Jamie Schmotzer of JW Apothecary
I grew up camping from a young age. It’s how I was raised. We went camping as a family since I was a baby, and as soon as I was old enough, I started Cub Scouts. As a teen and young adult, I kept up camping as a way to connect with people and relax. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I heard of this new word: Bushcraft.
After being introduced to the world of Bushcraft, I took the Basic Class at the Pathfinder School in April of 2015 and became friends with the man, the myth, the legend, and my friend – the one and only Jamie Burleigh, who was Dave Canterbury’s right hand man for so many years and now is the co-owner and co-founder of the Old World Alliance,a subscription based online source of bushcraft goodness and more.
At the Pathfinder Basic Class I also met Jason Hunt, owner of Campcraft Outdoors, and now, years later, I’m a Brand Ambassador for his family owned & operated business. Late 2019, at its inception, I was brought on as one of the founding instructors of the Old World Alliance, along with Jason Hunt, where I focused on family herbalism and the home apothecary.
As I wrote in my contribution to the book, Fire Cider!, published last year and written by rockstar herbalist Rosemary Gladstar & Friends (including me!), perhaps my herbal journey all started when I watched the pilot episode of the television series called Kung Fu back in the 1970’s and saw the main character, Kwai Chang Caine, pull herbs out of his haversack after walking across a desert to help him recover from the journey. Somehow that made an impact on me that still reverberates within me to this day.
It wasn’t until I delved deeper into bushcraft, however, that I began realizing that making plant medicine is simply an extension of being a woodsman, and so I gradually learned methods of preparing herbs and making home remedies. After learning how easy it really is to get the basics down, and after gaining lots more experience, I became eager to share what I had learned with other people, and that brings us to where I’m at today - helping people get started in the world of herbalism and setting up their very own home apothecary by founding JW Apothecary LLC and being an affiliate for The Herbal Academy and also for Rocky Mountain Oils.
Besides camping, bushcraft, herbalism, and being a novice Civil War reenactor (Union civilian), I’m also a musician. I started playing the piano at church when I was 12 years old, and eventually I became fascinated with Blues guitar. Up until the Covid-19 pandemic struck I could be found jamming the Blues at a local bar every Thursday night, which I found to be quite therapeutic. You can find some of my playing on my YouTube channel, which is linked below.
Additionally, I’m an ordained Anglican clergyman. I started seminary in January of 2010, graduated with an M.A. in Ministry in 2012, continued on to earn M.Div equivalency and have nearly completed a D.Min in Ascetical Theology from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. I also completed the certificate program in Spiritual Direction through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University in 2015. After four years of being the Vicar of All Saints Anglican Church in North Canton, Ohio, I began a sabbatical in November of 2019 to focus on building JW Apothecary LLC.
I created www.JWapothecary.com so that people who dig what I do have a single place to go to connect with everything that I’m up to. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me!
Links to my social media presence can be found on my website! Check out my YouTube channel, where you’ll find videos related to camping, bushcraft, herbalism, and even some Blues!
Hakim Isler teaching a martial arts class at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Hakim Isler - Elite Guard President
Hakim Isler (aka the Black MacGyver) is the nation’s premier professional African-American survival expert. A combat veteran, Isler studied at the U.S. Army’s Survivial, Escape, Resistance and Evasion (SERE-C) school before undertaking advanced survival training at several Survival Schools. He is a specialist in combat weapons, executive security, close protection, disaster psychology, and psychological operations; is trained in both asset and event protection; and is certified in emergency management, disaster mitigation, human intelligence, shooting tactics, tactical combat casualty care, and wilderness first aid.
Isler instructs at various levels, ranging from training high-level professionals in defensive tactics to teaching kids at his own dojo for 15 years (he is a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu and a Guru in Kali and Silat). The author of several emergency preparedness manuals on survival and of four books, Isler has also invented and patented survival-related products.
His expertise in survival, defense, and escape tactics within both wilderness and urban environments led to his appearances on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid and Naked and Afraid XL, FOX’s Kicking and Screaming, and Discovery’s First Man Out—not to mention The Kelly Clarkson Show. With a strong belief in supporting community, Isler has developed inner-city youth empowerment programs and is founder and president of The Soil Foundation, a wilderness therapy and survival training nonprofit.
Hakim is a primitive outdoor survival expert beginning as a student in the U.S. Army Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion (SERE) School.
