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Teen Survival Quest


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This course is for advanced students who have completed a minimum of two of our courses or the equivalent. The Teen Survival Quest immerses students in nature for an extended time period with three main areas of focus.

Preparation: We start with preparation for the trip. We smoke meat, fish, make bags, practice bow-drill fire making, natural cordage...and more.

Wilderness living: Semi– survival living with dried meat, fruit, and nuts. This second section of the course deals with semi-survival living, building light weight summer shelters, gathering wild plant foods, and fishing.

Group Survival: The third and last leg of the journey is a group “quest” where we go out with as little gear and modern equipment as we want and allow ourselves to fully surrender to the land. We wander together as a tribe, eating wild edibles, tracking animals, losing sense of time and place finding “deer summer”. We find that we can gather “energy” from the land in many forms and get a peak at Grandfather’s world!

Note: No animals are taken except for fish. We do set “non-lethal” traps and students are rewarded with imported food. Students are given plenty of water and a small amount of food during their Wilderness Living experience and then source these necessities from the landscape during Group Survival. Students work closely with our staff during the entire program.

This course is an amazing opportunity for teens and instructors alike to dive deep into Tom’s teachings and really live it!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This program is for teens aged 13-17. This is an advanced course. Students must have taken at least two of our other programs or the equivalent first.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking will be at the back of the office. We will pick you up from there to get into the Pine Barrens.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring sleeping bag, swim suit, knife, changes of clothing. Please do not bring any electronics!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call us at 609-971-1799 or email info@cotef.org

What's the refund policy?

All remaining balances are due no later than two weeks prior to your program. If you registered online, you can pay your balance through your online registration or by phone at 609-971-1799. We accept cash, checks, PayPal, postal money order, traveler’s checks, and credit cards. All monies must be in U.S. funds. Failure to submit the balance by the due date may result in the loss of your enrollment and will also result in forfeiture of your deposit.

Cancellation 30 days or more before the first day of class: 100% of paid balance returned and deposit forfeited.

Cancellation less than 30 days before the first day of class: 50% of paid balance and deposit forfeited.

Cancellation 7 days or less before the first day of class or failure to attend: 100% of paid balance and deposit forfeited.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the main office at (609) 971-1799.

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