Wilderness Survival Training can be the difference between life and death.

Our Survival Workshops are designed to give people who are unable to take a week or whole weekend off the opportunity to attend our Wilderness Survival Course for a partial day Saturday or Sunday.  These workshops consist of Sheltercraft, Firecraft, Water Procurement, Foodcraft, and Tools Class.

Check out our upcoming events or contact us to schedule a workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Trapping Workshop


March 14th, 2020
8am to 5pm

Trail Blazer is excited to host the upcoming trapping workshop taught by guest instructor David Schuppert. David is an expert trapper, hunter, and fisherman who has taught a variety of wilderness courses in Nova Scotia. This course will teach a variety of trap sets both modern and primitive. Participants will receive hands on instruction in the use of steel traps, snares, and deadfalls along with various trapping gear and tools. This course will also cover how to scout an area for the best locations to set a trap and how to identify animal signs. For more information visit the Trapping Workshop page.

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Camp Cooking

April 25, 2020 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

*Private classes are available upon request with a minimum requirement of 4 participants.

Learn to cook several different meals perfect for a variety of camping situations. Participants will work their way through a series of meals and cooking styles from bare bones primitive survival cooking to “glamping” at the park. While your meals cook do activities that teach the basics of building a proper cooking fire from a single spark and create cooking utensils from scratch. Learn to make amazing meals whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail, spending the night with your family at a state park, or surviving alone in the wilderness. This course is informative, exciting, and fun perfect for anyone wanting to hon their survival skills, have a fun evening with friends, or become a better chef. You are guaranteed to impress your friends and family on your next trip into the wild. Course Page

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Bow Drill Workshop


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

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Edible and Medicinal Plants Class


Date: Fall 2020
Class Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Trail Blazer Survival School will be offering an edible plants class at its Union, SC campground location. A Dan Whitten, former president of the SC Native Plant Society will teach participants how to find, identify, and the use of native SC plants found during a wood walk.  Those in the Greenville area for a small fee can register to ride to our Union camp in Trail Blazer’s 14 passenger bus. The bus will depart from Simpsonville, SC at 8:30 am and return at 3:300pm. The class will begin at 10:00 and end at 2:00. This course will be very interactive and informative including hands-on instruction with the wild plants that grow on Trail Blazer’s property.

Follow the link above to register Class begins at 10:00 AM at Trail Blazer’s Union Campground located at 1103 Jeter Cemetery Road Union, SC 29379

For those who registered for the shuttle, the Trail Blazer’s Bus will depart from Admin office located at 205 Batesville Rd., Suite 2 Simpsonville, SC 29681 at 8:30 AM

Bug Out Workshop


Coming Spring 2020

Class Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Travelers Rest Library

Trail Blazer Survival School will teach you how to assemble an expertly researched bug out bag that will include the items you need for a variety of emergency or survival scenarios.  The class will be held at Park Place Children’s Center’s meeting room in Simpsonville, SC.  Course Content


Cookcraft3Camp Cooking

Learn primitive and pioneer cooking methods.

This course teaches you how to properly handle meat to avoid cross-contamination, process wild game (fish/small animal), different cook methods to include: coal cooking, ash cakes, stone cooking, stone boiling, mud bake, cooking stands, Dakota fire pit, dutch ovens, and much more.

4 hours $49.00 pp


Learn to correctly read a map and compass, and terrain associate.

This course teaches the basics of navigation with and without a map.  We will go over map and compass reading, taking bearings, terrain association, pace counting, navigation techniques, natural navigation methods, and more.

4 hours $49.00 pp

trapSurvival Trapping & Food Procurement

Learn modern and primitive trapping along with various other food procurement methods.

This course teaches you dozens of different primitive traps and trigger mechanisms. Students will learn how to use and build multiple hunting implements.  We will also cover how to cook wild game and identify wild edibles.

4 hours $49.00 pp



Learn to identify animal tracks and determine size, weight, and gate of an animal.

This course teaches you the principles of tracking to include, print identification, substrate analysis, animal habits and habitats, nature awareness, how to use a tracking stick, types of animal sign and how to distinguish them.

1 Day Course $99.00 pp

Other available workshops upon request:

wilderness survival
wood carving
first aid
search and rescue
Indian lore