After the military, he went on to receive advanced survival training at Earth Connections Survival School (VA) and has since been honing his skills around the world. He is now recognized as a world-class survival expert, the first professional-level African-American survivalist in the country – specializing in survival, defense and escape tactics within both wilderness and urban environments.
Website Link: www.Surviveuniversity.com
Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/BeVeryPrepared
Dave Canterbury - NYT Best Selling Author, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Influencer, Survival and Wilderness Skills Instructor
Dave has posted over 1900 Self Reliance-themed instructional videos on the web. He has over 750,000 subscribers worldwide and over 85,000,000 video views. He has a following of almost 2,000,000 across 4 SM platforms Dave has been published in New Pioneer, American Frontiersman Magazines, Bushcraft and Survival Magazine (Cover) and Backwoodsman (Cover).
Dave's Book BushCraft 101 is on Amazon Best Seller List and has been for over 7 years, as well as being a 2 time NY Times Best Seller and has been translated to 6 foreign languages. He has 6 other Published offerings as well in the Bushcraft Series through Simon and Schuster on Amazon and in Bookstores worldwide.
He is also a Military Veteran (1981-1988), Co-Owner of the Pathfinder School LLC in SE Ohio and has students Worldwide in this capacity he has also trained members of most LE Govt groups, as well as many Spec Ops Troops in the US Military. The Pathfinder School is listed as one of the top 12 Survival School in the U.S. by USA TODAY.
His methodology for Survival is based on what he coins the 5C’s of Survivability; these are the 5 items that have been used cross-culturally from ancient times to affect Survival. Dave is also the Co-Owner of Self Reliance Outfitters, Pathfinder Knife Shop, and Pathfinder Forge and Tool Certified Open Water Diver (PADI) Certified 6 Sigma Black Belt Certification in Advanced Search and Rescue Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified as an Expert Trapper by the Fur Takers of America.
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AlphaSixx Foster of Aplha Sixx LLC and Holistic Preparedness
Sixx Foster (known as AlphaSixx in the Preparedness and Patriot communities) and has been part of the SHTF Prepping and Survival website and Facebook team since 2016. The SHTF motto of “common sense preparedness” has highly influenced her teaching and coaching through helping folks simplify topics and discussions to be based in real life situations and circumstances.
AlphaSixx Foster and two of her kiddos cruising around Old School Survival Boot Camp in the evening after the final day in 2021.
She is a Health and Wellness Coach in-training and is launching Holistic Preparedness this year which focuses on providing even more robust educational and personal coaching opportunities for her fans and friends to help round out how to balance life and prepping as a sustainable lifestyle.
AlphaSixx with Dave Canterbury during OSS Boot Camp 2021.
Sixx - with her entrepreneur husband and 4 (homeschooled) kids – lives part-time in Indiana (urban) and Michigan (rural). Their family just recently bought their piece of land and are looking forward to building their custom butcher shop, workshop, and happy home in the coming years while gardening, raising animals and kids together with extended family next door. She is looking forward to sitting for her national boards for nutrition and health coaching this year while focusing the next school year solely on herbology.
Justin and Brittany Sandlin of Honey I'm Homestead
Last year Brittany and Justin Sandlin cut the cord and left modern society behind in late 2020. They, along with their three adorable young boys, are now living entirely off grid in a camper in the beautiful hills of southern Ohio. As Brittany puts it, they "said goodbye to life as we knew it and said hello to a hopeful, yet uncertain future!"
"Although we’ve never traveled the roads ahead of us, we knew for certain staying on the roads we already knew were only taking us to a dead end or at best, a round-a-bout of stress and grief.
Life is messy, I’m not saying the answer is as simple as packing up and moving into a camper off-grid with your family. The healing starts with bringing your problems to the forefront, acknowledging them for what they are, and then working through them.
Brittany and Justin Sandlin chatting with a 2021 Old School Survival Boot Camp attendee after one of their “Honey I’m Homestead” classes.
What makes us different from everyone else? NOTHING! We had plenty of excuses to not sell out. We could have stayed in our comfort zone and everyone would have said we did our best.
Ultimately it came down to survival. We could not and would not have thrived in life if we wouldn’t have taken this chance. And chance it may be, but the alternative was inevitably doomed. We would rather go down giving it hell than sit down and settle. What’s stopping you? Grab the one you love and forge ahead! Brittany and Justin Sandlin chose a life that many folks dream of, but are not sure they have the knowledge, skills, or stamina to embark upon successfully.
