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How to register for a class is listed at the bottom of the page along with additional class information.


Jan 17th
"Survival Basics Class"



This course is designed to give the student confidence in the woods by understanding natural hazards and knowing what to do in emergency situations. The following topics are addressed: "What to do when lost", "The survival mentality", "Natural hazards and risk management", "Preventing injuries and treatment", "Camp site selection", "How to build a natural shelter", "Finding water", "Water collection and purification", "Outdoor hygiene", "How to make a fire using modern methods", "Fire building materials in the south eastern woods", "Modern survival kits", "Essential knots". Class is from 9:00am to 4:00pm with a 30 minute lunch break. After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and number of minors attending. Minimum age is 12 yrs old. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page


"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You."
Psalm 56:3 NASB
 


Jan 24th
"Beyond the Basics Class"
This course goes beyond the basics to cover "Fire making methods", "Fire making 'Outside the box'", "More essential knots and where to use them", "Signaling", "How to read a map", "How to read a compass", "Navigation in the woods", "How to capture small game- rabbit", "How to clean a rabbit", "How to catch a fish", "How to clean a fish", "How to cook and preserve meat".
Class is from 9:00am to 4:00pm with a 30 minute lunch break. Class is from 9:00am to 4:00pm with a 30 minute lunch break. After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and number of minors attending. Minimum age is 12 yrs old. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page
Feb 7th
"Cordage Class"
This course teaches the various uses of string and cord in the woods and how to make cord from natural materials. The topics covered are "Cordage material selection", "Cordage fibers from trees", "Cordage from plants", "How to make cord", "Knots for natural fibers", "Making fishing line". Making traps.After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and number of minors attending. Minimum age is 10 yrs old. Class is from 9:00am to 1:00pm   (4 hour class). See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page
Feb 24th
"Primitive Fire Making Class"
This class will teach the student how to make fires with primitive methods which includes friction fire making with the bow drill, and hand drill. A demo of flint and steel and the fire piston are included. I will teach what types of woods can be found and used in Georgia and will give individual attention to each student in making a friction fire. We will practice making  friction fires as a team and individually. Each student will receive a bow drill kit to take home. The class is from 9:00am- 2:00pm  (5 hour class). After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and if minors are attending. Minimum age is 14 yrs old. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page
Feb 28th
"Primitive Cooking Class"
This course teaches the student how to cook with only natural materials. The first class topics will include: "Cooking on a spit", "Making a clay oven", "Baking in the coals", "Frying and baking on rocks" and the "Sweet gum grilling basket". "Stone and wooden bowls", "Fire lays for cooking", "The green wood grill", and "Rock boiling". Good prerequisites for this class are the "Basic Survival Class" and the "Primitive Fire Making" class. The time is from 9:00am to 4:00pm. After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and if minors are attending. Minimum age is 14 yrs old. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page
March 14th
"Wood Craft for The Family"
This class is geared for the whole family. It is geared toward the younger ages so there is no age limit. It will teach basic survival, fire making, how to be safe in the woods, survival kits and help build confidence in the woods. This is a great class for children who are not very familiar with the woods but would like to learn about the outdoors. A good book to read before hand is "My Side of The Mountain". The class will not go into nearly the depth of the regular classes, so for the serious learners 14 years old and up I suggest the other classes. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page  

April 18th
"Preparedness and Sustainability"
This class covers how to plan, prepare and practice for economic and natural disaster. Topics include "Positive Mental Attitude", "Food Preparation and Storage" including canning, "Sustainable Resources" with a demo with chickens and rabbits, "How To Clean A Chicken / Rabbit", "Growing Your Food- with Aquaponics demo", "Practical Ways To Prepare For Power Outages", "Water Storage and Purification", "Helping Others In A Crisis". The more people you sign up, the lower the cost for your group.  The time is from 9:00am to 4:00pm. After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and if minors are attending. Minimum age is 14 yrs old. Suggest completing your knowledge with the "Trees- Plants and how to use them class." See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page  
TBA
Wood Gasification
How wood can be used to power an internal combustion engine such as a generator.
Coming this spring. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page
 
May 16th
"Trees-Plants- And How To Use Them Class"
This class covers "Gathering food from plants and trees", "Making Collection containers", "Cookware", "Preserving and storage", "Uses for plants and trees around the camp", "Uses for personal hygiene" and other camp craft."What You Can Use From The Woods", "Survival Trapping And Fishing". A good prerequisite to this class is the "Cordage Class". The time is from 9:00am to 4:00pm. After payment send me an email at jcmtnhill@aol.com with your phone number and if minors are attending. Minimum age is 12 yrs old. See "How to register for a class" at the bottom of the page  
   
     
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A CLASS
     
Three Class Locations:
FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA

Harris County, GA

Talbot County, GA


The location varies based on the lessons taught, time of year and student requests.
What to bring:

A comfortable folding chair
A knife with a fixed or locking blade
A sack lunch, snacks and drinks
Insect repellent (except fall and winter)
A pen


Please, no alcohol, profanity or pets.

The location will be Mountain Hill Baptist Church outdoor classroom unless otherwise noted.

Arrive by 8:45am to begin class at 9:00am.

Directions to the outdoor classroom: From Atlanta take I-85 to I-185 toward Columbus. Take exit 25 "Hamilton" and then turn right. There will be a four way stop about 200 feet away. At the stop sign turn left onto GA Hwy 219. At the
second church on the left, about 1.5 miles, turn into the church drive way, stay to the left and go as far back of the church as you can go to the outdoor class room.
How to sign up for a class:

Discounts are available for returning students who have already taken the class you wish to attend. Send me an email with the class you took and the year.
 
1. If the class has not been disabled in the store, you are free to sign up for the class.

2. Make payment for the class through the store using a major credit card or PayPal. This reserves your place in the class. Tip: When making multiple selections in the PayPal window, hit the "X" to close the window and return to my store to make another selection.

 

3. Download the student information form "student information form"  (for PDF version click here).

4. Fill in the form and bring to class. 

 

5. I need a contact phone number to get in touch with you if the class is cancelled and I need to know if a minor is attending and the age. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or an adult who has been given written permission to be responsible for the minor. Written permission should be mailed in ahead of time if a minor is brought by someone other than a legal guardian. Send your name and the names of all attending and the age of any minors with contact phone numbers to jcmtnhill@aol.com with the subject header "Survival Class"

 

 

Cancellation Policy - $25 cancellation fee per person.