Prepper Camp Will Move Your Family Forward on the Journey to Preparedness

Do you enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors? Do you enjoy camping out with your family? Do you want your family to be better prepared?

There’s a way to do all three. It’s Prepper Camp, and it will move your family forward on the journey to preparedness. It’s coming up soon–September 12-14, 2014, at Orchard Lake Campground in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Rick Austin spoke with me about it for this week’s DestinySurvival Radio.


Not just some guy putting on a show

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In case Rick’s name sounds familiar, it should. He’s the author of Secret Garden of Survival and Secret Greenhouse of Survival, and he’s been my guest on DestinySurvival Radio previously to talk about his books. But he’s also the Survivalist Gardener who has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the film: Beyond Off Grid, and Mother Earth News. He hosts the Secrets of a Survivalist Radio Show on the Preparedness Radio Network.


Not just any prepper event

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Prepper Camp promises to be an event that’s different from the usual indoor prepper expo. Whether you’re there for one day or the whole three days, Rick describes Prepper Camp is a total immersion event in preparedness, survival, camp craft and homesteading skills. It’s where you can listen to, ask questions of, and break bread with some of the best preparedness, survival, and homesteading experts in the world.

Rick and a few friends wanted to put on an event for preppers that focused less on vendors and more about learning things hands on. Thus, Prepper Camp, a three day event where you and your family can camp out, cook over a fire, put bug out supplies to use, and practice bushcraft skills. The idea has been well received by both those who want to come and speakers who want to share their knowledge.

Incidentally, you don’t have to camp out to attend Prepper Camp. There are plenty of hotels in the area for accommodations.

The schedule is intense. There will be seven classes every hour throughout the day. Thirty or more speakers will give presentations on a wide variety of topics of interest to preppers at all levels. Find out about archery, making cheese, using storage food, solar cooking, water, the survival mindset, and more.

Classes will be repeated each day, so if you mmiss one you wanted to attend one day, try it on the next day. And if you can’t get to everything, come back next year.

Evenings will include other family activities, such as music and games. Of course, because this is being held on a campground, there are other activities available to participate in.

What about cost? Tickets are only $29.95 per adult for all classes, for the entire three days. That’s an amazing price. There’s a separate, discount price for children and students. Of course, you’re on your own for food, lodging and other expenses.

What will you take away from Prepper Camp? Rick wants it to be a learning experience. It may not be the largest prepper event; but he and the others involved are hoping it will be the best.


Not just any speakers

Here are just a few of the speakersRick mentioned who are featured, along with the general topics they’ll be presenting.
  • Rick Austin–Secret garden of survival & secret greenhouse of survival
  • Survivor Jane–Hygiene & back to basics
  • Eugene Runkis–Primitive fishing skills
  • Charley Hogwood–mutual assistance groups
  • Rich Davis–Financial matters
  • Donna Miller–Making nut butters & using grains
  • Skinny Medic–First aid & what to put in your med kit
  • Paul Munsen–Solar cooking
  • Samm Simpson–GMO food issues
  • Tony Haney–12 knots for survival
  • Melissa Williams–Dutch oven cooking
  • Brian Adams–Bushcraft skills
  • Richard Cleveland–Wilderness survival


The keynote speaker Saturday night is Dr. William Forstchen, author of the popular book, One Second After and a new e-book called Day of Wrath.

Other prepper experts will be there, too, including Grannie Pam, Jennifer Elswick, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, Dale Stewart, Scott Hunt, and more.


Not a typical Doomsday Prepper episode

We talked a little about the experience Rick and Survivor Jane had on Doomsday Preppers, where they were featured recently. Their goal was to teach and not sensationalize. Apparently the National Geographic channel is toning things down this season to give the show broader appeal.


Not the end of the story

Naturally, there’s more to my conversation with Rick Austin than I can pass along here. Therefore, I encourage you to hear it all by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 4, 2014. (Right click to download.) Get info and tickets for Prepper Camp at Find out more about Rick and get access to his videos at

Unfortunately for me, this is another event I won’t be able to attend, but I wanted to be sure you knew about it. If you’re able to go, I’d love to hear about your experience. Or if you have anything else to say about what you’ve read here or heard on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, feel free to leave a comment below.


Update: Prepper Camp is the subject of an article in The Atlantic online, which you can view here.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.