Urban Escape and Evasion
This class provides leading-edge skills to civilians who live or work in challenging urban environments or who may find themselves in a destabilizing urban area during a crisis. Topics covered include covert movement (day vs. night), the judicious use of caches, understanding urban baseline movement and urban awareness training, the use of disguises and false papers/identification, lock picking, escaping from unlawful custody, obtaining and driving local transportation, the use of “specialized” urban gear, and instruction on how to develop urban escape and evasion go-bags.
A one day urban escape scenario is held the final day of class. Training is realistic.Please be advised that upon entering the training facility, you will be entering a “safe-house in a foreign country”, and the enemy will have surveillance in operation at all times.
- Training will begin Thursday morning in the hotel’s conference room, and run until 6:00 pm that evening. You will be assigned tasks which will require additional time (usually a couple of hours) into the evening after class to hone your new skills.
- Friday’s schedule will be the same: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with additional exercises out in the city well into the late evening hours. Keeping an attitude that you are in dangerous, hostile territory all the time you’re in the training city will make the training that much more effective.
- Saturday’s exercise will begin at 8:30 am and involve putting your new skills and mindsets to the test in a real-life scenario lasting most of the day until around 5:00 pm. You will be “kidnapped”: hooded, cuffed and taken somewhere dark and uncomfortable to start your day. You will be expected to escape, find your own transportation legally using your social engineering skills, and make your way to the first cache location, where directions for a series of tasks using all your new skills await.Meanwhile, expert trackers will be hunting you down, and if they catch you, you will have to start again from a more distant location.
- Discussion and debriefing will be held after the formal exercise, so any flights out Saturday night should be scheduled no earlier than 8:00 pm.
Be advised, therefore, that this training is extremely demanding physically, emotionally and intellectually. You can plan on walking around the city at least ten miles, perhaps fifteen, by the end of the course. You will also experience a high degree of stress that you will be expected to manage successfully. In addition to hands-on skills learned in class, you will be absorbing as much lectured subject matter as possible. Some of which may be disturbing in content, as self defense and self preservation are the core topics covered in this course. In essence, you will be learning how to save your own life and others’ lives in an urban environment.
Advanced Urban Escape and Evasion
This class includes a strong emphasis on the manufacture of improvised tools and equipment from scavenged materials. This course will add new skills to the Urban Escape & Evasion graduate but will primarily focus on field applications. You will learn how to make useful E & E tools, then spend time scavenging the urban area, finding the materials needed, and actually manufacturing them.
In addition, students will be required to obtain food, water, and shelter and remain overnight in the city. They will need to avoid capture, and they will be required to complete several tests or scenarios that will require advanced students to truly apply their Scout and urban survival skills.
This course is the basic introduction to the Scout curriculum. The course teaches the basic skills needed to operate as a Scout. These include individual and team movement, high-speed / low impact survival skills, observation and reconnaissance skills, booby traps, and many other related capabilities that were mastered by effective Scouts around the world. Students will receive class instruction during the day and apply their new-found skills during night exercises and simulations.
This course teaches the student how to see, understand, and utilize terrain the way Apache Scouts did. Students will learn how to develop observation and mapping skills that will give them tremendous operational advantages. Students will also learn advanced movement training techniques that will over time greatly reduce their noise and concentric ring signature. They will apply camouflage to Scout shelters (other than Scout pits) and learn to live and move silently and invisibly for extended periods of time.
Winter Scout/Survival will take you from being able to cope with winter weather to being comfortable operating in the winter environment. You will learn how to deal with the complications cold weather adds to basic operations. There will be a strong emphasis on shelter building and fire, the most important winter skills. We will cover trapping and hunting, winter animal behavior, skinning and dressing animals, and several other related survival skills. We will develop effective winter camouflage, practice snow anti and counter-tracking, including adapting man traps to winter conditions. We will expand on awareness skills and adapt them to winter conditions. We will cover winter weapon handling and cold weather maintenance. We will get our hands on as many skills as possible, emphasizing application.
Off-Grid Medical Care
This class, taught by an SF Physician, and will focus on medical care when structured care is no longer available. The focus will be on trauma care care of gunshot and knife wounds, broken bones, amputations, and other types of illness injuries that may be encountered following the collapse of medical care. The class will also include suturing, administering IVs, and setting bones. It will also include diagnosis of illness and administration of medicine, and other longer-term treatments. This class does not certify you for any type of recognized medical care, and is designed only for preparation against a time where medical care is not available.
Surviving Deadly Contact (Kelly Alwood)
This class will be hands on training, force on force with paintballs, and live fire with pistol and carbine. Students will learn learn the rules of combat, shoot and move. Every game has rules and those who do not know the rules will definitely lose.
- What is the most dangerous place in a room?
- What is the order you engage your targets?
- What are the levels of cover?
- How do you handle multiple opponents?
This class focuses on real life threat scenarios: a shooting or robbery in Walmart, attempted carjacking, scuffle at the restaurant, muggings in the mall parking lot, home invasion.
This class will be taught by trained combat veterans
Students will learn how to navigate using a map and compass. This decidedly low-tech approach will teach the skills necessary to survive as a Scout without the latest technology. Students will learn how to follow an azimuth, locate their position, and plan a route. In addition, students will learn survival navigation that will allow them to follow an azimuth without a compass. It is surprising how few people actually know these basic yet invaluable outdoor skills. When technology fails, these skills will last.
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