FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Adult Courses?
Adult courses are for ages 18 and older who wish to experience the challenge of the outdoors while learning the techniques and skills for outdoor survival. What are those skills, they range from basics such as how to make a fire with one match to in-depth fire creation by friction. Survival skills and techniques are abundant and there is no fast track to acquiring them.
If you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to empower yourself, by learning how to function 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 experience for a lifetime.
Lifesong Wilderness adventures (LWA) adult courses range from one to 28 days and are located on the Oregon Coast and Northern California near Mt. Shasta. We also offer L.O.S.T.-Texas during the month of March each year. See course description. Each area offers a unique opportunity to amass skills and knowledge of the local environment that will still apply to your own location.
Courses are diverse and provide ample information to help you start and finish a well-rounded education in survival skills. Fortify yourself before adventuring into the unknown with the essential survival skills of shelter, water, fire, and food.
What is the Weekend Wilderness Survival School?
Weekend School is designed for individuals and groups unable to attend a week-long or longer course and may be 2 or 3 days long dependent upon the program. Check back often as additional courses become available.
Minimum age to attend is 16 with parental consent. A great couples camp.
- California Weekend Wilderness Survival School – 3 days survival training – see course schedule
- Oregon Survival School – 1- 2 days – offering a variety of survival courses – see course description
Teen Adventure Camps – California
- One and Two-Week Teen Camp – age 14 – 15
- Two-Week Teen Camp – age 16 – 17
- 28-day Teen Wilderness Apprentice – age 15 – 17
For those who want an exclusive experience to share with a close group of friends, family or your own personal camp. Please see Custom Survival Training Page for more information
What experience or condition do I have to be in to attend camp?
Most camps do not require physical conditioning. The exception is THE EDGE. However, by registering early for this camp will give you plenty of time to physically prepare.
Do I need a medical release?
THE EDGE, The Journey, 28 Day Adult Immersion, Teen Wilderness Apprentice, One and Two Week Teen Summer Adventure(s) require a medical release form filled out and signed by a licensed, qualified professional health care provider, submitted by health provider prior to camp attendance.
Where are Camps located?
Our primary camp locations are in the rugged mountains of northern California near Mt. Shasta. Our Oregon camp is located along the southern Oregon coast and limited operations in Texas near Austin during the month of March.
What will the weather be like?
California camps are at higher elevations and during all seasons. For this reason, we encourage you to visit NOAA’s National Weather for up to date localized weather. During the summer, days are generally mild to warm with cool nights.
Oregon camp, expect wet but moderate temperatures during the late fall and winter months.
Texas in March around Austin is generally mild and warm with sunny days and cooler nighttime temperatures.
How do I get to camp and when should I arrive?
Driving: enclosed in your registration packet are driving directions to course location. There is a $20 secure parking fee for those attending high camp.
Adult and teen California Camps by Air: For our northern California Camps the nearest airport is the Rogue Valley International Airport-Medford (Airport code-MFR). A round trip shuttle fee of $100 assessed for service to and from the airport (MFR) for all camps. Contact us if you plan on flying to camp.
Most Adult camps begin at 4:00 pm on the first day; you must arrive in Medford no later than 12:00 pm (noon) for pick up at the airport. Camps end at 12:00 pm (noon) and your return flight should be no earlier than 3:00 pm on the last day of camp.
We suggest you arrive the day before camp and we will pick you up at your hotel/motel to alleviate any possible delays. Other students may be arriving by bus or train and require shuttle service as well.
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) 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.
Adult and teen by Bus: Greyhound Bus services to Weed, CA, zip code 96094, shuttle services from Weed Ca to camp are free unless otherwise stated.
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 possess.
A tent, sleeping bag, and pad are required for all camps unless otherwise stated. Rental is available for tent and sleeping pad for $35. *Rentals are available for Texas Survival Training.
Survival knives are available for purchase. 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 were accumulated at the behest of students wanting available options for clothing and equipment. Even though Lifesong has some specific clothing and equipment requirements, students are not required to obtain these items from the suggested brands. The brands listed are based on personal use and experience.
Some wool clothing is recommended for Winter Camp and THE EDGE and you are asked to bring a notebook. 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 possess.
Gear and Links
The following brands are in alphabetical order and do not reflect preference and are suggestions only, not requirements:
Clothing: CampMor, Columbia, Marmot, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, Pendleton, REI, Smart Wool, Under Amour, 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
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:
Are meals included?
For most camps, we provide all meals. Exceptions are Weekend Wilderness Survival School. We provide good, wholesome, organic, and free-range foods when possible.
Most meals are vegetarian. (Due to the remoteness of camp, it is difficult storing easily perishable foods.) Nevertheless, we do include meat in our menu when possible. Fresh drinking water is available at all times.
Weekend Wilderness Survival School has a recommended list of food items in the registration packet.
When do camps commence and end?
First and Second Circle begin on Sunday and end on Friday, 6 days.
Winter Survival Training begins on Sunday and ends on Friday, 6 days
THE EDGE begins on Sunday and ends on Friday, 6 days.
The Journey begins on Sunday and ends on Sunday, 8 days.
The Way begins on Sunday and ends on Friday, 6 days.
Wilderness Immersion Adult Survival Training begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday, 28 days.
A Scouts Path Please see course page.
Weekend Schools 3-day camps begin on Friday and end on Sunday, 2-day camps begin on Saturday and end on Sunday.
Teen Camps one week (7 days) and two weeks (14 days) begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.
Teen Wilderness Summer Apprentice begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday, 28 days.
Most 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 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. Mark will be with you from start to finish. Lifesong Staff – student volunteers picked for their leadership qualities. There are additional guest instructors for some camps.
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 Lifesong will not be a good fit for you.
If on the other hand, 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 in exquisitely beautiful mountain terrain with an expert instructor, then the answer is, yes.
How may I obtain photos of my camp experience?
You may copy and use any personal photos of your camp experience found on the website. Should you desire other photos please contact us to determine what is available and at what cost. All photos are the express property of Lifesong Wilderness Adventures and protected under copyright law.
What Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is not.
We are not a boot camp, a 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 all people interested in learning wilderness survival and self-reliance.