They feel the financial freedom paired with a minimalistic lifestyle has allowed them to really focus on what’s important to their family.
They find great value working closely with the land, growing nutritious food, and having quality family time. We gave up luxuries like television, high speed internet, and long hot baths, but we’ve gained a new life changing perspective and a whole new appreciation for each other!
Justin and Brittany are passionate about raising heritage breed livestock. Brittany truly possesses the ability to look at a blank canvas and see what could be. She gardens on a large scale, serves as the butcher on the homestead, and is studying various methods of tanning.
Richard Cleveland of the Earth School
Richard is the founder and director of Earth School, based near Asheville, NC. He is a former Lead Instructor at Tom Brown's world famous Wilderness Survival School in New Jersey. Richard has also trained and studied extensively with Charles Worsham, a gifted Tracker and teacher of life.
Other teachers he has studied with include, nationally renowned Cherokee herbalist David Winston, flintknapping experts Dr. Errett Callahan and Jack Cresson, as well as bowmakers Jim Hamm and Scott Silsby.
Richard teaches programs throughout the United States and has also led programs in Australia.
He has taught survival and self-reliance skills to Navy Seals and civilians alike. His Survival School has been featured on cable TV shows, local news channels and various publications. Richard has taught at The Rivercane and Falling Leaves Rendezvous and has been the lead Nature instructor at Victor Wooten’s popular Bass & Nature Camp since 2000.
During the past 30 years, Richard has taught nature awareness and survival skills to over 20,000 people of all ages. He is an avid outdoorsman, a hunting & fishing guide, writer, public speaker and a self-trained Naturalist.
Richard's Vision for Earth School is to create an environment where people can learn, share and respect the many gifts of Nature. A place to grow and explore both inward and outwardly as we each walk and honor the path of our sacred journey on this incredible planet.
Growing up in Kentucky, Roman spent every waking minute outdoors. Hiking in the woods, building forts, climbing trees, and catching fireflies were all an integral part of his childhood. He believes immersion in nature is vital for proper child development and it is every kid’s birthright to experience the feeling of Freedom in Wilderness.
Roman teaches youth to live by Wendell Berry’s motto: “The most capable is the most free.” While earning his B.S. in Cultural Anthropology, Roman focused on child-rearing practices among Hunter-Gatherers. The scientific evidence helped explain why children who can hunt and forage are more respectful, skillful, involved, and joyful. Later he pursued a Master's in Teaching with elementary authorization while creating a K-12 curriculum based entirely on earth skills and nature connection.
His past experience includes working as the Director of Education for a Children’s Museum (where he oversaw Summer Camps, Homeschool Classes, and designing educational content for exhibits) as well as teaching full-time at a Forest School (an outdoor classroom where traditional subjects were taught through Animal Tracking, Survival, and Self-Sufficiency). For the past two decades Roman has specialized in teaching kids permaculture, homesteading, nature awareness, and primitive skills. He has taught classes at homeschool co-ops, educational conferences, community centers, public libraries, city parks, primitive skills gatherings, public schools, churches, private classes, Montessori & Waldorf schools, art centers, charter schools, Native American reservations, nonprofits, festivals and various events.
When not teaching Roman enjoys spending time with his wife Ursa who runs Athena Acupuncture in uptown Athens.
Website Link: FoxTwinHollow.com
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Lehman is an Ohio State inspected beekeeper and certified queen breeder with 10 years’ experience. He is a beekeeping mentor and member of Athens County/Fairfield County Beekeepers Association.
Who the heck is this Guy!?
Why should I listen to him?
What are his CREDENTIALS!?
All of these are legitimate questions and if you are asking them, you are already proving you are smart and taking this stuff seriously.
That is a good thing.
So let me lay a few things out.
First off, I have a real job and this ain't it. In my world this is called a "hustle."
See, I work as a full time trainer for an armed government agency. Before I got that job I worked in prisons wearing a badge, a pair of handcuffs, a body alarm and a smile. As time went on, I got more stuff to wear on my belt, I even carried a gun from time to time depending on where I worked.
But that is all I can say about that. I wont say where, or what department, or what part of the country, or anything like that.
Social media policy, it is a you know what..
If you don't believe me, I don't really care and I still won't tell you any of those details because this business does not pay my bills, feed my kids or supply my retirement. If you don't want to listen to what I have to say because I am not credible to you because I won't give you my government Email Address, that's cool.
