May 23rd, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
In this 2 hour workshop learn the techniques needed to properly operate a bow drill. At the end of this course take home your working bow drill along with a bird’s nest of flash tender so you are ready to make a fire from scratch. Learning the proper techniques for operating a bow drill is a difficult task. Often just watching videos or reading online wont provide enough insight into the proper form and technique needed to get an ember ignited with a bow drill. It is much easier to learn in a class setting where instructors can help guide you in the right direction and give you feed back on your form. Nothing beats real time instruction when learning a task like the bow drill Register Today!
September 26th, 2020
9:30am – 2:30pm
Trail Blazer Survival School is hosting a fall edible and medicinal plants class at our campground in Union, SC. This workshop is taught by Dan Whitten, Master Naturalist and former president of the Upstate Native Plant Society. Join Dan for a guided plant walk and learn to find, identify, and prepare edible and medicinal plants. Visit course registration page
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Wilderness Survival Training can be the difference between life and death. It is vital that you have quality professional training from skilled instructors to ensure your safety. Our approach is to give you the tools needed to survive and thrive in any situation. Click Here to Learn More!
Trail Blazer Survival School is the ultimate summer camp destination in the Greenville, South Carolina area. Drop your kid(s) off at our office in Simpsonville (Five Forks) where they will be transported to exciting places to learn new skills, and then be returned for you to pick up. Due to the nature of our training students must be 10 to 14 years of age. Click Here to Learn More!
We host regular workshops every month to include survival basics, wilderness first-aid, plant walks, herbal apothecary (medicine), bowyer (bow building), pottery, meat processing, hide tanning, camp cooking, navigation, escape and evasion, and more.
The Scout Courses are designed for those who have completed both the APPLIED and ADVANCED WILDERNESS SURVIVAL COURSES. If you are ready to prove their metal and put yourself to the ultimate test by staying out in the wilderness 3, 7 or 21 days with only the 10 items in the Trail Blazer Survival Kit then Click Here to Learn More!
Why is training at a survival school important?
Hypothermia – Unable to maintain core body temperature
Dehydration – Lack of water, or inability to retain water due to the consumption of hazardous water.
Malnutrition – Failure to manage caloric intake and energy expenditure
Adequate training at a survival school essential:
With just a little survival training anyone can rely on their own aptitude to survive. The training is directly proportionate to how long you need to survive from dehydration, exposure, or starvation. In our Essential Course, you can acquire the skills to help search and rescue find you, make a shelter to protect you from exposure, and find and make water potable to drink. The perfect survival training for the typical 72-hour emergency. To learn more check out our Essentials Wilderness Survival Course
Every year thousands of hikers, backpackers, hunters, fishermen, and other enthusiasts realize that they can’t find their way back to the trailhead or the vehicle where they entered the wilderness from. Think of that moment they feel the despair tearing down into their gut. It is a soul-wrenching feeling that if you aren’t careful can cause you to panic. “Where I came in has to be right over there!” You run to it and it’s not where you entered the forest. You get hopelessly lost with no sense of what direction to get back home. This panic kills people every year! Everyone should at least take a course to help search and rescue find you and to survive until they do.
However, in some cases, you have done everything right but help hasn’t found you within those 72 hours. In 2019 a 73-year-old man got lost in the mountains of Southern California when he became separated from his hiking group. He was missing for over a week before search and rescue found him. He credits his prior military experience for his positive outcome. For most people to survive in the wilderness for a week they have to had either training or preferably experience.
At Trail Blazer Survival School our training helps you learn new survival skills by demonstrating them and then having you practice it, this equals experience. After you take the Essential Wilderness Survival Course you can take your skills to the next level from just barely surviving the minimum 72 hours it normally takes search and rescue to find you to stay out in the wilderness for an extended time, just in case you are the man or woman it takes longer to find, in our Applied Wilderness Survival Course.
The 5-day Advanced Wilderness Survival Course takes students beyond survival, and into a state of self-reliance, fully capable of living long-term in the wild with nothing but your skills. This upcoming event is specifically designed to prepare individuals with the best bushcraft skills and above all live in the wild for extended periods of time. Advanced Course Content
I took the beginner survival skills course and I loved all that I was taught. Some of the information was a refresher, but a lot of it was new. We went through many skills and were able to practice with instruction on those skills. This class is well worth the money spent and I’m excited to get into more advanced classes.
“The instructors are very informative and encouraging. They demonstrates and explains each skill thoroughly. They are knowledgeable and eager to teach, including but not limited to fire building, water procurement, shelter construction, and other survival skills.”
“I gained so much knowledge during my training. The instructors are great, and I got my first bow drill coal. This is a very professional and organized school. I wouldn’t change a thing. 100% Trail Blazer Survival!”
“I was really surprised by the basic survival course. I wasn’t sure if I would learn anything because I have been training in survival for years, but I actually learned some new skills. My goal is to make it on Alone or Naked and Afraid, and this school helped prepare me for that.”