Join our Rangers Guild! In this 9-month program, train the arts of stealth, archery, and wilderness survival.
Make new friends and learn with experienced mentors. Develop skills and confidence through outdoor leadership. Share in adventures with a team of like-minded peers.
The Rangers Apprenticeship goes beyond just a club, it immerses you in the skills of Trackers Craft. With dedication and hard-work, your training can grow into a life-long study in a deep set of ancient arts:
Wilderness Survival Apprentices learn skills of shelter, fire with no matches, and wild plants while immersed in the arts of wilderness survival. They train archery and woodworking for forest craft.
Tracking Apprentices delve into the amazing world of wildlife by practicing to become master trackers. They learn to stay safe and found in the outdoors while following trails of deer, elk, fox, and more.
Curriculum of the Shadows Apprentices study our special Rangers martial art, the Curriculum of Shadows. They follow an ancient path that teaches strategies of awareness and resiliency through lessons of ecology, invisibility, stealth, empathy, and leadership.
How it works
Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month for nine months apprentices train with expert instructors at our epic outdoor locations. We provide transportation. Apprentices grade 1-4 do 9 field days. Apprentices grade 5-12 do four overnight expeditions, two in the fall, another two the following spring, along with four additional field days. See below for class schedule.
We feature specific age ranges for our Rangers Apprenticeship. Training is tailored for each age group.
Grade 1 Field days teach the beginnings of new and fun Ranger skills
Grade 2-3 Field days truly immerse campers into the Rangers Guild
Grade 4 Field days develop team skills and rich learning environments with the Rangers
Grade 5-8 Overnight camp-outs and field days teach in-depth craft and Rangers skills
Grade 9-12 Overnight camp-outs and field days with intensive training in Rangers lore and skills
Commitment and Service
Becoming a Ranger is lifetime pursuit and a rite of passage. Many students have come back for multiple years of study and membership in the Rangers Guild. Personal mentorship ensures all levels of learners are welcome and benefit from this diversity.
September - June This program runs September to June. Field days are usually from 9 AM - 4:30 PM.
Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thurs) and our Open Archery Range (every Thurs, Fri, Sat).