At the beginning of this course, participants will evaluate materials and projectiles for their slings. They will then assemble and create a usable reproduction of the shepherd's sling. By the end of class, participants will practice with their slings until the instructor is confident they can continue practicing safely at home.
Slings are a primitive weapon, not a Boy Scout slingshot. They are most likely a Neolithic or Palaeolithic hunting tool used by early humans.
We will be walking 2 miles along the Boise River reproducing our own slings. All fees for materials are included, and you will be able to have your sling for years to come.
We will study the history and lore of this primitive weapon and learn about the different designs and functions. After making your own sling, we will cover proper throwing and safety techniques. Please note these are not legal hunting weapons and are only to be used academically.
Erik has such passion for giving back to others to create more possibilities for youth to grow up Nature-Connected. I highly recommend getting involved with his programs and giving yourself and your children a healthy foundation in a balanced relationship with the Earth.
- Rick Berry, 4 Elements Earth Education
Erik’s dedication to and passion for teaching are so strong. His programs are a benefit to all who attend. The quality of his work and commitment to people and their connection to the earth and skills is such a high priority.
- Karen Sherwood, Earthwalk Northwest
My girls and I started doing weekly classes with Erik two years ago, and it has been a favorite time together that we look forward to each week. Whether it is cold and rainy or sunny and warm, my girls can’t wait to go every week, and we benefit from getting out in nature and fresh air. We have gained a better understanding and respect for nature which couldn’t be more needed in today's world. We are so grateful for Making Tracks!
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Making Tracks Earth Education is just what I was looking for to help me and my children learn deeply how to love and connect with nature through games and hands-on experiences. Erik teaches in such a unique and profound way that my family has gained more connection to each other, to ourselves, and to nature through taking his classes. He really makes students think and own their own learning process. We absolutely love this style of learning and everything about Making Tracks.
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