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Realms Apprenticeship

Elves, Wizards & Dragons

Quest in the Realms of Cascadia! Create your character to adventure in a land of myth and magic.
A school-year program that teaches skills 1 weekend-a-month.

Live-Action Role-Playing Game

Welcome to Realms of Cascadia, our epic role-playing adventure program. Find new and old friends while living a story of myth and magic. Learn outdoor skills to forge your path through the forest:

Character Creation Develop your character while accumulating experience in essential outdoor skills. Journey through the Realms and its epic wilderness. Become an Elf, Wizard, Ranger, or more!

Fabrication & Costuming Bring cosplay to life. Create your costume and questing tools that are fully functional for your wilderness adventures. Work with fiber, leather, stone, bone, metal, and more.

Storytelling Quests Live the game. Experience an ongoing role-playing saga where each weekend is a new adventure. Weave these tales into an epic year-long story, questing with the all your friends. Always remember, the fate of the Realms is in your hands!

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 weekend-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.

OPTION 1 Single Days - Training Weekends Available for Grades 1-4 and 5-8. Choose Single Day weekends either on a Sunday schedule. The most flexibility for families.

OPTION 2 Overnights - Training Weekends Available for Grades 5-8 and 9-12. Choose all Overnight weekends—Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Our most immersive experience.

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

Optional Community & Family Programs Dates Vary
Apprentices and immediate family get free admission to Skills Evenings, Archery Range, and select Community Events.


Different Apprenticeship age groups have customized curriculum.
Grade 1 ∙ Grade 2-3 ∙ Grade 4 ∙ Grade 5-8 Grade 9-12

Tuition

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

OPTION 1 Single Days Available for Grades 1-4 and 5-8.
$50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $94.50 (total $995)

OPTION 2 Overnights Available for Grades 5-8 and 9-12.
$50 deposit, then ten monthly payments of $174.60 (total $1,796, includes all overnights)

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 epic wilderness sites where we cook by the campfire, build shelters, and harvest from the wild.

Choose Your Schedule

OPTION 1 Single Day - Training Weekends  8 field days + Graduation Field Day
OPTION 2 Overnights - Training Weekends 8 Overnights + Graduation Field Day

When signing up for Apprenticeships, be sure your child can make most of the weekends. Choose the Schedule that best fits your calendar; 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 1-12 Schedule B

  • September 9, 2018 Field Day
  • October 7, 2018 Field Day
  • November 4, 2018 Field Day
  • January 13, 2019 Field Day
  • February 3, 2019 Field Day
  • March 3, 2019 Field Day
  • April 7, 2019 Field Day
  • May 5, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Graduation
  • *Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party

Single Day Grade 1-4 Schedule D

  • September 16, 2018 Field Day
  • October 21, 2018 Field Day
  • November 11, 2018 Field Day
  • January 20, 2019 Field Day
  • February 10, 2019 Field Day
  • March 10, 2019 Field Day
  • April 14, 2019 Field Day
  • May 19, 2019 Field Day
  • June 1, 2019 Graduation
  • *Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party

Overnight Grade 5-12 

  • September 7-9, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • October 5-7, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • November 2-4, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • January 11-13, 2019 Weekend Overnight
  • February 1-3, 2019 Weekend Overnight
  • March 1-3, 2019 Weekend Overnight
  • April 5-7, 2019 Weekend Overnight
  • May 3-5, 2019 Weekend Overnight
  • June 1, 2018 Graduation
  • * Bonus Day December - Optional Holiday Party

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.