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Rangers Apprenticeship: Year-Round Mentoring

Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Stealth

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 Apprenticeship

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).

Grade 1-4

9 Field Days One Saturday or Sunday a month, 9am - 4:30pm. See below for a full class schedule.

Grade 5-12

Field Days One Saturday every month, 9am-4:30pm. See below for class schedule
+ 4 Weekend Overnights Friday evening to Sunday. Two in fall, two the following spring.


Tuition is divided into ten monthly payments after a $50 deposit.

Grade 1-4 $50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $94.50 (total $995)
Grade 5-12 $50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $124.50 (total $1,295, includes overnights)
Reserve your place with a $50 deposit. Tuition is divided into ten monthly payments. First payment is due September 10. Contact Us to set up.

Family Discount A 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Returning Apprentices get a tuition discount based on year of attendance.
Discounts typically cannot be combined. 

Contact Us to learn more.


We offer limited scholarship awards for those families who may need financial assistance in attending the apprenticeship program. For more information Contact Us.


Drop-off is at our SE Portland location - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon. We provide transportation to epic sites. Our private locations allow us to fully practice the skills of Trackers Craft. We cook by the campfire, build shelters, and harvest from the wild; all while caretaking for the land and forest.

Program includes...

  • Skill building weekends once a month - monthly weekend overnights or single training days
  • Mentoring with expert instructors at Trackers
  • Skills Evenings, free every Thursday
  • Open Archery Range, free every Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Class Schedule

Grade 1-4:
9 field days
Grade 5-12:
2 Fall Overnights, 2 Spring Overnights, 4 field days

When signing up for Rangers Apprenticeship be sure your child can make most of the weekends. Apprenticeships average one weekend a month. Choose the weekends (A or B) that best fits your schedule*:

*Do to group size limits we do not allow switching between schedules.

Grade 1-3: Schedule A

  • September 9, 2017 Field Day
  • October 7, 2017 Field Day
  • November 4, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 13, 2018 Field Day
  • February 3, 2018 Field Day
  • March 3, 2018 Field Day
  • April 7, 2018 Field Day
  • May 5, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2017 Graduation

Grade 1-3: Schedule B

  • September 10, 2017 Field Day
  • October 8, 2017 Field Day
  • November 5, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 14, 2018 Field Day
  • February 4, 2018 Field Day
  • March 4, 2018 Field Day
  • April 8, 2018 Field Day
  • May 6, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation

Grade 1-4: Schedule C

  • September 16, 2017 Field Day
  • October 21, 2017 Field Day
  • November 11, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 20, 2018 Field Day
  • February 10, 2018 Field Day
  • March 10, 2018 Field Day
  • April 21, 2018 Field Day
  • May 19, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation

Grade 1-4: Schedule D

  • September 17, 2017 Field Day
  • October 22, 2017 Field Day
  • November 12, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 21, 2018 Field Day
  • February 11, 2018 Field Day
  • March 11, 2018 Field Day
  • April 22, 2018 Field Day
  • May 20, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2017 Graduation

Grade 5-8 & 9-12: Schedule A

  • September 8-10, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • October 6-8, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • November 4, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 13, 2018 Field Day
  • February 3, 2018 Field Day
  • March 3, 2018 Field Day
  • April 6-8, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • May 4-6, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation

Grade 5-8: Schedule B

  • September 15-17, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • October 20-22, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • November 11, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 20, 2018 Field Day
  • February 10, 2018 Field Day
  • March 10, 2018 Field Day
  • April 20-22, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • May 18-20, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • June 2, 2018 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 equally important as the guided training. The primary goal of this training is self-sufficiency and competency. It is up to the apprentice and their family 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 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 a richer awareness and competency for the world we live.
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 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 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 under valued 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. The 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 student, checking in consistently as to their feeling and 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.

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.