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We believe that becoming a TEMPLAR COMMANDO for a teen/s (13-19 for both male and female) should be a FAMILY mission! Therefore we REQUIRE at least one adult family member be present at our 3 Day Wilderness Boot Camp.

We also believe that you must be FIT in addition to being PREPARED! We have one of the top FITNESS experts in the world GREG AMUNDSON who is a pioneer in CrossFit. He is also a former deputy sheriff and DEA agent. He served our country as a captain in the US Army. His best selling Firebreather Fitness and God In Me are available at our STORE heading under OTHER BOOKS. In preparation for attending our Boot Camp we will be sending you a copy of Greg’s book and asking you to participate in his 21 Firebreather Fitness program with your family. First please check with your health provider/physician before you or a family member begins the Firebreather Fitness program and Boot Camp!

Here are several videos that feature the area you see in the photo above which reminded the Scotts coming to this area of western North Carolina of their homeland in the highlands of Scotland. Even one of the cities in this area is called Highlands!

The FIRST and SECOND videos are Standing Indian Park right on the Appalachian Trail! The THIRD one is right on the AT and is REAL WORKOUT!

This 3 Day Basic Wilderness Survival Bootcamp is based on the following subjects:

FIRE, FOOD, SHELTER, WATER, MEDICINE, NAVIGATION & “THE SURVIVAL MINDSET”

DAY ONE: (Late afternoon and evening)
The students should arrive by 1800hrs on the Friday.

The course will start with an introduction to the course, followed by a wild food dinner. During the evening there will be a short individual task. There will be a table with a number of items on it from which the students have to pick one, which they believe will benefit them during the course.

On the Sunday morning when they have to complete tasks based on what they have been taught, they will explain why they picked the item and describe how it benefited them. The introduction, the dinner and the task is to set the scene for the course.

DAY TWO

FIREThis subject will start with a fire fighting demonstration, using various methods of starting a fire. Different fire settings will be shown. There will also be a number of different ways to use a fire for cooking and a number of ways to build cranes to hang pots on. This will be followed by the students watching a hangi being put into the ground. After this, a fire lighting competition will be held, with each group having to light a fire using one match, build a fire place and crane, wire a tin and boil two pints of water – the winners will get extra “brew kit”.

SHELTERThere then follows a shelter lecture in which a ‘lean to’ shelter is built in front of them. They will then, in their groups, build a group ‘lean to’ shelter in which they will spend Saturday night. After this, the hangi will be dug up and lunch will be served.

FOOD

The food lessons will start the afternoon off with acquisition and preparation of fish and game. This will include the use of snares and traps and fishing with night lines. Each group will then be given a fish and either a rabbit or a bird and will be shown how to prepare the above, which they will then do.

Following on, they will then move on to plants for food and medicine. A number of common plants from the area will be shown and the identification features pointed out with what they can be used for. The students will then be sent out on a foraging trip to see what they can find. After checking what plant life they come back with, they as a group, using the game, fish and plants, prepare an evening meal.

They will also have time during this period to finish or improve their shelter, put in some night lines, gather wood etc.

DAY THREE

Day Three starts when everyone is up (usually early) and have made themselves a brew. We then present a survival navigation lecture followed by a survival navex. If completed properly, they will find their breakfast, which consists of eggs and bacon uncooked in a brown paper bag. When handing over the breakfast, they will be told they can eat the eggs and bacon if they can work out how to cook them without using any manufactured utensils or otherwise.

WATER

Continuing on in the morning, a water lecture will be presented which will include acquisition filtration and sterilization.

PRACTICAL EXAMINATION

The course ends with a practical examination with the group working as a team and covering all aspects of the subjects covered. To properly complete all the tasks at certain points, the teams will have to split to complete the tasks assigned.