The ability to light a fire with one-match in any weather is an important survival skill.
Once upon a time, our Jr Rangers Apprentices gathered wire-thin twigs from a very special tree (can burn even in wet conditions).
This tree is the Western Hemlock Tree (no real relation to the bane of Socrates—that was a plant).
They then scraped off the wet bark of the twig bundle with the back of their knives.
Even rolling it in the dust of a rotting cedar stump to further dry the ends of their tinder.
Upon striking the the match head, they tilted it down so the flame caught the wood of the match.
They then lit their tinder bundle from the bottom. Drawing it along the shaved ends of the twigs,
Finally they rotated the tinder so every twig caught.
Carefully opening the hand holding it to add airflow or or closing this hand to condense the bundle to better spread the flame.
After setting it upright against a rock or stump, they built their tipi fire by placing thicker twigs around it.
Grown-ups can do this too! 9-month Rangers Wilderness Immersion
Featured Youth Programs
Ages 9-17 B.P.R.D Training Camp July 29-August 2 Trackers is proud to partner with Dark Horse Comics for a camp that takes you through the mythic and epic comic book universe of Hellboy. Trainees team up with experienced Agents and take on an anchent and malevolent foe bent on taking over the world!
Ages 10-15 Kayak Adventure Camp Offered throughout the summer Travel the waterways of Portland in our traditional hand-built kayaks. Learn to balance, paddle, safely recover from tips, knots, and many other nautical skills in this awesome Mariner camp. We provide the Kayak you bring the sense of Adventure!
Featured Adult Programs
$67 Bow Making Basics May 28 & 30, June 4 & 6, 4-evenings Learn to craft your own bow out of locally harvested materials. We cover how to hew wood with simple blades and knives for wilderness survival and more. We focus on wood crafting skills with simple tools and symmetry in all wood craft.
8-month Archery Immersion 1-weekend a month immersed in the sport and art of archery. Our instructors provide expert coaching in archery fundamentals while bridging into more advanced skills.
$5 Open Archery Range Saturday, May 18, 12pm-4pm Come shoot at the Trackers open archery range in SE Portland. Every Saturday we offer a comfortable and fun place for family and friends to hone their archery skills. Also, check out our Family Training Session for 11am-Noon.