But if you take me at my word, then there are a few other things that I need to lay out.....
First, I am NOT a cop. In fact, as soon as I punch out of where I work, I get no "off duty" police powers, qualified immunity, the benefit of the doubt, any of that. In other words I am just a regular guy, with no legal or moral obligations other than any guy who works at any other regular job.
I have to have a regular old CCW license and have to follow the exact same rules as everybody else who is not a cop.
Just like you.
Except, I had to go to and still go to all kinds of cool "cop training," I had to know the law, I had to know how to fight with everything from my bare hands to a grenade launcher, I had to know how to talk to people who want to kill me and hate me on a regular basis. I had to learn how to live in a soup of stress, fear and confusion mixed in with boredom and human feces.
More importantly to you, I had to know how to TEACH people who literally worked at Pizza Hut two days before how to do all of that stuff too.
And I got about three weeks to do it.
Government training budgets, they are a you know what..
So yeah, I do a lot of training. I take extra training, more than the government gives me. I read a lot of books. I have been in my share of fights. I have dealt with the people that you don't want to ever meet on a daily basis and got into their heads and their business.
I have seen first hand how violence can devastate a man psychologically, how a violent act of a predator can cause a traumatic injury that can change a woman into a totally different person, how bad tactics can get you hurt when they are supposed to work, how a person freezes under combative stress, how the body and mind can fail in the moment of extreme violence.
I have seen the best of the best....
And the worst of the worst.
So how I train my people, what I train them and the effort I put into them, directly affects how safe they are, how to handle it and how to avoid the bad outcomes.
That level of burden falls on me.
I own it.
What I teach is what works, What I sell is what I know works. I dumped the "cool guy stuff" a long time ago. I have been taught a bunch of "cool guy stuff" that instructors use to make themselves look cool. I have used equipment that is total garbage. I have even tried to use some of it in the real world and it failed.
Believe me, it is terrifying when it doesn't work and you need it to.
I don't have time for that.
You don't either!
Don't get me wrong here, I am a pretty nice guy. In fact, most of my students report to me that I am pretty enjoyable to learn from. People even call me funny. One of my instructors told me recently, "That is one thing I like about you Jones, you can get people laughing and they listen to you and learn better because of it."
But I am intense at times. I have been told that I can be "intimidating."
But to quote Clint Smith: "You think I am scary?! I am baby Jesus compared to the average predator." I tend to agree.
And I Love you.
That sounds hokey and weird, but I love all of my students whether they are officers, teachers, high school students, Doctors, sheriff's deputies, college students, Girl Scouts or just mindful citizens. I teach them all because I love them and I don't want to see them fail when they deal with the number one human phobia, interpersonal violence.
So that is who I am.
That is why you should maybe listen to me.
Those are my "credentials."
If you don't think that is good enough, that's fine with me.
Social Media Links: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBpOuRbI5IxwJhqgWWsx-lg
Tad Lockard of Locked and Loaded Outfitters Limited
Donn Wagner of Lightning Creek Forge
A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Donn is a Master at his craft and offers Blacksmith Courses from Beginner to Journeyman level.
Donn Wagner trains in the age-old craft of Blacksmithing as seen on The Game of Thrones and Vikings and most medieval shows and pre-1840's household items. From young to old Donn has a gift of teaching his craft to them.
Donn teaching blacksmithing during the 2021 OSS Boot Camp.
He teaches his blacksmith skills in a simple and concise manner. Donn is safety oriented which is extremely important to follow instructions considering we work with high temperatures and tools. He is respectful and kind, but is not afraid to tell it like it is if someone is doing something wrong or dangerous.
Donn will have his forge roaring all day long. In his classes you will see not only how a forge and the blacksmithing tools used work, but watch touch and learn as an item is made from start to finish.
Judi and Scott Phelps at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021
Scott Phelps -of On Guard Defense
Scott is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and is certified to teach NRA Basic Pistol & Basic Rifle courses. He is also a NASP-certified Basic Archery Instructor (BAI)
Scott honorably served in the U.S. Army as a Fire Control Systems Repairer (45G), a squad leader, and Company Training NCO where he was responsible for ensuring that each soldier in the Company qualified annually with their respective firearms.
Mike Francis - Kage Dojo Owner and a Marine Corps veteran
At the Kage Dojo Mike Francis teaches Ninjutsu, among a myriad of other self-defense disciplines. He teaches realistic and practical self defense techniques, to empower and equip people to deal with dangerous and potentially life threatening situations.
