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The Pathfinder School and Instinct Archery are sponsering a FREE Youth Archery weekend at the Pathfinder School May 18th-20th.  Check in will be Friday the 18th with activities on Saturday and Sunday. This is limited to the first 20 families and there will be a $100 refundable deposit required to reserve a spot and ensure your intent to be at the event.  Activities include archery safety, basic shooting skills, safety in the woods, 3D shooting, and the ALL NEW archery tag.  If you are interested in attending, be sure to read the Brief and Detailed Descriptions of the event by clicking here.

The Gathering; Come Learn With Us 

 The Gathering just keeps getting bigger and better!  We have added more speciality classes, an Iron Man Competition, and archery tag! 


 Come learn with us and practice your skills.  Four days of classes; how to build friction fire and shelter, trapping and tracking skills, medicinal plants, water purification, how to deal with an urban disaster, basic knots, 18th century clothing and accoutrements, tanning methods, making clay containers and blanket cloakes...Click here to see a schedule of classes.


 Come learn from the 18th Century and Fur Trade reenactors at their primitive camp.  See how they use primitive items for everyday survival.  Come learn from each other and join in the fun at the beautiful Rocky Fork State Park located just outside Hillsboro Ohio, June 1st-6th.


An Iron Man competition will be held on Tuesday.  Those interested in the competition will be competing for a custom made PLSK1 Pathfinder Knife that will be engaved & dated to celebrate the competition.  Click here to see the events of the competition.


 Special classes; bow making for adults, bow making for kidsdrumming class, and a 8 hour class, Basic and Wilderness First Aid Certification will be offered for an additional cost.

Native Drumming Class
Drumming Class $40
Bow Making Class
Bow Making   Adults $125  Kids $25
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid $30










Spring Pathfinder Gathering tickets can be purchased for the entire event ($250), or by the day ($60).  One youth (17 and under), is free per paying adult. Additional youths are $50. Ticket price includes a primitive camp site, an evening meal (except Friday), ice, fire wood, and nonspeciality classes.  Breakfast will be available for $5.00/adult, $2.50/youth. Space is limited, so click here to make your reservation.


Would you like to stay in a Yurt or in a Tipi at The Gathering?  Contact American Yurts or Native Designz directly for rental information:

  • American Yurts, 1-330-646-7247
  • Native Designz,  1-740-347-4648 

Pathfinder Hands-On Classes

Basic Class Logo  Primitive  Class Logo Advanced Class Logo 


The Pathfinder School offers 3 different hands-on classes and trainings; Pathfinder Basics, Primitive, and Advanced.  To decide which class is right for you, click on the Detailed Description tab after clicking on one of the logos above.  There you will find a class syllabus.  Most classes are held at our school location near Jackson Ohio, click here to see a class schedule, and check the Pathfinder Classes page of The Pathfinder Store as we schedule classes.  We always allow one youth to attend these courses with a paid adult, additional youths can attend for $50.     Read More...


Individual and group classes are available. The Pathfinder School offers customized classes or trainings; for the individual or family who wants to become more self reliant, to the Scout Troop, youth group, Law Enforcement, or Search & Rescue personnel, the Pathfinder School can meet your needs. Dave is also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Instructor.

SRI Available in iTunes, Kindle, and PDF Versions
SRI eBook
SRI for iPad or Kindle  $2
Self Reliance Illustrated in now available for your iPad or Kindle, and in PDF versions  Current and previous issues of SRI can be downloaded for only $2 each.
Dave's book, Survivability For The Common Man is also available in iTunes and Kindle versions for $8. In this easy to read book, Dave describes The Pathfinder System for wilderness self reliance.  He gives you basic wilderness survival knowledge; shows you the 10 peice kit or the10 C's of survivability; and discusses the techniques and skills you should have to enjoy any outdoor activity. 

Trapping & Tracking 


The Pathfinder Store has all your trapping and tracking needs.  Check out this category of our website, or click the images below for information and ordering.
Ghost Rider Snare



Conibear Trap

Conibear Trap


110 Single Spring


April Newsletter
Dave Profile Starting a Fire
Dave Canterbury
In This Issue
The Gathering
Pathfinder Hands-On Classes
SRI iTunes, Kindle, PDF
Trapping & Tracking
New Products

Upcoming Events


May 18th-19th

Youth Archery Weekend

  Pathfinder School, Jackson Ohio


June 1st-6th

The Gathering

Rocky Fork State Park,

Hillsboro Ohio


June & July Class Schedule


 New Products

For product details and ordering information, click images or links.   

Water Bottle Bag
Water Bottle Bag $20 (Bottle & Cup set sold separately)

This water bottle bag will hold either the

Titanium Spork
Titanium Spork $16
Nomadic Hunter HBT
Nomadic Hunter by Habilis Bush Tools $79
Belt Axe & Sheath
Historical Belt Axe and Sheath $46.95
Lansky Puck
Lansky Multi-Purpose Tool Sharpener $9
Lansky Rod
Lansky Sharpening Rod $20
Pink Paracord
Pink Paracord $8

 We also have black, OD, tan, and orange paracord for $7.  1000 foot rolls of these colors are available for $68.  Check out our other Paracord Products and supplies. Make your own survival bracelets and sell them for a fundraiser.   

Mora Companion F Knife
Mora Companion F Knife $14

 Check out our other

EasyKlips Pkg of 6 $9.50
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 is NOT affiliated with Camp Pathfinder, located in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.