The Mountaineers teen apprenticeship. 28-Day Survival camp for teenagers for ages, 15-17. Camping backpacking with fellow campers in the rugged mountains of northern California. 28-days of wilderness adventure and back country skills. Explore, adventure, learn, create, respect, and appreciate. Survival camp for teenagers is an excellent primer to prepare your son or daughter for the rigors of college living.
Survival Camp for Teenagers – 28 Days
Survival Camp for Teenagers
Location: northern California near Mount Shasta
Coed, ages 15-17.
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Survival Camp for Teenagers
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Camping and backpacking in the rugged mountains of northern California. This one-month summer adventure will inspire your teen with confidence, self-reliance, awareness, and increase leadership qualities.
A list of the practical skills and applications for wilderness apprentice training are:
- leave no trace
- survival shelters – modern and primitive
- water – locate, treatment and filtering techniques
- fire – modern and primitive friction fire
- wild food – plant, insect, and animal
- wild plant – medicinal and utilitarian
- navigation – map & compass
- animal tracking and nature observation
- conservation – practices and application
Experiential hands-on wilderness training and adventure
Through Mark’s hands-on, experiential training your son or daughter will develop unique and valuable practical skills that will help them face new adventures and experiences with courage, determination, confidence, and strength of character.
He or she will be able to apply these modern and primitive survival skills and valuable instruction in future studies and livelihoods. This is one of the richest, most challenging and rewarding adventure your teen will embark on in that complex trail to adulthood.
Survival Camp for Teenagers
Our Parents and Teens say it best:
“We can’t say enough about Lifesong Adventures, Mark, and his mission to introduce the beauty and challenges of nature to young men and women. Through the Lifesong camp, we saw our son become more patient, loving, and engaging. And, most of all, he walked away with countless positive memories that will last a lifetime.” ~Gerry & Angela Hays
I believe the most profound takeaways I have been given come from the people I was with, Khalil, Chris, Raphael, and Mark. They got me through this camp. Without them, I couldn’t have put so much use to the lessons I learned, and I feel my experience here was no short of magical.
I have learned to relax my body and mind. With the power of cold water to put stress and tension on the body, I realized that my own power of will can keep me relaxed and even comfortable. Now I can easily slow down, put my weight back, and relax, allowing me to receive messages and especially awareness and gratitude from the earth.” ~Carter H.
I just want you to know that I had a fantastic time up in those mountains. That sweat lodge was something else, man. The dousing at the end felt amazing, as it was the first time I felt the dousing as not stressful, it was actually relaxing the whole way through.
Of course, the sweat lodge wasn’t the only enjoyable experience there. When I got a coal from a bow drill on my own, the natural tinder fire, catching my first fish, deadfalls, these were all things that either taught me something or were pretty significant achievements for me. I thank you deeply for the many unforgettable memories that were made in those mountains. Thanks.”
“I found the experience of spending a month in the wilderness very internally cleansing. Being away from the city and my daily routine, and instead spending time in such a beautiful environment with caring people, allowed me to slow down and completely let go of all stresses. I lived in the present. Every morning I woke up full of curiosity at what the day would hold, and every evening I fell asleep content.
The longer I stayed up there, the more I appreciated the nature around me, and the more I grew to like the simple lifestyle. As I was leaving I found that all my material desires – whether for technology, a warm shower, or certain foods – had disappeared. They were unnecessary, even a burden. I would have been content sleeping on the ground and living off of polenta for the rest of my life. I would definitely recommend this experience to other teenagers with a love for nature and a sense of adventure.” ~Masha F.
“I have never had a happier summer than the one I spent as Mark’s wilderness apprentice. Those few short weeks seem so idyllic now that I can scarcely believe they happened; every morning, I swam in a pristine mountain lake, and during the day I hiked and learned with Mark in the forested hills within sight of Mount Shasta. Every night, we cooked fantastic meals in old-style Dutch ovens and sat by the coals as we watched the stars come out. I recommend this camp to anyone with a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world around them.” ~ Gabe Lewis.
“The summer I spent with Mark in his Northern California location was a pivotal experience in my life. I spent 28-days gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to thrive in the wilderness. Not only is it a learning experience, but a chance to reconnect with yourself and nature while exploring beautiful alpine lakes, meadows, and mountains. The location is spectacular and filled with healthy ecosystems. Anyone who wants to get in shape, learn how to live naturally, and experience nature and the raw elements should schedule a course with Lifesong Wilderness Adventures.”
“Mark, I want to thank you for the wonderful experience my son had during his one month outdoor survival course this summer. The relationships he developed with the other youth and with nature itself are relationships that will last a lifetime. The confidence and focus I immediately saw in him, and the increase in his maturity level, was definitely noticeable. Without a doubt he will be doing your courses in the future. I would recommend it for any child (Teen).” ~Dr. Patrick V. San Ysidro, CA
“Dear Mark, thank you again for having me at the camp.
It was a life changing experience and now I
know for sure that this is what I want to do as my career. Before I went to the camp, I was talking to a Air Force recruiter and I had taken the ASVAB and the PAST test. I was thinking of becoming a SERE specialist. That is the survival instructors in the air force if you didn’t know. Now I have retaken the ASVAB and got a really good score and I qualify for the job. I’m training for the PAST test now and I am working to get this career. The 28 days I was at the camp prepared me for anything the job has to offer. I will have a basic understanding of anything they throw at me now. Once again, sorry the email is late and thank you for having me. It was an unforgettable experience.” ~Zackary
Parents: the teen apprenticeship adventure course is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your son or daughter. Our teen wilderness 28-day survival training can best be described simply as “awesome!” Contact us for an application today and give the gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.
- Eligible Students: ages 15 – 17 co-ed
- Requirements: health practitioner’s release Contact us for an application form prior to purchasing camp.
- Duration: 28-days
- Schedule: begins Sunday at 4:00 pm – ends Saturday 12:00 pm (noon)
- Accommodations: primitive camping
- Food: yes
- Location: northern California near Mount Shasta
- Transport: round-trip shuttle service from Medford, Oregon airport, $100. Dunsmuir, CA train station, $75.00. Weed CA Greyhound bus station, Free.
- Instructors and Staff: Mark Wienert, owner-founder and head instructor; Lifesong Staff – student volunteers chose for their leadership qualities