Operation Military Kids Course Ignites Passion For The Outdoors

The local fire ban didn’t stop this crew of weekend wilderness warriors from igniting a passion for the outdoors. Cottonwood Institute instructors, Darren Silver, Jason Lawrence, and Aleyna Porreca delivered an action-packed course for children and parents of military families through a collaboration with Operation Military Kids and Colorado Lions Camp.

A fine mix of fun and skills set the platinum standard for this course as we filled our days with survival priorities, shelter-building, stalking, sit-spotting,  service, stewardship, and some tasty grub, including a rare treat of fresh venison!

“I think it was a huge success and should be offered again for military kids. I also asked all the kids what they thought and they all loved it,” commented an Operation Military Kids chaperone who joined us for the first ever OMK Essential Survival Skills course. “I wish it was longer,” said 10 year-old Little John accompanied by military dad, Big John. “Do you offer this for adults?” questioned two enthusiastic parents…

While we quoted General George C. Marshall before dinner Saturday evening: “There’s no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit,” we’d like to thank all of the generous sponsors and courageous participants for making tracks with us! Specifically, we would like to thank Operation Military Kids, Colorado Lions Camp, The Kenneth King Foundation, Canvas and Cocktails, and the overwhelming support we received from our donors who made this project possible.

To check out a slide show of the course, Click Here.

This article was written by Jason Lawrence and edited by Ford Church.

Winter Staff Training 2010

February 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Notes From The Field

Several weeks have passed since we completed our annual Winter Staff Training for Cottonwood Institute instructors, but now it’s time to reflect on what we learned during that action-packed day. We covered a variety of skills, including: winter safety and risk management concerns, winter survival priorities, quinzhee snow shelters, emergency snow trench shelters, fire-making techniques and how to set up a winter base camp. But the highlight of the day was definitely showing off our mad quinzhee building skills!

Click Here for a complete photo gallery of our hard work, great times, and view step-by-step photos of our snow shelter. And don’t forget to check out our inspiring video. Send the link to your friends by Clicking Here.

Our next Staff Training is scheduled for June 5-6, 2010. If you are interested in instructing for the Cottonwood Institute, please contact Ford Church at 303.447.1076.

Free Survival Clinic at REI Boulder

October 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Cottonwood Institute News

Most survival situations happen when you least expect it and when you are least prepared. Before you head to the mountains this fall to explore the brilliant bursts of color or the bugling elk, join the Cottonwood Institute for a Free Survival Clinic at REI. Participate in an interactive survival scenario, learn about survival priorities, tips, strategies, and techniques, and learn how to make a personal survival kit.

Our next presentation will be at REI BoulderFriday, October 16, 2009, at 7pm located at: 1789 28th Street, Boulder, CO  80301. Please RSVP by contacting April Pishna, Cottonwood Institute Administrative Coordinator, via Email.

Free Survival Clinic At REI Denver Flagship Store

August 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Cottonwood Institute News

Most survival situations happen when you least expect it and when you are least prepared. Before you head to the hills this fall to explore the color change or the bugling elk, join the Cottonwood Institute for a Free Survival Clinic at REI. Participate in an interactive survival scenario, learn about survival priorities, tips, strategies, and techniques, and learn how to make a personal survival kit.

Our next presentation will be at the REI Denver Flagship StoreTuesday, August 18, 2009, at 7pm located at: 1416 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202. Please RSVP by contacting April Pishna, Cottonwood Institute Administrative Coordinator, via Email.