Craft 1

Forrest Garvin

Spy Craft 1 - is comprised of everything from escape and evasion techniques to surveillance and counter surveillance.  It is jam packed with innovative ideas, useful tricks, and hacks that very well may save your life.  You will learn how to pick locks, getting out of handcuffs, make a homemade perimeter detection system, make a bulletproof backpack for under $40, get a press pass, triangulate radio signals, how to find Spy Cams and Spy Bugs and many other skills to add to your spy repertoire. People may call you James Bond after this class. 

 

Spy Craft 2

Forrest Garvin

This is an extension of Spy Craft 1 where you can learn more covert tips and tricks from the spy trade, that can help protect your family.  (Note; You do not need to take Spy Craft 1 before taking Spy Craft 2).

Spy Craft 2 - covers even more skill sets to help you maintain operational security. Imagine being able to have secured text messages and voice calls. You will learn how to maintain online privacy by using VPN's, TAILS OS and TOR. We will go over how to securely print photos and documents. With the proper equipment you'll even be able to listen to any radio frequency, track aircraft and even download weather maps from satellites without an internet connection. These are invaluable force multipliers. This class is approved by Chuck Norris.
 
  

SUN OVEN Cooking & More – Using the Sun to be Prepared for Emergencies-

Paul Munsen

Learn how to harness the power of the sun to cook, dehydrate, purify water and be better prepared for emergencies. Paul Munsen, of SUN OVENS  International, will cover everything you need to know about using a SUN OVEN to bake, boil and steam foods. He will show how practical and easy it is to cook in a SUN OVEN and discuss the many economic, health and  environmental benefits of cooking with the sun.

You will never have to worry about burning dinner again. Discover how to use a SUN OVEN to  naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables, and  enhance winter sprouting. Find out how to reduce your utility bills and  the amount of fuel you need to store for emergency preparedness while  helping families in deforested developing countries around the world.


   

The Truth about EMPs - What Will Really Survive?

Jeff Yago

Mr. Yago has just completed his latest book which makes EMP understandable for everyone without having to be a nuclear physicist.   He has spent years researching all available information, interviewed retired scientists involved in actual 1960’s nuclear bomb testing,  and has worked with other engineers to test everyday electronic devices and solar hardware in full-size EMP test chambers.  What actually survived, and did not survive, in many cases is not what you are being told on the internet!

 

Wild Edible Plants/Survival Resources  (Wild Edible Survival)

Richard Cleveland

Nature provides everything we need, to not just survive, but THRIVE! Join Earth School's founder Richard Cleveland as he guides you through the wild space around Prepper Camp pointing out, identifying and discussing the many uses of plants that surround us everyday.

 

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