Survival Roundup Weekend

The Survival Roundup is a weekend event dedicated to learning and practicing survival and self reliance skills in a relaxed setting with fellow survival enthusiasts.  The Roundup is designed to present information in a classroom setting and then to give the participants the chance to practice their new skills.  The evenings provide the opportunity to socialize, share knowledge, and attend specialized night skills training.

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Roundup Topics

Around the FireSpecific topics will vary between individual Roundups depending on the season, training location, and guest instructors.  The Roundup will focus on a variety of survival and self reliance subjects.  Classes may include:

  • Fundamentals of Survival:  An introduction to the priorities of survival with discussions on each of the elements of the Survival Hierarchy.
  • Improvised Shelters:  An in depth look at building improvised shelters using common survival kit items, such as ponchos and emergency blankets, and using natural materials. Focus will be on site selection, building shelters, and understanding insulation and heat transfer principles.
  • Tarp ShelterFire Craft:  A hands on class demonstrating various fire building techniques using both modern and primitive methods. Depending on the class size and available materials, students may have the opportunity to construct primitive fire bows.
  • Family Emergency Planning:  Class will assist students in developing a personalized emergency preparedness plan for their family or group. Principles will aid them in identifying what events they should prepare for and how to manage their time and money to maximize their readiness.
  • Land Navigation:  An introduction to the art of land navigation to include map reading, using a compass, estimating distance, using channels, barriers, and offsets, and the basic principles of celestial navigation.
  • 7 Emergency Kit EssentialsNatural Navigation:  Introduction to the principles of navigation without the aid of map or compass.  Class will cover determining direction via the sun, stars, or shadows; how to read the terrain to find shelter, water, and civilization; and, how to remain oriented while traveling in the wilderness.
  • Food and Water Storage:  An in depth discussion on the subject of storing food and water for emergencies. Includes discussions on daily requirements, types of food to store, water purification techniques, security considerations, and hygiene.
  • Shooting Skills:  The Roundup may include specialized shooting classes such as firearms safety, low light shooting, or the defensive use of hunting rifles, such as lever action and bolt action rifles.
  • Building Effective Survival Kits:  Students will learn how to construct effective emergency kits using the principles learned during the Fundamentals of Survival class.  Principles will be applied to everything from pocket kits to car kits to 72-hour bags.  Students are encouraged to bring their emergency kits to this class.
  • Field Medicine:  The Roundup may include various classes on expedient field medicine, trauma first aid, and how to make and use effective first aid kits, such as the military style Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK).

Roundup Schedule

The Roundup will normally be a weekend event.  Formal classes will begin Saturday morning, however participants are encouraged to arrive Friday for optional evening classes and socializing.  Please note that the actual schedule may vary.

  • Wilcox Class aFriday
    • 5:00 PM: Campground Opens
    • 6:30: Bonfire and Dinner
    • 8:00: Night Skills Class (Low Light Shooting, Night Navigation, etc)
  • Saturday
    • 7:00-9:00 AM: Arrival, Setup, and Registration
    • 9:00-11:00: Fundamentals of Survival
    • 11:00-12:00: Lunch
    • 12:00-2:00: Class
    • 2:00-3:00: Break and Skills Application
    • 3:00-5:00: Class
    • 5:00-7:00: Dinner and Free Time
    • 7:00 +: Bonfire, Social, and Optional Night Classes
  • Sunday
    • 8:00-10:00 AM: Class
    • 10:00-12:00: Lunch and Skills Application
    • 12:00-2:00: Class
    • 2:00-4:00: Skills Application and Open Discussions


Roundup attendees will camp on site and are required to bring their own food!  Depending on the training location there may be limited rooms available.  Contact us for room availability and cost.

Training will be conducted in both field and fixed classrooms.


Participants are required to provide their own camping gear.  Specific classes may require additional equipment.  Required equipment lists will be provided to the participants prior to the Roundup.


Upcoming Roundups:

  • January 9-10, 2016 at Shots Ranch (near Kingman, AZ)
  • February 20-21, 2016 at Shots Ranch (near Kingman, AZ). 


  • $200 per person
  • $50 for spouse or additional family member
  • $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot

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