Anyone who loves being in the outdoors and learning new things!
It's called a bushcraft gathering, but it's more than just about bushcraft!
The gathering will be held at:
251 Curtin Village Road
Howard, PA 16841.
The location is conveniently located just 2 1/2 miles off exit 158 of Interstate 80.
Camping will be available if you want to stay on-site. You can add-on a camping spot when purchasing your ticket.
There are also some hotels nearby.
Check in starts at 1:00 pm on Thursday September 20, 2018. Event runs through noon on Sunday September 23, 2018.
Uitwaaien 2017 was an eye opening experience for my wife-to-be and myself to be able to engage ourselves with the outdoor community without having to lose our life savings over training and experiences that in many other situations would have cost much more. Uitwaaien is affordable because of the business model of bringing the best in the region together to teach classes and give you a taste of knowledge in their areas of expertise. I can say that from first hand experience that I have left this event a better outdoorsman, along with the friendships I have made to push me to my next level of being woods-worthy. Whether you stay for the classes, or the community, you will not be disappointed with what you find.
-Dustin and Katie P.
Uitwaaien 2017 far exceeded my expectations. The classes were really informative and the instructors very knowledgeable. The gathering was filled with activities and vendors, I never ran out of things to do. Best of all was the people, everyone there was friendly and kind. I made friends with quite a few of them, friendships that I hope to last a lifetime. I look forward to making Uitwaaien a yearly retreat and hope to see you there.
Can’t say enough about this event. Met some great people and brushed up on some skills and learned a lot as well. The staff were phenomenal, great attitudes all the way around. I liked how it was family friendly, looking forward to this years event, going to bring my son this time, way to go Art Dawes, the vendors and staff!
I've never had so much fun learning outdoor skills. Instructors were not only quite knowledgeable, but the were down right entertaining as well. I look forward to many more in the coming years.
Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman or a complete novice in the woods. Their is something for everyone, and every age at Uitwaaien. The training team really knew there stuff. Learning new skills and practicing old ones. I had fun in a low pressure educational environment. The variety of attendees added to the flavor this environment. And no one felt out of place. I would recommend this event for a fun filled weekend for the whole family.
Dan Wowak - Contestant on season 3 of the hit History Channel show "Alone" and owner of Coalcracker Bushcraft. Right here in PA!
Dwayne Unger - S1E4 Winner of History Channels' Forged in Fire: Knife or Death & 2018 BladeSports World Champion!
Dan Wowak - Dan's signature survival items and more!
PA Wilderness Skills - Survival Items & Kits
Survival Resources - Survival Items, Kits & Books
North x North - Kerchiefs and Neck Gaiters Hand sewn and made in the good ol' US of A!
Snow Walker Outdoors & Guide Service - Handmade Items
Magic Punky Dust - Survival Items
Paracord Variety Shop - Awesome handmade paracord creations and jewlery!
NC Bushcraft - Pocket and Fixed Blade Knives, Fire Starters, Walking Sticks and more great bushcraft stuff!
Stitched Gear Outfitters - Handcrafted Leather Items and Buschcraft Accessories
North River Outdoors - Quality Knives, Axes, & Outdoor Gear
Aulë Greenwood Carver and Blacksmith Hand Carved Items
Dan Wowak & Coalcracker Bushcraft
Paracord Variety Shop
North X North
Stitched Gear Outfitters
North River Outdoors
Edged Tool Safety
Flint & Steel Fire Making
Ferro Rod Fire Making
First Aid Discussion
First Aid Discussion(for the kids)
Basic Plant ID
Hug-A-Tree (for the kids)
Viking Camp Display & Q/A
Norse Survival Skills
Natural Cooking/Kitchen Setup
Kubb (Viking bowling)
BOB Fishing Kit(for the kids)
Cane Fishing(for the kids)
Fire, Knots, & Knife Safety (for the kids)
Paracord Keychain Making(for the kids) Leather Working
Game Processing (not for the squeamish)
Brain Tanning (not for the squeamish)
Knife Competition Demo
Primitive Trap Making - Stephen Kinney
Flint Knapping - Snow Walker Outdoors & Guide Service
One 20'x 20' Camping Site
2 Adults tickets, 4 youth/child tickets, and 1 camping spot
The site of the gathering is a state owned property, and these are their rules for use. Plus, we want to keep the gathering fun and family friendly for all!
One of the great things about this community is that everyone is ready and willing to help out when needed! The Uitwaaien Bushcraft Gathering is no different; it wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. If you're looking to help out over the weekend, send us an email, and we'll see what help we still need. We currently have all the volunteers we need, but feel free to send an email still. If we end up needing some more help, we'll get a hold of you.
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