Summer Camp Fun!!! WOOT!!!

Well it’s that time of the year we have all been waiting for!  That’s right it’s time for our summer overnight camps! We are having a blast with a great group of kids.  So far they have learned how to gather the proper sized firewood, build the proper structure, ignite it using only one match, and how to use the fire to cook their food.  The campers have also learned how to safely and properly use a knife, carved their very own rabbit stick, and learned how to move silently through the forest. Today they will start making friction fire kits (bow drill) and learning how to make basic stone tools.   Afterwards we are going fishing and camping out under the stars along the Shenandoah River where they will use fire as a tool to burn and scrape wood to make eating utensils.  Oh yeah, We can’t forget the scout log (pictured above).  Well that’s a secret but I am sure your kids will tell you all about it when the return home stronger, more confident, and full of stories of adventure!

Travel Without Time or Destination!

So many people talk about wanting to connect with nature, achieving oneness, or grounding themselves. There are so many programs and organizations advertising nature connection (we sure have them). I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but in my opinion no program or workshop can make that happen, it’s too personal of a journey.  However, I do believe that workshops and programs can lead you to the trail head, point you in a direction, or give you the vehicle to get you there, but there is a catch!  It definitely isn’t as easy as a click of a mouse and it won’t happen overnight!  I can say, learning wilderness skills and increasing my awareness have been part of the best years of my life! When I experienced the feeling of oneness and connection for the first time it was only for a moment!  And it wasn’t in a program or class, it was with a group of friends practicing what we learned from a program we all had attended.  Once you experience it, what then?  You want more, you need more, you want it to last longer, but how?  In my experience I have found that I feel one with the earth, myself, and connected to those around me when I am regularly working on skills and projects from the days of our ancestors. Whether it’s bow making, animal tracking, or studying wild plants, these skills form a direct connection to the earth, our ancestors, and our deeper selves. Another way to achieve this is by venturing out without time or a destination.These traditions are some of the keys that open the doorways to the past, present, future & inner peace! Take the journey, leave the watch and phone behind. Learn to travel without time or destination and most importantly enjoy yourself!

At Ancestral Knowledge we are dedicated to helping people find their passions!  If you would like to get started on the personal journey of a lifetime let me know how we can help you get started. 
Thanks for reading!
Bill
PS-  Check out one of our programs below! They are perfect for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.  They will surely add some fun and adventure to your life!

 

Future Primitives- Teen Skills and Leadership Training is under way!

We are so excited to have full enrollment in our Future Primitives program!  We are having a great time hanging out and working on our projects.  We have had three meetings and we have already accomplished so much!

So far everyone has made their own personal bow drill kits and we even had a PFF! (Personal First Fire)  Everyone has established a sit spot and began their nature journals, making entries about the weather and the animal activities they have experienced while visiting them.  We have erected a sundial to track the earths movements to increase our directional awareness.  We have lit several fires during our emergency fire drills, one participant came prepared with a steak to learn how to cook on an open fire.  let’s not forget about the GAMES!  You never grow to old to play games, but now they involve sticks and stones, bows and arrows, and the occasional blindfold!

 

Family Programs

We offer programs and events that are the perfect way to spend time with your family while enjoying the great outdoors….

MAPS Meet - Mid Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering

The Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet) is the perfect place to disconnect from the stress of modern life and reconnect to the natural world. If you are a seasoned outdoors person or a novice, we have a host of expert instructors who will teach you on your level of understanding. There are over 100 workshops available in many topics including; primitive skills and technology, food storage, herbalism, bushcraft, hunting, wilderness survival, earth based skills, nature awareness, and more. Take a gander at our schedule of workshops.  2018 Schedule coming soon!

Price: $50.00

Date: May 25, 2018

Monthly Clubs

Ancient life skills don’t come easy to everyone after participating in a workshop, attending a camp, or program. We have come up with two ways to help assist you in honing your skills and help motivate you to spend more time getting to know that which you have already learned. These skills can be and should be a part of your deeper self, but it only happens through “dirt time”. Join us once a month to get that “dirt time” you deserve.

