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Primitive Skills Camp, August 12-15

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Name: Primitive Skills Camp, August 12-15
Date: August 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
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Event Description:


In this uniquely challenging camp, participants will learn how to:

  1. Sail on Lake Tahoe
  2. Blacksmith with expert craftsman
  3. Orienteer with compass
  4. Archery using Genesis compound bows

On crystal blue Lake Tahoe, campers will sail on our new fleet or RS Zest sailboats – that are durable, fast and fun for all ages. Your child is required to know how to swim for sailing and water activities. 

Campers will learn to read weather and wind, boat basics, points of sail, helm control, sheet-work, knot tying and self-rescue and race techniques. Returning campers will learn more advanced race tactics and sail techniques, and sail in more trying conditions.  

On land, campers will learn to blacksmith using hammers, anvils and the camp forge, which heats metal to 1000+ degrees Fahrenheit. Blacksmithing is a labor-intensive practice that requires safety, patience, planning and teamwork. Campers will create usable works of art.

When not sailing or blacksmithing campers will also enjoy archery, exploration and free-play games.


Ages: 8 years old – 13 years old.

  • Note: Camp is split into a younger and older group. Here’s a rough breakdown; Group A – 8 to 10-year-olds. Group B – 11 to 13-year-olds.

Days / Times: Monday to Thursday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Where: Camp is headquartered at the Martis Valley Campus located at 9765 Shaffer Mill Rd. Truckee Ca. 96161. Blacksmithing and archery will take place at the Martis Valley Campus. Campers will sail on Lake Tahoe near Tahoe Vista, CA. Bussing will be provided between locations.

What to Bring: For the best possible camp experience, please ensure your child comes prepared with a backpack, sunscreen (applied), lunch, snack, water bottle, bathing suit, change of clothes for blacksmithing, closed toed shoes and a great attitude!

  • Note, Blacksmithing requires that participants wear pants and close toed shoes, if your child doesn’t bring these to camp they will not smith. Synthetic shirts and pants are prohibited as this material melts to skin.

Final Products: Campers will bring finished metal workshop home along with new found skills, experiences and friendships.

Capacity: This camp is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $475



Truckee Base Camp
9765 Schaffer Mill Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
Date/Time Information:
Daily Monday, Aug 12 - Thursday, Aug 15
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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