Doe Camp is a series of seasonal skill development weekend retreats open to women of all ages and abilities – from youthful 18-year-old daughters to sprightly great-grandmothers. Each woman signs up for four skill development workshops throughout the weekend. With the support of Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife and other Vermont outdoors based organizations we offer Doe Camps for two seasons: Winter and Fall.
Doe Camp provides educational and skill-building programs in virtually all outdoor activities, including archery, firearm safety, hunting skills, fishing, horseback riding, orienteering, GPS, canoeing & kayaking, snowshoeing, search & rescue, wildlife photography, snowmobiling, ATV safety, rock climbing, winter camping, wilderness first aid, self defense, mountain biking, wild medicinals & edibles, forestry and more.
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What are the basic needs of a person in a survival situation, and what are the most essential skills they should know? Come find out and learn them to ensure you and your loved ones make it out of an ‘excursion gone wrong’ safely. Not only will you learn and get a solid understanding of what to do when things go wrong in the back-country, we’ll also have a lot of fun. In this class we’ll cover things like knife sharpening, essential knots, making shelter, finding water, and making solid survival kits for every occasion. Bring a knife to sharpen, if possible, and any gear you have questions about or would like to practice with. Max 14 participants.
March 10, 2:00 - 6:00 PM Get Knotted: Knots for Life and Survival
If you’d like to look like a wizard when a piece of rope finds its way into your hands, this is the class for you. Come ready to learn a wide assortment of knots, hitches, and lashings for a variety of purposes. We’ll practice all kinds of skills that require knots: lashing poles to trees, moving safely up and down a climbing rope, making a tripod/quad-pod, building shelters, etc. Knots are awesome and powerful tools to add to a repertoire of solid survival skills. Max 10 participants.
So you’ve got it - you can take and follow a bearing. You know how to read contour lines and are getting better at reading the landscape via your map. Now let’s take you up a notch. Let’s get out there and practice the skills - then add a few more. We’ll practice triangulation to figure out exactly where you are, movement techniques so if you find yourself off trail you can stay safe, and a variety of natural ways to find direction and get from point A to B. Please have a good handle on the basics of map and compass use before taking this class to get the most out of it. Max 10 participants.
Come dive into the world of fire! We’ll explore things like how different woods burn and why; how to find dry wood in various weather; what natural and man-made tinder is available and ways to ignite them; the stages of fire; the uses of fire; different fire lays for various purposes; and so much more. Max 10 participants.