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Overnight Camps

Our camps are 100% outdoors and filled with forest exploration, games, and hands-on projects. Our camps provide experiences that are fun, exciting, and unforgettable. Our overnight camps are open children of all genders ages 10-17. Financial Aid is available for those in need of assistance.

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Day Camps

Our camps are 100% outdoors and filled with forest exploration, games, and hands-on projects. Our camps provide experiences that are fun, exciting, and unforgettable. These camps are open to all genders ages 7 & older. Financial Aid is available for those in need of assistance.

Woods Wise I - (June 18-22)

Come explore our natural surroundings, becoming more comfortable in the wilderness. As we wander and explore our local forests, this nature program provides an exciting week of discovery, adventure and games. In this safe learning environment, with experienced instructors, our participants will learn several ancient & practical skills like; how to blend and flow within nature, build a proper camp fire, make natural cordage, track animals, basic wilderness survival techniques, and lost proofing.  The campers will work together in small groups honing their awareness and connecting with the natural world.

Price: $275.00

Date: June 18, 2018

Woods Wise I or II (June 25-29)

Our Woods Wise Camps will be an experience your kids will never forget. Advancing through the different levels of our camps In a safe learning environment, with experienced instructors, our campers will learn ancient & practical skills, become more aware, and more comfortable in the forests.

Participants are guided through experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and allow them to feel at home in a natural environment.

Price: $275.00

Date: June 25, 2018

Woods Wise Day Camps I, II, or III (July 2-6)

Our Woods Wise Camps will be an experience your kids will never forget. Advancing through the different levels of our camps In a safe learning environment, with experienced instructors, our campers will learn ancient & practical skills, become more aware, and more comfortable in the forests.

Participants are guided through experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and allow them to feel at home in a natural environment.

Price: $275.00

Date: July 2, 2018

Outdoor Education

Bring the Ancestral Knowledge outdoor education experience to your school, group, or organizations. We offer programs, presentations, field trips, and hands-on workshops that are fun and engaging for all ages.

Hands-ON Demonstrations

Our Presentations are one of a kind!  We present a combination of natural displays and primitive survival skills demonstrations. Our displays include handcrafted primitive tools such as; bows and arrows, natural baskets, utensils, cordage, stone tools, and much more. Our presentations are student interactive as we pass around many primitive tools and natural materials for discussion and investigation, at the same time engaging students with questions about each item. Finally we stimulate the students’ ancestral knowledge by involving them in a primitive skill, like a fire by friction demonstration in which we recreate the magic of primitive fire as if it was discovered for the first time.

We can come to your location for a half or full day of presentations.
Pricing: 1-3 hours $375, 4-6 hours $525

Field Trips

Our field trips take you deep into the forests of our local park systems to explore the ecosystems within. While participating in our field trips the students are assured to lean several nature based skills including; animal tracking techniques, nature awareness, plant and tree identification, and basic survival skills.  Students will also learn how to move in the forest properly to increase animal sightings.  Toward the end of the trip several primitive skills are demonstrated including fire by friction and basic stone tool making.  Time permitted, the students will have a chance to try their luck at making a fire by friction, the way our ancestors used to do it.

Customized Field Trip Pricing; $375 (8-14 participants), $575 (15-24 participants), $775 (25-40 participants)

Custom Workshops and Programs

Are you interested in exposing your class or group to ancient life skills?  Look no further, Ancestral Knowledge offers a wide range of primitive, traditional, and nature based skills programs and workshops.    We offer our unique outdoor education programs to the Boy/Girl Scouts of America, Public/Private/Charter Schools, Homeschool groups and Universities.  We design a programs that suit your specific needs. Topics include but aren’t limited to; nature awareness, basketry, soap stone carving, natural fiber technology, bow and arrow production, stone tools (flint knapping), hide tanning, pottery,wilderness survival, animal tracking, and wild edible plants.

We can work one-on-one or with large and small groups of youth and adult participants.

Custom program pricing per day: 8-14 participants $375 (1 instructor), 15-24 $575 (2 instructors), 25-40 $775, (3 instructors) These prices are subject to change based on subject matter and material fees

Please contact us if you would like more information or want us to customize a demonstration or program for you!