What is the Teen Survival Camp?
Survival camp for teenagers is a 14-Day coed nature immersion adventure for youth ages, 14-17. Camping, hiking, bush craft, primitive skills, shelter building, nature-based mentoring in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. 14-Days of wilderness adventure and backcountry skills. Make new friends, explore, discover, create, respect, and appreciate.
A Parents Testimonial:
My two boys who are now aged 16 & 17 have been going to Mark's camps for about 2 years now and have loved each one of them. They come home filthy dirty, wide eyed and full of great stories. They've learned so many things from Mark, and they want to go again for two weeks this up coming summer!
I think the kinds of things Mark engages kids in is so much healthier than some of the stuff they might otherwise do, like listening to their iPod or playing a simulated computer game. I would prefer my boys go learn about nature, how to take care of themselves and others and be part of a team.
They seem safer to me, when they're learning about how to use a knife, or which plants can be eaten, than learning which key to punch:) I know when my kids come back after one of these camps, they're full of themselves in a good way. They seem happy and engaged and can't wait to talk about what they've done and accomplished. ~Leslie Lamb
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!”
Graduate 28-Day Teen Apprenticeship in northern California.
“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 thrived at LWA’s 28-day apprenticeship survival training.
The Sacred Hunt
I'm Ready for New Friends and Adventure!
Water and Hydration
“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.“
Nolan, discovering a new type of bow drill spindle wood – 28-day Teen Apprenticeship
I'm Ready for the Challenge
Zack, having too much fun. If that’s possible.
Movement and Awareness
Leave No Trace
Survival Camp for Teenagers - 14 Days Empowering Lifelong Skills
Survival camp for teenagers is a 14-Day nature immersion adventure for youth ages, 14-17. Develop personal strength while camping, hiking, bush craft, primitive skills, shelter building, nature-based mentoring in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. 14-Days of wilderness adventure and backcountry skills. Make new friends, explore, discover, create, respect, and appreciate.
More Parent and Student Testimonials
Experiential firsthand wilderness training and adventure
Through Mark's firsthand experiential training, your child will develop unique and valuable living skills. Skills that will help and support them as they embark on that uncharted trail to adulthood.
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."
The relationships he developed with the other youth and with nature itself are relationships that will last a lifetime.
"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
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Grub Time and Survivor Meals
Parents, you'll be happy to know that we serve healthy, mostly organic, filling, and satisfying savory meals for your teen. That is not to say they will eat familiar foods. After all, to fully experience living the wilderness way. Our food may not be like your normal fair.
A typical meal may include:
PB & J Wraps
Gorp (a mix of dried fruits and nuts)
Main Meals (Mostly prepared in a dutch oven):
Veggie Stir Fry
Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread
Bread on a Stick
Home Made Biscuits
Treats & Snacks
Sweet Potato Pie
Fruits and Nuts
Dutch Oven Brownies
Optional Wilderness Meals:
Survivor Stew (A mix of below)
Insects (pine bark beetles, ant larva, ants,)
Grasshopper Topped Pizza
"The Experiential Learning Theory defines learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience”
Days alternate from In Camp Learning. To Field Training Hiking, swimming, wildlife tracking.
An example of a day at Camp:
Morning Round up 7-am
Reveille. Take a Walk to limber our bodies, buddy system, learn how to stay found. Get to know camp.
How's Everyone Doing? Discussion. Safety Talk with Students and Staff.
Breakfast - 45 minutes
Lecture and Demonstration (Skill(s) for the Day)
Bow drill construction-use
Carve with your knife
Create Your Bow Drill
Start on next Skill/Project/Adventure
Emergency Fire Craft Application and Safety
tree & plant tinder
Learn fire for all conditions
Construct a fire lay
Plants and trees
Fire craft covers lots of information. Lessons and practice continues through the afternoon.
Dinner Break 1-1-1/2 hour
Evening Community Time
Getting to know one another
Discussion of the days activities
9pm fall into exhausted sleep
You're a Valuable Part of the Camp
We have taught more than 25 teen camps. From 1-week to 28-day wilderness immersions.
Here is what we experience.
