Registrations are now open for a Disaster Preparedness Bootcamp (DPB) to be held in Darlington, Maryland, just south the Mason-Dixon. This three day event will offer various workshops all intended to teach you how to survive any disaster.
Workshops will cover food storage, water sourcing and purification, basic lifesaving techniques, self-defense, communication issues, land navigation, building a fire, and alternative energy. It will also address the difference between short-term preparation and long-term preparation in regards to a disaster.
Personal weapons are not permitted at the camp however you will have a chance to test your marksmanship skills at the suppressed .22 rimfire range. If shooting isn’t your thing, you can also try the archery range. See if you can hit the target at 50 yards. Campers taking the land navigation challenge will be given a map and compass along with an objective as they travel six miles through potential enemy territory. The medic station is not just for boo boos that weekend. Instead take this opportunity to practice your lifesaving skills.
Water is vital to survival. You need water to drink, bathe, and clean but do you know how to purify the water and make it safe to drink? At the water purification oasis you will learn how to turn water from almost any source to safe drinking.
Farmville is not just a Facebook game. At the DPB you will learn how to grow your own food and maintain basic livestock. Growing your own food will not only help you in a disaster but it will also reduce your grocery expenses. You also have an opportunity to learn and enjoy fishing. This inexpensive hobby is another great food source. Rods and bait will be provided.
The boot camp will take place Friday, 4 October through Sunday, 6 October 2013 at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington. There will be a welcome ceremony Friday night followed by workshops and activities Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening there will be a guest speaker and a moonlight social.
Campers are encouraged to bring their own camping supplies and tents; however, limited cabins are also available. Campers will have the choice of preparing their meals or ordering through the cafeteria. There will be food, beverage and merchandise vendors available throughout the event. The event is a rain or shine event.
Camp Ramblewood offers 200 scenic acres of woods and meadows and trails as well as an Olympic size swimming pool, pavilions, basketball, volleyball, tennis courts, and public showers. From the Lancaster area, take Route 222 south from Quarryville across the Conowingo Dam. Take the first left after the dam on Shuresville Road. Go .8 miles and make a left on Silver Road. Follow that road to the campgrounds on the left.
This is a family-oriented event. To register go to www.disasterbootcamp.com.
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