Students learn survival skills, get college credit

Rob Tutt (left), sophomore criminal justice major, and Nicole Terral, senior exercise science major, build a fire together during their 10 a.m. outdoor education and camping class Feb. 28. Class members will use their newly-learned skills in an April camping trip. Erica Estrada | Rambler Staff

Imagine starting the day cooking marshmallows from a fire created during class. Wesleyan offers an outdoor education and camping class that did just that last week.

The class goes through many different techniques from how to survive outdoors to camping procedures. Jon Myers, professor of education and kinesiology, teaches the outdoor education and camping class. Myers said he thinks it is important for people to take care of themselves in case there is a disaster.

“A big part of the class is learning survival skills: starting a fire, finding shelter, how to get food, and stay hydrated,” Myers said.
Grant Hensarling, senior marketing major, is part of the class and has participated in multiple camping and hunting activities. Hensarling said self-sufficiency and basic survival skills are key essentials that everyone needs to know.

“This class helps me go over the basics to refine and make sure I have them down,” Hensarling said. “For me it’s more about helping other people learn to not die in the woods.”

In addition to on-campus training, the class will take students on a camping trip to Lake Mineral Wells National Park April 20-22.
Kayla McCray, junior mass communication major, said the camping trip will be interesting.

“I am not a camper. I have never been camping in my life,” McCray said. “Everyone is ready to see how I am going to react, but because of the class I think I would do a lot better than people expect. I know how to start a fire so food and keeping warm won’t be a problem.”

This is the first semester the class has been offered. Myers said the biggest problem is that most people do not know the class exists.

“Only 12 students signed up, and it would be lucky to have 25 to sign up so we can extend the course,” Myers said.

If the class is extended, more students can participate in the class during more class periods.

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