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 a ton of free presentations, seminars, and demonstrations.

  • 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 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!

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


The gathering will be held at:

Curtin Village
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.

-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.


Vendors and
Guest Speakers

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

2018 Special Guests

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!

2018 Vendors

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

Interested in being a vendor?
Vendor Agreement

2018 Instructors

Stephen Kinney
Mike Jackson
Dan Wowak & Coalcracker Bushcraft
Brian Manning
Rick Dunlap
Sandcut Outdoors
Alan Wertz
Jeff Sawyer
Survival Resources
Paracord Variety Shop
North X North
Foraging Beard
Stitched Gear Outfitters
Dwayne Unger
North River Outdoors

2018 Seminars/Discussions

Primitive Traps
Modern Trapping
Knife Sharpening
Edged Tool Safety
Flint & Steel Fire Making
Ferro Rod Fire Making
Thermoregulation Discussion
Cordage Making
Rope Making
First Aid Discussion
First Aid Discussion(for the kids)
Basic Plant ID
Wild Edibles
Medicinal Plants
Mushroom Walk
Hug-A-Tree (for the kids)
Viking Camp Display & Q/A
Norse Survival Skills
Natural Cooking/Kitchen Setup
Campfire Cooking
Kubb (Viking bowling)
Hammock Camping
Solar Fire
Knot Tying
Spoon Carving
Fabric Tools
Ultralight Gear
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
Friction Fire

2018 Advanced Workshops

Primitive Trap Making - Stephen Kinney

Flint Knapping - Snow Walker Outdoors & Guide Service

Misc Happenings

  • The first 50 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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Gathering Location Information

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    Curtin Village 251 Curtin Village Road, Howard, PA 16841

    • Tickets are required for the event. Sorry no walk-ins will be accepted.
    • No individual fires will be allowed.
    • 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.
    • There are also a few restaurants nearby.
    • Dinner Friday & Saturday evenings will be provided.
    • Bathrooms will be porta potty only.
    • There are no shower facilities on-site. However, there is a truck stop nearby with private showers
    • There is a stream nearby, but no drinking water. Potable water will be available for campers at no extra charge.
    • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on-site.
    • Sorry, no pets are allowed!
    • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Hotels Nearby for Non-Campers: Quality Inn (1.8 miles), Quality Inn (18.6 Miles), Hampton Inn (18.6 Miles)

2018 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

Email us at

Event Deadline

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

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!

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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