Top Bush Craft Courses-Part II
Cody Lundin’s Aboriginal Living Skills School, LLC (“ALSS”)
Please note: the ALSS bush craft courses list explicitly states whether or not Lundin or one of his associates will teach the class. So, if you want Lundin’s instruction, be sure to pay attention to the course list. Lundin claims to have over 27 years as a professional survival instructor. Lundin’s website features that he has been interviewed by major news outlets like CNN and Good Morning America.
Day Courses/Skills Courses
Lundin has “Skills Courses” which there isn’t a formal overnight stay and an immersion “Adventure Courses.” Lundin also conducts prepper/self-reliance training. (It is expensive though at $2,699 for six days of training)
Particular survival techniques are taught in the “Skills Classes.” For example, the “Light My Fire” skills class teaches you how survival or emergency fire making. Along with primitive survival techniques, most classes teach you how to use modern bushcraft survival gear properly. The skill courses range from $395 for the “Light My Fire Class” to $2,699 for the Self Reliance Symposium.
The “Adventure Courses,” instructs using modern and primitive survival skills. Lundin offers winter and desert survival classes and classes where no modern equipment is used. He even has once wilderness survival course where you are left in the desert with only your clothes on your back. The prices range from $695 for the three-day winter survival class to $3,499 for the “Desert Drifter” course.
Wilderness Awareness School (“WAS”)
This school is based in Duvall, Washington and they have over ten instructors listed on their website. The founder is a naturalist. So, the classes have a focus on both wilderness survival and nature appreciation.WAS has a wide variety of bush craft courses. WAS, along with survival training, offers educator classes where they teach enrollees to:
-Learn models for creating effective educational experiences based on the cycles of Nature
-Practice games, activities, and songs which draw people young and old into Nature
-Explore the role of story telling in the educational structures of nature-based cultures and draw out your own stories for mentoring youth and inspiring and teaching others!
WAS’s survival courses offer day programs which are either general programs focusing on basic wilderness Survival (using modern survival equipment) to specialized courses, such as learning the therapeutic uses of medicinal plants and learning to build a fire using friction.
The prices, for these day programs, range from $195 for the “Wilderness Survival Basics” to $95 for the “Awakening Fire.”
WAS’s intensive programs encompass a broad range of activities. In their, nine months, “Anake Outdoor School” they offer areas of instruction in naturalist studies, self-discovery, community leadership and bushcraft. This course is college accredited and GI bill eligible.
WAS also offers a nine-month program ($1,775 to $2,550) that exclusively deals with wildlife tracking.
Survival Camp For Kids
WAS also has “Youth Programs.” They have classes for all ages of children. The “Nature Explorers,” day camp is a half-day nature appreciation course for children ages four to six. This course costs $275. They also have a “Knife and Knot Skils” day camp for ten to 12-year-olds costs $375. Their overnight, Monday through Sunday, “Wilderness Survival” bush craft course for 11 to 14-year-olds costs $735.
Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School (“Tracker”)
The tracker school was founded in 1978 and is based upon the teachings of Tom Brown Jr. who learned Native American wilderness survival skills from an Apache elder, “Stalking Wolf.”
Tracker’s bush craft courses balances wilderness survival with lessons on Native American spirituality. For example, Tracker offers classes concerning the appreciation of Native American spirituality.
Tracker has seven court pillars in his teaching: Philosophy, Teaching, Healing Prophecy/Vision, Scout, Survival Skills and Tracking.
Their “Tracker” which is their intro to wilderness survival course, according to the online syllabus seems to focus, exclusively, on learning primitive survival methods. For example, you’ll learn how to start a friction fire and how to make natural emergency shelters, like a mud hut and a thatched shelter.
Also, you’ll learn primitive trapping techniques. However, depending upon your philosophy, this may be right or wrong, no animals are harmed.
The price for the Tracker seems very reasonable with this six-day, introductory class costing only $800. The “Advanced Standard” class, which expands on their introductory bush craft courses is also a six-day class, and it costs only $900.