This is a small group event, no more than 12 people per 14-Day Camp
Teen camp is based on helping and supporting one another
All students start with a common goal of learning survival
It takes a special and unique person to attend these events. Which makes this outdoor camping adventure all the more fun.
It is our observation that teens quickly bond and support each other at camp
Everyone is of different age groups and have different histories. All ages 14-17 are welcome
There are no stupid questions
No macho stuff, bullying, or rudeness
Everyone has an opportunity to get to know each other, and often times develop close bonds
Our students come from various countries: Scotland, Denmark, Tibet, Ukraine
and from the US: Mostly from California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina
Live Closer to the Earth and in Harmony with Nature
There is a sense of romance in nature, but if you've never been out in the wilderness before, it is common to be apprehensive. We have helped many people through the beginning discovery of wilderness exposure. We cover animal behavior, including the large predators, and how to keep yourself safe. Soon you will experience the peace and simplicity of the forest. Learning self-sufficiency in a survival situations will ease your fears and give you confidence.
Our training and experience will help you:
Lose the fear
Here are some Favorite Lessons from the Survival Camp Experience
How to make a fire without even matches.
All the different kinds of wild plants you can use for food or medicine.
How to make fire, rope, and even my own shelter from what’s available.
If I was alone in the wilderness, I know could I feed and shelter myself.
I learned that everything I need to survive is already out there.
Our teen adventure is an investment in your child's health and well being. An opportunity for your child to reap the rich dividends of life lived with new friends and great experiences!
We enjoy a high staff to student ratio.
An experience that is best described as “awesome!”
Please contact us or fill out our online Teen Summer Camp Application today and give your child the gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.
Eligible Students: ages 14-17 co-ed, fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Requirements: health practitioner’s release
Schedule: begins Sunday at 4:00 pm – ends Saturday 12:00 pm (noon)
Accommodations: primitive camping
Location: east of Eugene Oregon
Transport: round-trip shuttle service from Eugene , Oregon airport, $100.
Instructors and Staff: Mark Wienert, owner-founder and head instructor; Lifesong Wilderness Adventures Staff – student volunteers chosen for their leadership qualities
Dear Parents and candidates for Lifesong Wilderness Adventures, Survival Camp for Teenagers.
Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is a professional outdoor adventure company that I began in 1994. We teach real wilderness skills in a real outdoor setting. Our teen adventures are a combination of wilderness survival skills, nature awareness, hiking and camping and were all about fun, adventure, learning, support, and positive reinforcement.
What we are not
We are not a bed and breakfast, a motel, or leisure inn and we do not cater to students wants but offer them an opportunity to put their best foot forward, be responsible, respectful, and supportive of camp and engaged in all activities. We are not a boot camp, a religious organization, or a therapy camp. We are a nature-based adventure company specializing in adventure, wilderness survival, fun, nature awareness, and bush-craft skills.
Though we are not in a true survival situation at camp of course I treat all our activities like we are. We consider each action and the repercussions it may have to the individual and group. If one of us suffers from sunburn as an example, it affects not only the student’s ability to participate in group activities, but that of the whole camp.
A simple knife cut could result in a trip to the hospital, not washing their hands properly after going to the bathroom could result in contamination and illness for the whole camp. All students are trained in the proper protocol of all activities at camp thus insuring a fun and safe experience for all.
Chores and supporting camp
Yes, we have chores at camp. We have water to haul, dishes to do, kitchen and general camp clean up every day. All participants are required to participate in helping with chores and keep a clean and organized camp. We all pitch in together to help give everyone more time for adventure, learning, and fun.
Important: If your son or daughter leaves camp for any reason without permission or knowledge from me or staff, parents and or legal guardians will be contacted, and the camper will be removed from camp. No exceptions.
A student leaving the camp area without express permission and without an accompanying staff member puts everyone at risk. Thank you for your compliance.
Our volunteer staff corps is both adult and teens who have attended more than one camp with us and are hand-picked by Mark Wienert for their great attitude, maturity, communication skills, self-motivation, responsible behavior, and skills.
These incredible people give their time and support unselfishly to help make camp run smooth and to help make your teens experience the best possible. We ask that your teen treats our staff as they would expect to be treated themselves.
Thank you. We look forward to have your son or daughter join us at camp.
Mark Wienert and LWA staff.