Mike teaching a youth martial arts class at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
His system incorporates all aspects of fighting such as stand up striking, joint manipulation, grappling, throws, weapon techniques and defense measures. Principles behind every technique and situation are never ignored for a deeper understanding of what we do and why.
Jamie Boggs of Burning River Bushcaft
Jamie, was raised in an outdoor lifestyle. He grew up shooting, hunting, fishing, camping and trapping at every opportunity. After 20 years as a competitive shooter, in multiple disciplines he retired from competition after winning an IDPA State title in the last match he shot. He continues to teach firearm classes as an NRA instructor.
Diving deep into Wilderness Survival rekindled his love for the woods. Jamie has attended classes from major survival schools on short and long term wilderness skills, urban survival, wilderness first aid, herbal medicine, botany and wildcrafting, green woodworking, knapping, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, bow making and trapping.
OSS Boot Camp 2021 slingshot making clas.
He is passionate about learning, testing and developing new skills. He enjoys passing on these skills either in person as an Instructor at Campcraft Outdoors, through YouTube or Online courses.
If he is not working on a new skill or sitting silently in a tree stand watching a game trail, he is probably spending time with his wife of over 20 years and their two children.
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Daniel “Ox” Leathers
Daniel is a lifelong outdoorsman and veteran of the US Army. Some of his assignments included the 107th Military Intelligence Battalion as part of the Seventh Infantry Division, United State Military Observers Group – Washington at the Pentagon and he finished his military service with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Airborne (aka, the Nightstalkers). Daniel has worked as the Director of Outdoor Programs for the Boy Scouts of America in central and western Kentucky. He has also served in the hunting industry as the Regional Director for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Kentucky.
He is co-founder of Longhunter Outfitters where he worked as a river guide and all-around outdoor skills instructor. Daniel has worked as a certified Wilderness First Aid Instructor. In addition to his field experience, Daniel co-hosted the popular outdoor radio show in central Kentucky called Hunt-Fish-Shoot. Kentucky which was lived-streamed across the globe for over five years.
Daniel was also the chief writer on the show’s blog. He uses his love of history, training as a historian and archaeologist, and desire to share old world ways with others. He focuses on outdoor recreation of all kinds, but specializes in bushcrafting, primitive/historical methods and experimental/experiential archaeology.
Instagram - @ox_inthewild
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/OxInTheWild Facebook - www.facebook.com/daniel.leathers.9
Matthew Justice of Beaver Creek Woodcraft
Tree Felling And Wood Processing With An Axe Course And Woodcrafting Demonstrations
Matt is a highly accomplished wood crafter who is known nationally for not only his axe making skills but also for the highly skilled vintage American and Finnish/European axe restorations.
Justice uses a variety of quality wood species in his axe projects, including ash, birch, hickory, and Osage. The Beaver Creek Woodcraft owner/operator will be teaching how to fell a tree and process the wood with an axe. He will also have a workstation set up offering informal demos where attendees can drop in to watch and ask questions while Matthew teaches as he works.
Judi Phelps of On Guard Gun Range and Training Center
Judi holds various certifications including USCCA Training Counselor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Smart Safe Instructor & more. As a personal protection & self-defense enthusiast, Judi is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with others.
She is especially focused on teaching other women ways to prepare and defend themselves against violence and uses her ladies club “Lead & Lace” to teach them to do so.
Judi Phelps with Dave Canterbury and Michael Moran during OSS Boot Camp 2021.
Nestled in the beautiful Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio, On Guard Defense Training Center and Shooting Range is a one-stop shop for your unarmed self-defense, firearms and archery training needs.
They currently offer a 65-yard Tactical outdoor shooting range with covered firing line that supports pistol, rifle and shotgun enthusiast. Side berms and rear back stop are in excess of 20 feet. This allows shoot and move exercises, drawing from a holster, and to shoot from a variety of positions while engaging paper, steel, swinging targets and more!
The outdoor Pistol range measures 35-yards and is just a shorter version of our Tactical range without the covered firing line. A covered sitting / prep area is on range for readying your gear and having a place to relax when not shooting.
If you're into sporting clays or just want to give it a "whirl", we've got you covered! They offer a Whirlybird target thrower that launches the clays that shooters engage with 12- or 20-guage shotguns from five different shooting positions. Gun rentals available.
