Mountain Survival Summer Camp - Utah County

Start: 08/07/2023 - End: 08/11/2023
August 7-11th, 9a-2p.
Hobble Creek, Springville, Utah, USA
Everyone belongs in nature; take some time with us to enjoy your summer break and learn some cool skills.
Buy @ $180

Course Objectives

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. Participants will study tracking, birds, plants, and other ecological cues to better understand and connect with their environment.

Skills Taught

Knife Safety

Fire by Friction - Bow Drill

Stone tools


Water Filtration

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About the Course

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 ages 7-12 (exceptions can be made for campers who are close to that age range). The camp is Monday-Friday, 5 hours a day, from 9am - 2pm.

We will be meeting at the Hobble Creek parking lot. 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.

Meet Your Instructor

Dakota Shaffer

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.

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Additional Information

What to Bring

Good shoes, weather appropriate clothing, a hat, and a backpack with...

Water bottle

Lunch and snack




Change of clothes

Swimsuit (just in case)

Personal first aid kit


Mora Knife

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.


Making Tracks has a community of passionate educators and learners. Our apprentice position offers students an avenue to transition into a leadership role. In this case we have two of our long-term teen students, Lilah Reynolds and Dylan Davis, volunteering to assist Dakota in his summer camp. Lilah excels at stealth and awareness games and Dylan brings a contagious amount of enthausiasm to any skill he practices. We are happy to provide them this opportunity and grateful for their service. We look forward to seeing what type of instructors they will become in the future.

Communications via Discord

Once registered, we will email you a link to our Discord server, where you will receive any updates about the camp.

Course Location

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