Participants will safely use knives to carve a friction fire bowdrill kit. They will practice making fire with their kits under the supervision of their instructor. Campers will practice building primitive water filtration, cordage, and stone tools and demonstrate their uses.
Fire by Friction - Bow Drill
Join us for a week of fun, games, wandering, and survival skills. Learn the traditional and ancient ways our ancestors connected with the Intermountain West.
For campers 7-12 (exceptions made for those close to that age range). The camp is Monday-Friday, 5 hours a day, from 9am -2 pm.
Participants should come prepared with food, water, a knife, a swimsuit, and an extra change of clothes.
Our instructor Dakota and two of our apprentices, Lilah and Dylan, will be waiting to greet you.
Dakota has been teaching professionally since 2011 and has an insatiable love for nature. His passion for teaching brought him from Missouri to Utah to delve deeper into his career. He is a proud father and enjoys spending his time trekking in the old ways and practicing the skills of the Mountain Men. He believes these skills connect us to our ancestors and their hardships in a way that brings new meaning to our own lives.
Good shoes, weather apropriate clothing, a hat, and a backpack with...
Lunch and snack
Change of clothes
Swimsuit (just in case)
Personal first aid kit
Knives must be 3-7 inches long with a sheath, unless they are folding knives, in which case they need to lock when they are unfolded. We recommend this one.
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!
- Jamie Walsh, Client
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.
- Rachel von Niederhausern, Client