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Ninja Apprenticeship

Martial Arts, Parkour & Outdoor Skills

Discover the secrets of the Forest Ninja.
A school-year program that teaches martial arts & outdoor skills 1 weekend-a-month.

Martial Arts & Outdoor Skills

With stealth and awareness, become a protector of the woodlands. Join the guardians of our wild realm. Unleash your inner ninja! Draw on traditions both ancient and new, learning martial arts to master body and mind:

Stealth & Outdoor Skills Master the ancient arts of camouflage and stealth in the shadows of the woodland. Train epic skills of wilderness survival. Get experience on our outdoor climbing wall.

Martial Arts Learn fun and practical martial arts. Practice imagination based meditation for situational awareness and empathy. Find your balance, flexibility, and strength.

Forest Parkour Train techniques of Forest Parkour. Flow through the forest both on and off trail. Learn how animals move through movement play. Leap like the bobcat, crawl like the bear, and bound like the deer.

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


How It Works

Apprentice Training Weekends 1 Saturday or Sunday a month, Fall - Spring
At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert Mentors. For flexibility, we offer many schedule options–see below for dates.

Graduation Day May, 1 day
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Events Dates Vary
Apprentices and immediate family get free admission to Archery Range and Community Events.


Different Apprenticeship age groups have customized curriculum.
Grade 1 ∙ Grade 2-3 ∙ Grade 4-5

Tuition

Reserve your place with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Tuition is divided into 9 monthly payments. Your first payment is due September 10. We will contact you after you register to set up your Payment Plan.

OPTION 1 Single Days Available for Grades 1-5 and 6-12
$50 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $105 (total $995)

Family Discount 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Discount based on consecutive years attended.
Scholarships Limited scholarship awards are available for families in need. Contact Us.

Discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.

Location

Drop-off SE Portland Headquarters - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
We provide transportation to adventurous forest sites to train ninja stealth, martial arts and nature skills.

Choose Your Schedule

OPTION 1 Single Day - Training Weekends  8 field days + Graduation Field Day

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends; Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules. Please Note Many schedules fill quickly, so choose soon after registration. 


Schedule Options

Single Day Grade 1-5 Schedule B

  • September 15, 2019 Field Day
  • October 13, 2019 Field Day
  • November 3, 2019 Field Day
  • January 12, 2020 Field Day
  • February 2, 2020 Field Day
  • March 1, 2020 Field Day
  • April 5, 2020 Field Day
  • May 3, 2020 Field Day
  • May 16, 2020 Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this program require prior experience?
No, in fact our Apprenticeships works best with varying levels of experience. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community.

How much time commitment will my child need to give to independent study?
This is up to you. This time spent training away from mentors is purposeful and is equally important as guided training. The primary goal of this training is self-sufficiency and competency. It is up to the Apprentice and their family to determine how much time is spent. We encourage but do not require an average of 2-hours a week of personal study working on skills projects, tracking (parents may need to take their kids to a greenspace) and more.

What does my child get out of this? Do they become an awesome outdoors person?
Yes and more. The Rangers Guild is about developing personal accountability for the larger community. Our perspective on "survival skills" entails trusting your well-being to knowledge, awareness, and respect for the wilderness and your teammates. Through this trust, we innately cultivate a great sense of purpose and responsibility. This is not disciplined study simply for self-discipline sake. It is about profound experience that cultivates competency and a richer awareness of the world we live in.

What am I getting my child and our family into?
Trackers offers really "fun" summer camps. We are often touted as one of the best out there. Yet the Rangers Apprenticeship goes far beyond that one week camp experience. At Trackers, our legacy originates from a deep well of outdoor skills best learned through intensive apprenticeship. The depth of this training is akin to and, in many respects, more encompassing than a martial art. Training here will exceed anything found in most "scouting" programs. It requires great focus and diligence on the Apprentice's part. We also believe such rigorous study in nature-based skills actually enhances academic and physical capability. The ecological thinking inherent in animal tracking fosters an incredibly functional breadth in puzzling together systems and understanding exactly how the world "works". The calm focus and diligence required for outdoor survival skills offers real experience in humility, patience, and thoughtful long-term planning. Our Curriculum of Shadows builds an incredible depth of awareness for both details and good timing (an often undervalued but very poignant skill set).

What is the role of program mentors?
Program mentors are the best of Trackers instructors and representative of the Rangers Guild. They are coordinators and developers of all logistics and curriculum in our field days. During the program they introduce diverse skills of the Rangers Guild, providing ample foundation for your child to practice during independent study if they are so motivated. They also tailor their curriculum and mentoring to each individual Apprentice, checking in consistently to assess students' feelings of well-being in the program. They are often a phone call away when your family has a question about a skill, best places to embark on independent study, or how your child is doing in the program.