FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATE 2021: OREGON SURVIVAL SCHOOL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.
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Staff and participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend Lifesong Wilderness Adventures Camps & Courses. Copy of vaccination card required.
What is Lifesong Wilderness Adventures?
Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is a nature-based adventure company specializing in outdoor survival, nature awareness, and bushcraft skills. Nature is diverse and so are we. We welcome all good-hearted people interested in learning wilderness survival, and outdoor self-reliance skills.
What are the Adult Camps?
Adult Camps are multiday overnight's, for ages 18 and older. See camp of choice for details. Survival skills and techniques are abundant and there is no fast track to acquiring them.
Adult Camp Pages
If you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to empower yourself, by learning how to act in the outdoors safely and efficiently, the results of survival training will amaze you. You will not walk away empty-handed, instead, you will be filled with powerful knowledge and expertise to use for a lifetime.
Courses are diverse and provide ample information to help you start and finish a well-rounded education in wilderness survival skills. Fortify yourself before adventuring into the unknown with the essential survival skills of shelter, water, fire, and food.
What experience or condition do I have to be in to attend camp?
Most camps do not need physical conditioning. The exception is THE EDGE and Immersion. However, by registering early will give you plenty of time to prepare.
Do I need a medical release?
Yes, for all programs.
See Camp page of choice for duration.
What is the Weekend Wilderness Survival School?
Weekend School is designed for people and groups unable to attend a week-long or longer course. Weekend Survival School range from 1, 2, or 3 days. Dependent upon the program offered. Check back often as more courses become available.
Minimum age to attend is 16, with parental consent unless otherwise stated on course page.
- California Weekend Survival School - 3 days survival training - see course schedule
- Oregon Survival School 1, and 2 days - offering a variety of survival courses - see course description
Teen Adventure Camps
- One and Two-Week Teen Camp - age 14 - 15
- Two-Week Teen Camp - age 16 - 17
- 28-day Teen Wilderness Apprentice - age 15 - 17
All Teen camps require a medical release form.
Where are Camps located?
Fall, winter, and spring courses are held along the coast, near Florence, OR. Late spring and summer 2022 camps will be held near Eagle Cap Wilderness. And Texa,s near Austin during the month of March.
What will the weather be like?
We recommend NOAA's National Weather for up-to-date localized weather.
Oregon camp expect wet but moderate temperatures during the late fall and winter months. Zip Code - 97467
Texas in March around Austin is mild and warm with sunny days and cooler nighttime temperatures. Zip Code - 78602.
How do I get to camp and when should I arrive?
Booking your flight
Texas Camps by air: we do offer a shuttle service for L.O.S.T - Texas Survival Training to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (airport code-AUS) Please reserve your flight to arrive AUS no later than 12 noon, earlier is better. Departing flights, no earlier than 3:00 PM.
TX Standard Camp begins on Sunday at 11:00 am and ends on Wednesday at 11:00 am. TX Advanced Standard Camp begins on Wednesday at 2: pm and ends on Sunday at 11:00 am.
If you plan to arrive by bus or air please email us.
What do I need to bring to camp?
An itemized camp list identifying clothing, equipment, and personal items specific to each camp is included in your registration packet which is sent immediately upon verification of registration.
There is plenty of time to obtain any items you may not already possess and at minimal cost. The items listed are part of most households, toiletries, clothing, eating utensils, etc. We encourage the use of your local thrift store for any items you may not have.
A tent, sleeping bag, and pad are required for all camps unless otherwise stated. Rental is available for tent and sleeping pad for $50. *Rentals are available for Texas Survival Training only.
Survival knives are available to rent at camp. Knives for both two-week Teen Summer Adventure Camps are included. Do not send a knife to camp with your teen.
Where can I find recommended clothing and equipment?
The links provided below are other options for clothing and equipment. Even though we have recommended clothing and equipment requirements, students are not required to use suggested brands. The brands listed are based on personal use and experience.
Wool clothing is recommended for Winter Camp and THE EDGE. It is our goal to keep items at a minimum and easily accessible. For some living in sunnier climes, wool items can be a challenge to find thus the list provided. We encourage the use of thrift stores for any items you may not already have.
Gear and Links
The following brands are in alphabetical order and do not reflect preference and are suggestions only, not requirements:
The Mora#11827: The Companion MG Stainless or Carbon are both great functional knives for light duty. Can't beat the price.
Ragweed Forge is back. They carry the Mora knives and many others.
Mark Russon of Utah Knife Works has recently caught my eye.
Clothing: CampMor, Columbia, Marmot, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, Pendleton, REI, Smartwool, Under Armour, Wigwam, Woolrich
Footwear: Keen, Merrell, Nevados (we recommend Nevados for overall comfort, fit, and low-cost; however, only consider them for minimal use) New Balance, North Face, and Teva. Sorels' are good, insulated boots.
Gear: Coleman, Gregory, Jansport, Kelty, Marmot, Ozark, and Wenzl, etc.
Militarysupplyhouse.comsitemap.htm - copy and paste this link into your browser
Kamik Boots - winter snow & rain boots
Sierra Trading Post
Sorel Boots - Rain & Snow boots
The following links are new to us and we have never tried them:
In addition, it is a good idea to check out gear and sleeping bag reviews. here are a couple of reviewers we have found useful:
When do camps start and end?
Adult and Teen camps begin at 4:00 pm PST on the first day of camp and end at 12:00 pm (noon) PST on the last day of camp. Please see course page for specific times.
Texas Standard survival training begins on Sunday at 11:00 am CST and ends on Wednesday at 11:00 am CST. Advanced Standard survival training begins on Wednesday at 2:00 pm CST and ends on Saturday at 12:00 am CST.
Who are the Instructors?
The head instructor for all camps is the founder and director Mark Wienert. Lifesong Staff – student volunteers picked for their leadership qualities.
Will the experience meet my expectations?
We urge each student to attend our courses with both an open and curious mind. And bring with you the old Sage's adage of an empty cup. If your cup of knowledge is already full then LWA will not be a good fit for you.
If, however, you want to learn challenging survival skills and techniques both modern and ancient, and you want to do so in an atmosphere of relaxed encouragement with an expert instructor, then the answer is, yes.
What Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is not
We are not a boot camp, or religious organization, or a therapy camp. We are a nature-based adventure company specializing in outdoor survival, nature awareness, and bushcraft skills. Nature is diverse and so are we. We welcome people interested in learning wilderness survival and self-reliance.