Eric and Shawn Seitz of Pioneer Survival Company
In August of 2016, brothers Shawn and Eric Seitz, formed
Pioneer Survival Company. Throughout their childhood, the
Seitz brothers demonstrated a passion for learning and sharing
their knowledge of the outdoors. Through their early years, both
men were heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America.
Shawn went on to become an Eagle Scout and Order of the
Arrow member. Eric continued his journey, as well, moving up
the ranks until his troop disbanded.
By harnessing these skills and values taught by the BSA, both
brothers continued to attend various seminars and events to
improve their understanding of the outdoors. Eventually, this
quest led to Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder School. While
studying at the school, they discovered a new perspective on
outdoor skills while taking various certification courses. The
friendships forged during this training further lead them to
Campcraft Outdoors and Bethlehem Outdoor College.
Mentored by author and outdoor expert Dr. Jason Hunt, Shawn
and Eric spent a few years under his tutelage. Eventually, they
graduated with a degree in Wilderness Skills and Leadership
from Bethlehem Outdoor College. As adjunct instructors, they
continue to work with Dr. Hunt’s Campcraft Outdoors and
remain closely affiliated with several instructors in the
Ultimately, the quest for knowledge and growth never ends.
Shawn and Eric continue to study and educate themselves in
various outdoor fields. The brothers are former USCCA
certified CCW and safety instructors. Furthermore, they have
taken certification courses with both the National Association for
Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the American Safety & Health
Institute (ASHI). Some of these courses included: Blood Borne
Pathogens & Basic Life Support, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and
Wilderness First Responders.
Their scope of knowledge covers a broad base including 72-hour
emergency survival to long term crisis management in a
wilderness or urban environment. Additionally, their services
focus on the fundamentals of hunting, fishing, camping,
backpacking, and homesteading. The Seitz brothers continue to
hone their skills so they can educate others in the ways of safety,
emergency preparedness, and critical thinking.
Shawn possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and
Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. Also, he earned a
Master’s degree in Marketing & Communication at Franklin
University. He retains over 23 years of writing experience in
various fields. Shawn worked as a newspaper feature writer and
radio talk show host.
Pioneer Survival Company teaching an outdoor survival class at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Eric attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received his
Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information
Technology from MTC. He follows with a successful career in
the IT field, currently working for the Ohio State University. He
has done volunteer work with several organizations in the
Central Ohio region. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, tech guru,
and an automotive enthusiast.
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Ryan Cain - Vinton County Sheriff
Randy buthcering a hog that was put down at the start class during Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Randy Yates - Butcher
Randy Yates has been butchering livestock and wild game for more than three decades. This dedicated local firefighter’s butchered hog roasted over an open flame is legendary in these parts.
Randy’s enigmatic butchering crew Shana Gambill, Sarah Rodriguez, and Bonnie Sue Campbell enjoying the nightly live music at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Yates will be butchering a hog from start to finish in his class, teaching the attendees how to complete the process before roasting what will be delicious pork prepared over an open flame right before their eyes. Randy will be assisted in his butchering class by Sarah Rodriguez, Shana Gambill, Bonnie Sue Campbell, Dave Natcher, and Arnie Rodriguez.
Sarah Rodriguez of Rod Ridge Farm, New Life On A Homestead Writer
Sarah Rodriguez is a homesteading wife and mother of five living in the southern Ohio region of Appalachia. She grew up in a homesteading and logging family. She and her husband Arnie work their 10-acre homestead together alongside their growing family. Sarah honed her self-reliance skills through 4-H and FFA at an early age and is now teaching her children to live off the land, raise livestock, and the importance of both sustainability and frugality.
Sarah butchering a turkey during Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Jay is a bushcrafter and tailor with more than 30 years experience. He has worked with all kinds of fabrics and recently opened a new shop to showcase the tents and tarps that he now creates.
Our north star is simplicity and consistency of design. We achieve this by a focusing on the essentials and expert tailoring. We take a minimalistic approach from start to finish that results in highly effective products that are not overly complicated and are not overly tailored. Consequently, the resulting gear is not over priced. This is the O.P.S.G philosophy of Elegantly Rugged Gear. The O.P.S.G. mission is to only make gear that meets this ideal balance.
Spending my childhood raised by my grandparents I was taught the “old
ways” very early in life. From how to garden and preserve your harvest to hunting and raising livestock. I had the honor to learn early in life what most wish to learn later. Many things we did I considered “normal everyday life.”
