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How we define"Survivalism":
Efficiently
using what is available to aid self preservation using prior experience, wits, knowledge, wisdom, and your body.

The Pennsylvania Survival Initiative is a volunteer group of people who collectively put together classes on survival subjects and teach them at locations in the outdoors every two weeks. There are no fees or charges for attending or participating and we welcome anyone with a desire for learning survival skills.
The Pennsylvania Survival Initiative was started by people with Conservative views, Christian values and an understanding that learning survival skills could be an effective way to preserve lives. We're always looking for people with special skills relating to survival (not just primitive) and individuals highly motivated by the desire to learn.



Recent Announcements

  • 11-6-11 Upcoming Dates  Nov. 13 2011 Admin/Lesson meeting: Truth Central office in New Ken ~1pm-?Nov 18-19 2011 10am-3pm Christmas in ChicoraDec 4th 2011 Pa Survival Initiative Meet 1pm @ Henry FarmAdmin affairs1) Signs so people can find our meetings2) Need building supplies (nails, boards, ect)3) Anyone interested in doing classes let me know and/or come to the admin meeting4) meeting is in december because of thanksgiving. 5) We may want to change what time we meet in order to take advantage of valuable day light.Class ideas:Cleaning animalsFirearms for survivalDakota fire holeForest debris shelterThreats from our local area that could cause a disaster situation
    Posted Nov 6, 2011, 5:55 PM by Dewayne Metzler
  • 2011-10-20 Group/Admin Affairs Announcement Hello Everyone,I have a few things to update everyone about in regards to the group. The first and most important update is concerning how often we meet and some things regarding admin affairs with the group. When we last met on 10-16-11 we discussed about how the group was administered. For the time being we felt it was best for us to meet once a month as a group and once a month to do admin affairs/lesson planning ect. So in other words for people participating in admin meetings, you'll still be meeting every two weeks. Everyone else at sundays meet agreed, and at least one person felt it wasn't fair that I was ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2011, 11:24 PM by Dewayne Metzler
  • No Cost Water Purification Training When:   November 05, 2011Time:    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonWhere: St. John's Reformed Church,             334 W. Slippery Rock Street,             Chicora, Pennsylvania 16025With:    Charles KingPurpose: to demonstrate water purification techniques and equipmentContact: Pastor John Pistorius 412-992-6610Human bodies are comprised mostly of water. Some scientists estimate as much as 60% of our total body mass is water. Infants may be as high as 75%. This makes water a primary important element in our overall health. Environmental hazards seem only to increase with time. Anxiety and worries over water safety are exploding with the natural gas exploration and extraction expanding in Pennsylvania. Pastor John Pistorius shares those concerns. "With ever growing anxiety over ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2011, 5:59 PM by Dewayne Metzler
  • Weather Forecast for October 2, 2011 http://www.accuweather.com/us/pa/cowansville/16218/forecast-details.asp?fday=2In a nut-shell here's what can be expected:NW 15 mph wind gusts, some rain, and a temperature lower than 48 degrees.Everything is definitely going to be wet and saturated.Somethings I might recommend:Poncho or heavy duty trash bag to make into a ponchoWool SocksBoots (water proof is a plus)Balaclava or something to cover your face and head (I got a little wind burn from being out today on my face)And an extra layer to keep ya warmI'm gonna do a mini-class on apparel.  More so because we live in a region that clearly can ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2011, 1:40 AM by Michael Wally
  • Next Meeting: October 2, 2011 Its the usual time and place: 1pm (or earlier if you want to come out before then) at the Sugarcreek Park in Cowansville back at the Scout Pavilion.Expect to practice your pyromani-I mean fire making skills as usual.I noticed a few people at our last meet were wearing shorts or short sleeved shirts.  Guys, even the boys in Iraq and Afghanistan wear long sleeved shirts and pants; there's good reason for this.  Those pants and/or long sleeved shirts serve so many protective purposes its unreal.  Wolf Spiders are extremely common in Pennsylvania, I regularly see ones the size of half dollars around here.  The bigger they are, the more potent their venom is which can ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2011, 1:37 AM by Michael Wally
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