Raising An Off-Grid Winter Base Camp

Learn how to set-up a winter base camp, what equipment and supplies you might need, and how to help design and operate a camp in order to minimize problems.

Whether you are gearing up for a long-term direct action, responding to a disaster, or even planning a multi-day large group gathering in the back country, you are going to be setting up or operating out of a base camp. Proper planning, the right equipment, and essential skills can make the difference between a base camp that operates effectively and one that is one crisis away from becoming a nightmare. When you add winter conditions to the mix (or any kind of weather or environmental hazards) then things get a lot more complicated. Join Woodbine staff and community members as we set up an actual winter base camp that we will stay in for the duration of the workshop.

Drawing on decades of our experiences with a variety of base camps, direct actions, and crisis and disaster situations, we will teach, share, and demonstrate the fundamental and practical skills of how to set up and operate a small base camp. We will explore both the physical and social infrastructure aspects of base camps, with a particular emphasis on winter conditions, and dealing with weather and other environmental hazards.

What we will cover: While the exact agenda will be adjusted to reflect the skills and experience of the participants and will depend a little bit on weather, our goal is to address the following:

  • Site analysis and mapping (physical and social)
  • Protocols
  • Basic Operations: water, shelter, food, health, waste, energy/power
  • Communications
  • Decision making
  • Disaster Response
  • Preparing for difficult and extreme conditions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Security
  • Fundamental roles
  • Appropriate scales for different decisions, situations, and actions

The majority of the workshop will take place outside, regardless of the weather (late fall in the Colorado mountains can be unpredictable, but assume that we will have cold weather and quite possibly snow). You will be expected to arrive self-sufficient, just as you should in any base camp, with your own camping and personal gear. This is an excellent opportunity to test any gear that you might use in a non-training situation. We will share the preparation of some meals.

Application and registration: This workshop is by application only. The application period is now closed.

This camp will build upon some of the material and experiences from our summer base camp workshop. Prior experience or workshop attendance is not required. If you applied and were accepted in the summer base camp you do not need to reapply. Please contact us directly at programs@woodbinecenter.org and we will make arrangements.

Instructors/Facilitators: Robert Chanate, Pavlos Stavropoulos, Woodbine staff, and guests.

Meals: Yes, we will prepare Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch together. Please come prepared with your own lunch and dinner for Friday.

Arrival Time: A significant part of our workshop is learning how to set up a camp from scratch. We are starting at 12:00 pm on Friday in order to set up the essential structures that we will need to live and work from the rest of the weekend. However, we do understand that not everyone can arrive this early. It is imperative that you have arrived by 6:00 pm on Friday in order to participate in the program fully. Please bring lunch and dinner for yourself for Friday (only dinner if you will not arrive in time for lunch)

Lodging: Please bring your own camping and personal equipment. Be prepared for winter conditions. We will have backups in the event of very difficult weather or for people who lack necessary equipment but you need to let us know in advance.

Cost: In order to keep the workshop accessible to as many people as possible regardless of financial ability and access we have the following sliding scale. In the application, you will be asked to self-select the rate that you can pay and explain your selection.

Financial access isn’t just about income. Please consider other factors like family access, educational access, access to employer support, community networks, etc. Please consider your complete financial access, as you determine which fee is appropriate for you. If you have the capacity to pay above your scale, please do! That helps us offer a successful and accessible workshop. Thank you!

Suggested Sliding Scale

$350 Workshop Fee – Large Organization or Scholarship Supporter
If your fee is paid by a larger organization or you have the ability to support our scholarship fund please pay at this rate. You are contributing to our ability to support people with fewer economic resources as well as cover all of our direct and indirect expenses related to the workshop.

$300 Workshop Fee – Small Organization or Scholarship Supporter
If your fee is paid by a small organization or you have the ability to support our scholarship fund please pay at this rate. You are contributing to our ability to support people with fewer economic resources as well as cover all of our direct and indirect expenses related to the workshop.

$250 Workshop Fee – Financial access of $40,000 or more per year
At this rate, you are contributing to our ability to support people with fewer economic resources as well as cover all of our direct and indirect expenses related to the workshop.

$200 Workshop Fee – Financial access between $35,000 and $40,000 per year 
This rate is our “full rate” which means that we cover direct and some indirect expenses related to the workshop.

$150 Workshop Fee – Financial access between $30,000 and $35,000 per year 
(if you have access to social and cultural capital, particularly if you come from a middle or upper-class background, please consider paying a higher rate)
This rate covers our direct expenses of the workshop but none of the indirect ones.

$120 Workshop Fee – Financial access between $25,000 and $30,000 per year
(if you have access to social and cultural capital, particularly if you come from a middle or upper-class background, please consider paying a higher rate)
This rate covers only most of our direct expenses of the workshop.

$90 Workshop Fee – Financial access between $20,000 and $25,000 per year
(if you have access to social and cultural capital, particularly if you come from a middle or upper-class background, please consider paying a higher rate)
This rate covers some, but not all, of our direct expenses of the workshop.

$60 Workshop Fee – Financial access of $20,000 per year or less
(if you have access to social and cultural capital, particularly if you come from a middle or upper-class background, please consider paying a higher rate)
This rate barely covers the costs of hosting a participant but none of the other workshop costs.
 

Honoring Our Sustainable Traditions (HOST) is a project, training program, and network being developed at Woodbine Ecology Center. HOST is guided by the vision that community, relationships, mutual aid, and solidarity are integral to a just, free, and sustainable future for us, all our relations, and the next seven generations.

The purpose of HOST is to provide training and support for grassroots leaders, with emphasis on indigenous, POC, queer, and solidarians. Such leaders can build and expand capacity to transform our organizations, neighborhoods, and communities into regenerative and sustainable ones which are able to effectively and self-reliantly meet our own needs and the needs of future generations.

October 13th, 2017 12:00 PM   through   October 15th, 2017 3:00 PM
2584 North State Hwy 67
Sedalia, CO 80135
United States

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