It wasn't until I was an adult that I figured out my youth was spent learning more from my elders than any book could have ever taught me. I spent a little time in the “real” world but was eventually called home to the ways I was raised. I have spent
the past 4 years growing a club in Kentucky focused on education and preparedness, working up to a biyearly camp that is education centered. I look forward to growing not only my own knowledge in the years to come, but sharing everything I have learned with anyone willing to
David Dietrich of www.getemergencyready.com
David Dietrich is a retired US Air Force officer. He was a military pilot, intelligence
officer, and strategic planner. David is a life-long prepper and survivalist.
David was a Boy Scout and a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over fifteen
years. He taught wilderness survival, first aid, fire and emergency preparedness.
David has taken military Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training.
He is a certified first aid instructor for Basic, CPR, AED, and Wilderness First Aid.
David also presents seminars and courses on trauma treatment, water treatment,
bartering, emergency kits, land navigation, food planning, foraging, and scavenging.
David provides his services and products through GetReady! Emergency Planning
Center. His business focuses on first aid, water treatment, food, and survival gear.
GetReady! is located at 11 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, Virginia, in Langley
Square Shopping Center.
The Heartland Defenders is a volunteer organization founded to honor and protect the constitutional values of this great Nation. We strive to accomplish this through education, training, activism (social and political), preparedness, and protecting our founding fathers vision for all Americans.
Dustin and Bobbi Hoy - Raccoon Creek Outfitters
A small Hocking Hills Region family-owned business with a premier kayak shop. In our world, if you are a friend of ours, then you are family. Our goal is to get as many people as we can to love the water as much as we do. We have over 20 years of experience in the paddling industry.
Camping and a snack shop will be available at the Raccoon Creek Outfitters venue. Paddling adventures range from one and a half to three hours.
Ryan Lehman and Sean Mclaughlin
Our beekeepers have many years of combined experience. Sean is also a retired state trooper.
Sean at OSS Boot Camp 2021.
Randell hanging out at OSS Boot Camp 2021.
Madison Poole of Bombproof Bushcraft
Madison Poole grew up in rural Ohio and is the owner and operator of BombproofBushcraft.com and the Bombproof Bushcraft Youtube Channel. She is an avid outdoors woman that has a passion to teach and share the knowledge she has obtained from attending several prestigious survival schools and from her own experiences in the woods. While not claiming to be an expert in anything she is well versed in outdoor living.
Madison teaching a survival knots class at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Her skill sets cover a wide range of topics. Madison is a 4 year veteran of the US Army (1993-1997) where she served in Colorado and Alaska. There she honed her skills in cold weather survival, mountaineering, land navigation and cold weather shelters. If you know anything about Madison you know she is high energy, entertaining and keeps the good information coming.
About 2014, Madison started her journey into learning the art and science of being outside. Her mind was blown and her life’s path was forever changed when she started attending classes given at the Pathfinder School and The Appalachian Bushman School. She started attending gatherings, networking with people, and constantly learning new skills.
Jeff Smith - The Everyday Prepper
Retired USAF Security Specialist with over forty years’ experience in security/law
enforcement in both military and corporate settings. Currently a security specialist/active
shooter instructor for an international company. Air Force experience includes Ground
Launched Cruise Missiles, Air Base Ground Defense, Emergency Services Team and
Patrol Base Operations. Trained survivalists in the mid ‘80’s and have been interested in
preparedness ever since. Instructs classes in basic preparedness, map and compass,
getting home and tools for after the grid goes down.
Wildland Firefighter, Wildlife specialist, and Technician for Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District. He is an avid outdoorsman and a volunteer youth archery coach in Vinton County.
Dave hanging out in the vendor market after teaching at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Donna and Chuck Dailey
Chuck and Donna have been living and working an entirely off grid homestead for over seven years. Both are medical professionals. Donna was a nurse and Chuck, in addition to being a veteran, has worked as a respiratory therapist in the emergency room, ICU, and the Covid ward. Donna is an accomplished goat keeper. Her homesteading expertise extends to poultry birds, as well. She has been known to knock the occasional hawk out of the sky with her bear hands when her flock is threatened.
Chuck and Donna taking a much needed break after milking goats and teaching about aquaponices at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Shantelle helping Donna teach a canning over a campfire class at Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
Shantelle and her retired Ohio State Highway Patrol husband Sean, have been living and working on a nearly 100 acre farm for well over a decade. Shantelle is an avid proponent of essential oil use and has amassed a myriad of self-taught herbalist skills with these potent gifts from Mother Nature.
