1978 Ahwahnee Survival Camp
Revised Schedule


  1. Staff will greet scouts at main camp. Staff uniform will be fatigue pants, dark green scout shirt, neckerchief, and boots.
  2. Upon arrival (about 2:00pm) the scouts are greeted and informed they may wish to start carving their spoons while they wait for the others to arrive.
  3. After everyone has arrived the scouts have their medical rechecks. (This is often as late as 3:30pm.)
  4. Upon arrival at the Wilderness area the scouts will weigh in, turn in their extra clothing, and be instructed on what to do in case of fire.
  5. Scouts will receive a brief orientation-of-the-area and what-to-do-if-you-get-lost session at the session area.
  6. The scouts will then be taken to the hogan area where they will divide themselves into 4 groups of 5. Each group will then be assigned to an area and they will build their shelters.
  7. While one of the staff divides up the food for dinner, the director goes around to each group and demonstrates how to start a fire using battery and steel wool. Each scout in that group then starts a fire in this manner. (One fire is left burning for cooking the evening's meal.) The director gives a handbook to each of the scouts and signs off the fire in that part of the skill award list. Each scout is given a leather skill award strap and the branding process is explained. As each group is finished one of the scouts goes for food for his group.
  8. In the evening there is an informal, get-to-know-each-other, answer-any-questions campfire. Manzanita tea is served and the staff shows a modifed version of Bunny Foo Foo to ease tensions about tomorrow.


  1. No breakfast Monday morning.
  2. In the morning the scouts are given a card indicating what equipment they will need for the day.
  3. Morning instruction begins at 9:00 and includes setting up a twitch-up snare and piute and figure-4 deadfall traps.
  4. Each group is given a compass course to follow. This represents a guided discovery in compass use. All four courses are different but all lead to the same point.
  5. At the end of the course the scouts will meet the staff with the rabbits. The scouts are taught how to skin the rabbits. (Staff demonstrates with one rabbit only so they are free to help scouts.)
  6. Hides are stretched out and brain-tanned on the spot. (Fryer rabbits have less fat than stewers and are easy to tan at once.)
  7. Scouts are shown which part of the meat to cut off for jerky.
  8. Food is issued to each group after entire group has finished the rabbit kill. Scouts are issued salt and pepper and told to hang the jerky in their area. Suggest smoking the meat. May cook rabbits now for early supper. (By now it is usually 12:00-1:00pm) Tell scouts how long food must last.
  9. In the afternoon the scouts are issued flint and steel kits. They are instructed on how to prepare charred cloth, make a tinder nest, and start a flint and steel fire. The remainder of the day is spend on flint and steel fires.
  10. No evening instruction. (Suggest find something to teach them. Perhaps a slide show if electricity is available.)


  1. In the morning the scouts are given a card indicating what equipment they will need for the day.
  2. Morning instruction begins at 9:00 and includes what-to-do-if-you-get-lost, finding direction without a compass, and fire-by-friction. (This mornings session on Lost is more detailed than Sunday evening's session. That session should be short and apply strictly to the immediate area.)
  3. The remainder of the morning is spent practicing fire-by-friction and sewing possible-bag.
  4. An edible plants walk is taken prior to afternoon session.
  5. Afternoon instruction (2:00pm) includes hypothermia and dehydration. Use the brochures "By Nature's Rules" and "The Thermal Wilderness" and include readings from "Hypothermia: Killer of the Unprepared", by T.G. Lathrop, M.D.
  6. In the evening (7:15pm) hike to main camp, see both films, and give the scouts the opportunity to swim and shower.


  1. In the morning the scouts are given a card indicating what equipment they will need for the day.
  2. Morning instruction begins at 9:00 and includes survival kits, firestarters, fire bed, water purification, solar stills, and first-aid carries.
  3. The remainder of the morning is spent passing off skill-awards.
  4. The afternoon (12:00) is spent rappeling. Prior to leaving camp, teach how to tie a swami belt and have each scout tie it on himself at least once.
  5. Most scouts spend the evening preparing ash cakes for hike.


  1. Up at 5:30am for 20 mile hike. Scouts may bring anything except blankets.
  2. During the hike the scouts will have the opportunity to learn about any of the plants they haven't already seen.
  3. The scouts will spend the night alone on solo. Separate them for each other upstream beside Deep Creek, beginning at Valley of the Dead Giants (staff shelter).


  1. Pick up the scouts in the morning (9:00am) and continue upstream and back to camp.
  2. Back at camp scouts are allowed to rest.
  3. One of the staff will heat rocks for sweat lodge.
  4. In the afternoon (4:00) one of the staff demonstrates the chicken kill. The scouts are then left alone to do own.
  5. After dinner (7:00pm) there is an Indian-type sweat.
  6. Each scout is asked to fill out a course evaluation.
  7. We will have a closing ceremony welcoming each of the scouts into the Tribe of Ahwahnee Mountain Man.


  1. No breakfast.
  2. After packing up, course director inspect each area. When all areas are clean the group hikes to main camp (8:30am). Trading Post will usually be opened early for survival camp scouts. Pool will usually be available at 9:00am.
  3. Scouts are presented awards at 10:00 ceremony.

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