Survival Camp - Hawequas Scout Camp Ground 18-20 November 2016

Hi Everyone

It looks like we finally have some all-purpose terrain which we will be allowed to use for our survival camp which is located just east of Wellington at the foot of the mountains.

Below is a basic outline of what we will be doing on the weekend. The teachings will be in the form of practical in the field exercises; with the goal of learning skills which you will later then practice on your own or as a group. You will be both mentally and physically challenged at times and therefore you need to be prepared to be outside of your comfort zone at certain times during the weekend. This is important as it also helps you to develop the mental aptitude required in a survival situation.

Whilst you will be challenged in a safe environment, it will be up to you just how much you are willing to be challenged and this will depend on how comfortable you want to make it for yourself in terms of both the equipment/gear you bring and the level at which you choose to participate. A good balance between the two is suggested, especially is you are new to the outdoors.

Below is the draft course outline which may change in the coming weeks. I have set a start time of 18:30 so if you are unable to get to camp on time for setup you can always just setup quickly at 20:00. 

Fri 18th November
  • 17:00-18:30 Arrive and prep your camp in your own time
  • 18:30-19:00 Opening discussion and overview
  • 19:00-20:00 Discussing survival and setting priorities
  • 20:00-LATE  Braai and kuier
Sat 19th November
  • Breakfast
  • 08:00-09:45 Setting up a remote camp
  • 10:00-12:00 Water
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:30 Fire
  • 14:45-16:00 Navigation 
  • 16:00-18:00 Food
  • 18:00-20:00 Mental fortitude and survival mindset
  • 20:00-LATE Kuier and/or discuss business
Sun 20th November
  • Breakfast
  • 07:30-08:15 Remote camp pack-up
  • 08:00-9:30 Tracking
  • 10:45-12:15 Camouflage
  • 12:15-12:25 First aid and medical - brief discussion for future course
  • 12:25-13:00 Debrief and feedback
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch, pack and leave as you choose
We will be setting up camp at the main scout camp ground on the Friday night, however be prepared to carry everything you need for the Saturday/Sunday as we will not be sleeping at the main camp ground and will not return to our vehicles until the following day.
I would suggest the following items be brought to camp if you are able to get your hands on these. I have highlighted the minimum necessary equipment in blue bold as you will need these to be able to partake in all of the activities. You will need to be able to carry everything with you so you must choose how comfortable you want to be by what you decide to pack in.
Please don't let this list dissuade you from attending the camp if you don't have all of it. We can make a plan on the camp to improvise or share where necessary. To give you an idea of equipment, one can survive pretty well with just a good knife, a ferro rod and a tarp and some cordage in a pinch, especially in the good weather conditions we hope to have in early summer.
Suggested pack-list
  1. Compass
  2. Tarp/rainproof cover (should you choose to carry a tent this is fine but it will take away from your learning experience)
  3. Sleeping bag
  4. Ground mat
  5. Backpack
  6. Water carrier
  7. Knife with 90 degree back edge
  8. Ferro rod or ferro-magnesium block - these are available at stores such as Cape Union Mark, etc. Photo below.
  9. Food
  10. Camp cutlery
  11. Enough water for weekend although we will be collecting water from natural resources
  12. Something to boil water in over an open fire (alu, stainless, titanium good suggestions)
  13. Small saw
  14. Small axe
  15. Headlamp (with spare batteries ideal)
  16. First aid kit - these can be shared between people
  17. Bush tones/hunting/camo clothes if you have for the camo exercises
  18. Good hat as we will be outdoors the entire day
  19. Sunscreen
  20. Tick repellent
  21. Mosquito repellent
  22. Toilet paper
  23. Cordage such as twine, string, paracord for building/securing shelters

Ferro magnesium rod - there are many types of ferro rods with and without magnesium but I have found these to be the easiest and most reliable to use, especially when you are tired, cold and hungry.

Please email me at if you have any questions.

Look forward to meeting you all!

Doug Shadwell