Jon Wemmer teaching a colloidal silver class at Old School Survival Boot Camp in 2021.
The good folks from Heartland Defenders manning their popular patriotic T-shirts and gear booth after teaching a class about American rights and freedoms at OSS Boot Camp 2021.
Mary Elizabeth Williams
Mary Elizabeth Williams helping out in Hakim Isler’s booth during the 2021 OSS Boot Camp. This year she is teaching brain tanning hides and a make and take class.
Diane Upton Shires
Dianne is an accomplished wildcrafting author, certified forager and certified mushroom forager.
Deb shown teaching OSS Boot Camp folks how to milk a goat and raise them during Old School Survival Boot Camp in 2021.
Deb is a Jill of all trades and a master of many. She and her veteran husband Mark have been working their homestead for many years - while taking “breaks” to teach courses at On Guard Defense and getting HAM certification.
Jamie has been in the Vinton/Jackson County area since moving to the area as a child with her family. She spent a few years away after joining the Air Force in 1998. When her enlistment term was finished and she was unable to reenlist due to health issues, she chose to come back home to southern. She enjoys learning many new things that can help her and her family become more self-reliant. She says she is an eternal learner. Woods-Childers is also a local 4-H leader.
Bill Carpenter of Bible and Bushcraft
Sarah with her wonderful husband Clayton and adorable son, Dodge.
Sarah and her veteran husband Clayton recently relocated back home in Ohio - escaping the craziness and uncertainty of living in a large city. She is an accomplished educator who has in recent years been focused on STEM style teaching using a garden as an extension of her classrom to infuse more natural living skills into the young minds she was tasked with instructing.
Chris McDaniel - Woodworking McDaniel Style
Tad Lockard - Lock and Load
Professor Robert Owen
Brea Miller - Miller’s Natural Living
Brea is a work from home homeschooling mother of three. She operates Miller’s Natural Living and strives to educate others about the potential dangers in commercically manufactured cleaning products, candles, and basic hygiene items - while creating those same products naturally for her family.
James Miller - Miller’s Natural Living
James is the other half of Miller’s Natural Living. His skills focus on the outdoor realm. He is an avid primitive bow and arrow maker who enjoys learning about the history of how hunting and self-defense items were made … and why.
The Sodbusters are a unique acoustic blend of American musical genes ranging from crooning country to twangin' rock & roll, swingin' jazz to rootsy folk; singer/songwriter originals to traditional standards.
Dan Daily singing on the stage during Old School Survival Boot Camp 2021.
They approach their music with an exuberant energy, a spontaneous attitude, and a novel freshness. Hailing from Southeastern Ohio, and fronted by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Dan Daly, harmonica virtuoso, John K. Victor, and upright bassist, Mark Lewis. Their music invokes their rural surroundings, traditions, folklore, and convictions.
Rick "Herbie" Herrold and Tami Dougan
Old School Survival Boot Camp is proud and honored to announce that Rick "Herbie" Herrold and Tami Dougan will be the entertainment headliners during Saturday evening festivities. Camp attendees will be able to relax and enjoy some amazing live music after an eventful day of hands-on self-reliance classes.
Herbie with Old School Survivor Boot Camp operator Bobby Dodrill
Herbie has been delighting crowds in the region for decades with his classic rock and a little bit country guitar playing and singing. When Herbie and members of his old band got together for one last time in a Zaleski bar a few years ago, they played to a standing room only crowd in what surely felt like 100 degree heat - yet none of the sweat-drenched fans wanted to leave even when the lengthy show finally ended.
Herbie and Tami are long-time friends and make great music together across several genres. The Old School Survival Boot Camp attendees are in for a real - and very rare treat when they take a public stage together to play for the crowd.
Tara Dodrill - Old School Survival Network
Tara is the publisher of the Old School Survival Network and operates the Old School Survival Boot Camp alongside her husband, Bobby. She is a published self-reliance author and homesteading journalist.
Dodrill operates Old School Survival Boot Camp along with his wife, Tara. He is a semi-retired real estate appraiser, retired volunteer McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Captian, and former local elected official.
Tim Evans - Official Old School Survival Boot Camp photographer
Jay McCann - Official Old MC
OSS Boot Camp campground guru - this is the man to find when you check in or have an issue.