First Circle Survival Camp is founded on indigenous wisdom of survival. A wise woman once said; "Our people used traditional knowledge from the forest, to help themselves...Learn to carry your box of matches in your mind and muscle" ~Vaasilli Moelagi Jackson. Savaii, Western Samoa.
First Circle Camp
The Standard in Survival Skills Training
Location: Eugene, OR
Date: June 19-23, 2022
Note: Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend.
First Circle Camp is open to Adults. Teens 16 & older are welcome with parental approval.
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Survival Camp First Circle - The Standard
First Circle - What we do
Survival camp features empowering skills emphasizing primitive technology. First Circle provides hands-on outdoor training. Training is professional, engaging, and effective.
We believe it's important you have a sense of what it might be like in real survival. We have exercises to expand your senses, movement, and awareness in nature. Training exercises prepare you for situations encountered in outdoor survival conditions.
Primitive fire-craft, shelter, filtering water, wild foods, primitive cooking, containers, and more primitive skills are taught at camp.
Our emphasis is to share with you what's available on the land. Then how to apply and use what nature offers for our short-term survival and long-term needs.
- Bow drill construction-use
- emergency fire craft-application-safety
- tree & plant tinder
- debris shelter
Psychology of Survival
- survival attitude
- sympathetic nervous system
- a prepared mind
- locating water
- plants & trees
- fire lays
- cooking woods
Imagine being more at home, prepared, and confident in the outdoors then you ever thought possible! Each new day increases your experience, knowledge, and ability.
Useful Common Plants
- traditional uses
- nature observation
- bird language
Human Animal Behavior
- helpful techniques and tools
Edible Insect & Animal
- throwing stick
- map & compass
leave No Trace
- natural camouflage
- how to shat in the woods
First Circle Camp
Build your confidence in the outdoors. Our training and experience will help you meet your goal.
- Lose the fear
- Get strong
- Be capable
Go for it and register today!
Survival Camp First Circle Student Testimonials
"I was nervous to learn that I would be the only woman at my First Circle. After meeting Mark, his staff, and the other participants, I was immediately relieved of all my worry. Mark and the staff went out of their way to make me feel comfortable: worked hard to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment. Because of the kindness and awareness of the six men in the group, I was able to focus all my energy on learning wilderness skills instead of on the fact that I was the only woman. Big thanks to Mark and everyone else for a great experience and fantastic adventure!" ~Michelle Killingsworth
Survival skills are life skills
"Lifesong Wilderness Adventures provides such a wonderful experience. Whether participating in refresher courses or new courses, I always feel incredibly empowered and confident afterward. Dirt-Time is hard to come by for me due to my day job. Lifesong provides a mix of class and dirt-time that allows for continuous growth and awareness that I can use not just in the great outdoors, but even at home and at work. Thank you, Mark, for being such an inspiring and patient teacher. And to the staff!!! WOW! I might have gained some weight during my week at First Circle Camp. Thank you, Jayson and Robert!!" ~Roberta Kellis
"I wanted to share with you and your team my thoughts and reaction to Life Song Adventures. When thinking of my experience what comes to mind is magical, awe-inspiring and Life changing. When I got home, I couldn't thank my wife and daughter enough for giving me the gift of Life Song for my 60th birthday. You have given something back to me that I thought I had been lost long ago, the wonder of nature and my place in it. ~Jeff Holden.
Note: Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend. Copy of vaccination card required.
- Students: adult and Teens 16 an older with parental consent - enrollment maximum ten
- Camp duration: Sunday-Thursday
- Schedule: begins on a Sunday 4:00 pm – ends on a Thursday at 12:00 noon
- Location: east of Eugene, OR
- Accommodations: camping included
- meals provided
- Equipment: a registration packet will be supplied after enrollment
- Parking: included
- Transport: see additional services for airport & bus shuttle
We reserve the right to add to or omit any of the course topics listed.
Other opportunities for wilderness survival training
We offer so many opportunities for your to train in wilderness survival. Visit our Oregon Survival School page. For weekend survival skills training.