Welcome to Uitwaaien®

Central Pennsylvania's annual bushcraft gathering!

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The Event

What it's all about!


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!

  • You'll have access to free presentations, seminars, and demonstrations on topics in survival, bushcraft, wilderness/outdoor/primitive skills.

  • There will also be advanced, hands-on workshops (there may be an extra fee for the instructor/materials for the advanced workshops)($).

  • There will be vendors and craftsman selling their outdoor/survival related products and passing on the knowledge they've gained over the years.

  • You'll be able to meet new people that have the same interests as you, form bonds that will last a lifetime, and maybe even pick up a little knowledge while you're at it!

  • You can fill your weekend with as much or as little as you want!

  • If it's related to the outdoors, we probably have it!

  • Tickets are required for the event. Sorry no walk-ins will be accepted.


The gathering will be held at:

West. Clinton Sportmen Assoc.
161 Sportsmen Ln
North Bend, PA 17760

The location is located 30 minutes north of Lock Haven on route 120 west.

Camping will be available if you want to stay on-site. You can add-on a camping spot when purchasing your ticket.

Hyner Run State Park is nearby and has Rv and tenting sites.


Check in starts at 1:00 pm on Thursday September 26, 2019.

Event runs through noon on Sunday September 29, 2019.

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.

-Brian G.

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!

-Greg C.

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.

-George S.

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.

-Marc L.


The 411

Here are some of the great activities that
will be happening all weekend long!

2019 Vendors

Dan Wowak - Dan's signature survival items and more!
The Flying Axe LLC - Axe and Tomahawk Throwing Booth, Stickers & Patches
Chieftain Forge - Hand Forged Knives, Hooks, Clasps, Strikers and more cold, hard steel stuff!
Campcraft Outdoors - Custom outdoor bags, Waxed canvas and Knives
North x North - Kerchiefs and Neck Gaiters Hand sewn and made in the good ol' US of A!
Paracord Variety Shop - Awesome handmade paracord creations and jewlery!
Aulë Greenwood Carver and Blacksmith Hand Carved Items
Running Wolf Trading Post Handmade Pouches & Bags Also Taking Custom Orders for Moccasins/Quivers
Andy Robertson Outdoors Handmade Leather Danglers & Sheaths
Doug Meyer Handmade Primitve Weapons & Items
Practical Primitive Books, DVDs, Tinctures, Soaps, Salves, and More

Interested in being a vendor?
Vendor Agreement

2019 Instructors

Stephen Kinney
Jim Moore
The Coalcracker Bushcraft Crew
Sandcut Outdoors
Jeff Sawyer
Paracord Variety Shop
North X North
Dwayne Unger
Chieftain Forge
Campcraft Outdoors
The Flying Axe
Doug Meyer
Lone Woodsman
Pass It on Wilderness Skills (John Dosch)
Nature Reliance School
Practical Primitive

2019 Seminars/Discussions

Primitive Traps
Modern Trapping
Knife Sharpening
Edged Tool Safety
Notch Carving
Thermoregulation Discussion
Cordage Making
Rope Making
First Aid Discussion
Basic Plant ID
Wild Edibles
Medicinal Plants
Spoon Carving
Axe Throwing
History of Tomahawks
Primitive Blowguns
Stone Age Survival
Primitive Fishing
Making and Using Birch Oil/Tar
Cave/Primitive Painting
Bushcraft Crayons
Soap Making
Animal Tracking
Friction Fire
Flint Knapping
Blowguns (for the kids)
Solar Fire (for the kids)
Paracord Keychain Making(for the kids) Game Processing (not for the squeamish)
Brain Tanning (not for the squeamish)

2019 Advanced Workshops

Primitive Trap Making ($5)- Stephen Kinney
First Aid Certification Class ($25)- Campcraft Outdoors
Blowgun Dart Making ($20)- Doug Meyer

Misc Happenings

  • The first 30 to sign-up will receive a swag bag full of great stuff donated by our sponsors! Be sure to check them out!
  • We will have drawings for door prizes throughout the weekend. You'll receive your door prize tickets at registration.
  • There will be separate drawings throughout the weekend for the 12 and under kids. Along with lots of great things for the kids to do all weekend long!

Event Ticket Options

Don't Miss the Family Package Deal!



Weekend Pass


  • +Attend any of the free seminars
  • +Opportunity to register for advanced workshops($)
  • +Dinner on Friday & Saturday
  • +Add on up to four kids 12 & under for free when buying your adult ticket!
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Weekend Pass


  • +Attend any of the free seminars
  • +Register (with an adult) for advanced workshops($)
  • + Dinner on Friday & Saturday
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One 20'x 20' Camping Site

  • +Primitive camping only, no RVs
  • +Camping fee is per site, not per person
  • +Sorry no open fires at campsites
  • +Cook stoves are allowed
  • +Cowboy coffee in the mornings
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Family Weekend Pass


2 Adults tickets, 4 youth/child tickets, and 1 camping spot

  • +Bring the whole family without breaking the bank.
  • +Enjoy all the same benefits as the regular weekend tickets with camping included at a lower price
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Pre-Order Your
Uitwaaien T-shirt

$10.00 S-M

$12.00 L-2XL

$14.00 3XL-4XL

  • +Actual shirt color will be different than pictured!
  • +You are pre-ordering a shirt. Shirts will NOT be available before the gathering.
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Gathering Location Information

    • The gathering will be held at: The Western Clinton Sportmen Assoc. 161 Sportsmen Ln, North Bend, PA 17760
    • Tickets are required for the event. Sorry no walk-ins will be accepted.
    • Individual fires will be allowed, but the number might be limited.
    • There will be a communal cooking fire, and a nightly campfire.
    • We will try to accommodate your preference for campsite, but all spots are first come, first served.
    • Dinner Friday & Saturday evenings will be provided.
    • There are also a few restaurants nearby.
    • There are bathrooms onsite along with porta potty.
    • There are primitive shower facilities on-site. There is also a state park nearby with a bathhouse. See park for cost.
    • There is a stream nearby and drinking water from a well.
    • If you have any concerns of drinking water from a private well, please bring drinking water with you.
    • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on-site.
    • Sorry, no pets are allowed!
    • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

2019 Sponsors

Sponsors help keep the costs of the gathering down and also give us the opportunity to offer some great items in the swag bags!
Don't forget to visit them!


Questions and Answers

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Event Deadline

Registration will open 2/1/19 for last years attendees.
Registration will open to the public on 3/1/19

Why can't I bring my pet, RV, beer, etc.?

The site of the gathering is a privately owned property, and these are their rules for use. Plus, we want to keep the gathering fun and family friendly for all!

What can I do to help?

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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