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The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering fourth through sixth grades; one week for students entering seventh and eighth grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children ages 12 or older.
Rourke McDermott will run the new camp titled, “Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills,” from June 6-9 in the Jemez Mountains.
Participants will learn skills including primitive fire making, shelter building, making ember bowls and spoons, wild crafting (finding and eating edible wild plants), hunting with throwing sticks, traps and snares, making cordage, locating and purifying water primitively, weaving baskets, making primitive pottery and primitive camouflage.
The weekend will be packed full of demonstrations and hands-on lessons, with plenty of time to perfect new skills. It will conclude with night survival games.
McDermott taught last year’s Medicine Hawks’ Mountain School program for PEEC, and is an expert in primitive and wilderness survival skills. He is also an Eagle Scout and has taught survival skills through the Boy Scouts, Camp Shaver, the Valles Caldera National Preserve (where he holds his day-job), the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, PEEC and Jemez Pueblo. Some of McDermott’s friends and relatives, who are also skilled instructors, will join him in teaching the camp.
PEEC’s Nature Odyssey (for fourth through sixth graders) in the Rio Grande Valley, will be June 10-14 and Nature Odyssey in the Valles Caldera will be June 24-28. The Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) for students entering grades seventh and eighth will be June 17-21.
Registration for all the camps will open in March and the camps usually fill quickly. PEEC hopes again to be able to offer scholarships on a sliding scale based on income. To be added to a list for notification when registration opens, email SOAP@pajaritoeec.org, or call 662-0460.