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Rangers Apprenticeship

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Join our Rangers Guild! Train in the arts of stealth, archery, and wilderness survival.
A school-year program that teaches skills 1 weekend a month.

Rangers Apprenticeship

Make new friends while learning skills of outdoor leadership. Share in adventures with a team of like-minded peers. With dedication and hard work, an Apprenticeship can grow into a lifelong study of ancient skills:

Wilderness Survival Learn skills of shelter, fire with no matches, and wild plants while immersed in the arts of wilderness survival. Train archery and woodworking for forest craft.

Tracking & Navigation Delve into the amazing world of wildlife by practicing to become a master tracker. Hone the craft of outdoor navigation. Follow the trails of deer, elk, fox, and more.

Stealth & Invisibility Study our special Rangers stealth practice, the Curriculum of Shadows. Follow an ancient path that teaches lessons of awareness and resiliency through ecology, empathy, and leadership.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic skills. They are facilitators of growth through the power of nature and community.


How It Works

Schedule

1 weekend a month, September - May. At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert mentors. See below for dates and available schedules.

Single Saturdays - 1 Saturday per month; 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Available for Grades 1-8. The most flexibility for families.

Overnight Weekends - 1 orientation Saturday and 8 Friday-Sunday overnight trips. For overnight weekends, check in is at 6 PM on Friday, and check out is at 3:30 PM on Sunday. Available for Grades 6-12. Our most immersive experience.

Also Included: 

  • Graduation Day community picnic - Saturday May 30
  • Holiday Family Party - Saturday December 14
  • Additional optional Community & Family Events - Dates Vary
  • Monthly community skills night - 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
  • Mora wood carving knife

Tuition

Tuition is divided into 9 equal monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full in mid-August for a 5% discount.

Single Saturdays: Tuition is $1,495 ($166 per month)
Overnight Weekends- 1 Saturday and 8 Weekend Overnight Trips: Tuition is $2,475 ($275 per month)

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Ranger
  • Access to our free weekly family Skills Night gathering
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Nine skills weekends and two community gatherings
  • A frost Mora wood carving knife

Download 2019-20 Info Packet


2019-20 Class Schedule

Class happens on one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through May. When you register, you will choose your schedule from the below options. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, as we are unable to switch days between schedules or provide credit for missed program days after enrollment.  

Grade 1-8 Options (Single Days Only)

Grade 1-8: Schedule A: Saturdays

  • September 7, 2019: Field Day
  • September 28, 2019: Field Day
  • October 19, 2019: Field Day
  • November 9, 2019: Field Day
  • December 7, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • February 1, 2020: Field Day
  • February 29, 2020: Field Day
  • March 15, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 11, 2020: Field Day
  • May 2, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Grade 2-5: Schedule B: Saturdays

  • September 14, 2019: Field Day
  • October 5, 2019: Field Day
  • October 26, 2019: Field Day
  • November 16, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 18, 2020: Field Day
  • February 8, 2020: Field Day
  • March 7, 2020: Field Day
  • March 21, 2020: Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 18, 2020 Field Day
  • May 9, 2020 Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Grade 1-6: Schedule C: Saturdays                           

  • September 21, 2019: Field Day
  • October 12, 2019: Field Day
  • November 2, 2019: Field Day
  • November 23, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 25, 2020: Field Day
  • February 15, 2020: Field Day
  • March 1, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • March 14, 2020: Field Day
  • April 25, 2020: Field Day
  • May 16, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Overnight Option Schedule: Grade 6-12

Grade 6-12: Schedule B: Overnights 

  • September 14, 2019: Field Orientation Day
  • October 4-6, 2019: Overnight 
  • October 25-27, 2019: Overnight
  • November 15-17, 2019: Overnight
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 17-19, 2020: Overnight
  • February 7-9, 2020: Overnight
  • March 6-8, 2020: Overnight
  • March 20-22, 2020: Make-Up Overnight IF NEEDED
  • April 17-19, 2020: Overnight
  • May 8-10, 2020: Overnight
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Registration Policy Information

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Grade 1 - 12 (Single Days Only): 2019-20 program tuition is $1,495. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Grade 6 - 12 (Includes Weekend Overnight Trips): 2019-20 program tuition is $2,475. Includes: 1 field day Saturday, 8 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2019 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2019.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements. Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-session cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.