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Semester Long- Survival Skills and More With a Marine (1st sem)take in any order

Ben Franklin (M.Ed, M.Div, MBS, BS, Veteran)
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(613)
In this 15 week class, students will learn to survive in wilderness scenarios and apply knowledge as we problem solve topics each week.

Class experience

15 lessons//15 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Survival Mindset
Without the right mindset, you will have a tough time dealing with your surroundings. I'll show you how to be safe in any environment/situation. This requires some forethought and planning on your part. We will also learn three knots in this class.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Without water, you will not survive long in the wilderness or in a survival situation. I’ll show you how to find and treat water for drinking. We will also make a water filter.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Fire is crucial for survival. We will discuss how having a simple fire can save your life many times over. I’ll show you how to start a fire with, or without, fire starting gear.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
You must know how to build a shelter in order to survive in the wilderness. I’ll show you the best and easiest methods. One takes less than 5 minutes to build!
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Survival Site
If you set up your survival (camp) site incorrectly, you’re asking for disaster. I’ll show you how to do it right.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Map Reading
A good map—and map reading skills—can get you out of trouble. I’ll show you how to decipher a map so you always know which way you are headed. Navigation. If you are lost in the wild—how will you know which direction to go? I’ll teach you how to read natural navigation signs so you’ll get where you need to be.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Things to eat in the wilderness
Will it taste good? Probably not! Will it save your life? Yes!
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Survival Tools
I’ll show you how to make several life-saving tools from something easily found in the wilderness.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
When you are lost, there is one thing you must do. Do this, and your chances of survival increase dramatically.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Fire Types
I’ll show you the best fire to build in any survival situation. I’ll also cover alternative ways to start a fire….even if it’s raining.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Was that a bear? A cougar? A wolf? How you respond to predators is crucial. I’ll show you exactly how to respond to predators
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Survival Tool
Survival knife—your best friend in a survival situation.
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Paracord Uses
Paracord—your other best friend in a survival situation
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Signaling—what it is and how to do it. This is one of the most important survival topics.
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Go Bag
The student will learn skills for survival and acquire knowledge to apply when situations arise that may call for advanced problem-solving skills. They will be able to problem solve using different scenarios to encourage thinking and understanding. 
I am a proud, former member of a United States Marine Corps Sniper Team, Second Battalion, Third Marine Division, stationed out of KMCAS, Hawaii.  I received extensive training in the military.  I attended training such as:  jungle survival, cold weather, desert survival and as a combat medic and EMT for that team.    I served during the Gulf Wars and have extensive experience in the areas I teach.  After my time with the Marines, I entered civilian Law Enforcement in Jacksonville Florida. Today, I share the knowledge I was given with others.  
Homework Offered
I will not assign homework but may offer further resources for continued independent learning after each class. I do send out a skills lab after each class so the student has the option of practicing what is learned.
Assessments Offered
Learners will be assessed by in-class interactions and participation and optional further independent research.
Grades Offered
Paper and pencil to take notes.  I will send out a class supply list the first week of class. 
This class will deal with potentially scary topics such as wilderness scenarios, disasters, and being lost.  However, graphic or gory images, over-the-top illustrations, and/or detailed specifics will not be part of the curriculum.  We will be discussing ways to start fires with tools and without tools as a class discussion.  We will not actually physically start a fire but parents may want to talk with their student after this class regarding safety.  We are also discussing water treatment and will emphasize seeking parent help should they wish to try the technique to purify water.  I will always send the student to the parent for supervision in areas where safety is a concern. 
Parents should be aware we will discuss topics related to wilderness survival and that I will present all of these topics in as positive a manner as possible and in the spirit of survival...and overcoming obstacles.  
Sources used will come from information learned in the military during survival training and combat readiness courses as well as personal experience.
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(613)
Hello from Maine-USA!  Thanks for visiting my page!  
My name is Ben Franklin.  I'm a veteran member of a Marine Corps Sniper Team.  I have extensive training and experience in all things fitness as well as survival skills.  I was trained as a... 
Group Class


for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
40 min

Completed by 42 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
4-18 learners per class

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