Workshops & Excursions

Boy Scout Courses

True North also runs a series of workshops and excursions that are intended to provide a straightforward and easy opportunity to focus on some particular topic, issue, or skill in an informative, interactive, and fun way that will help you to more confidently explore your world.

Check out our current list of upcoming events:

I. Lecture:  “But It’s Just a Day-Hike” and Other Famous Last Words.

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School at the Outdoor Discovery Center and its hosts from the Armstrong Center for Community Learning to learn how you can better prepare to protect yourself and others during your next outdoor adventure.  During our talk, you will learn the same approach to survival that is taught in the U.S. military, as well as key priorities, tools, and resources to consider.  It’ll also offer you the opportunity to ask questions that will expand your appreciation of the natural world around you, as well as dispel popular myths and misconceptions.

Taught by experienced professionals who have worked with a diverse array of clients, from hikers, hunters, and paddlers to First Responders, this program is designed to help you to get outside and explore with confidence.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

To register, visit: TBA.

Here are the program details:

  • Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
  • Start / End Times: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Fee: TBA
  • Location: Outdoor Discovery Center — 142 Kerr Road, Ford City, Pennsylvania 16226
  • Minimum Age:  13 years old when accompanied by a parent.

II. Workshop: Fire Craft – A Knee-High Fire in Five Minutes in the Pouring Rain

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School at the Outdoor Discovery Center and its hosts from the Armstrong Center for Community Learning to learn how you can quickly and easily build an emergency fire in as little as five minutes, even when it’s raining!  During this hands-on program, you will learn about fire building techniques, gear, and other survival tips that will help to dispel many common myths and misconceptions.

This fun and easy program is intended, not only to help you to better protect yourself and others in the outdoors when help is delayed or unavailable, but to help you to get the most out of your next outdoor adventure.  Better yet, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the Winter afternoon sipping hot cocoa chatting with the True North and Armstrong Center staff.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

To register, visit: TBA

  • Date: Saturday, 11 February
  • Start / End Times: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Fee: TBA
  • Location:  Outdoor Discovery Center — 142 Kerr Road, Ford City, Pennsylvania 16226
  • Minimum Age:  13 years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 15
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

III. The Summit:  Alumni Appreciation Weekend

As True North celebrates more than 10 years serving clients from all around the country, our team wants to thank ALL of our terrific clients who made it possible.  So, we are hosting The Summit in the beautiful Laurel Highlands for you and a guest.  It is open to any alumni of any True North course … at absolutely no cost!

Our goal is to run this informal event as an opportunity for you to engage with other members of your outdoors community who share the same passion, be exposed to new skills (even refresh old ones), and, most importantly, have much fun in a relaxed setting.  We are planning event challenges (both solo and team); new activities (like knife and ax throwing); and even a camp cook-off!  Plus, you’ll have the chance to explore a bit on your own, whether on foot or mountain-bike.  And don’t feel like you need to stay for the entire event — you can certainly camp overnight or just spend a few hours with us.

As usual, if you just bring your needed gear and positive mental attitude, True North will work to take care of the rest!

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: 14-15 May 2022
  • Start / End Times: 10:00 a.m. Saturday until 12:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Absolutely none!
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy & Relaxed

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, basic gear, etc.

IV. Workshop:  Wilderness Medicine Provider Refresher Training

You’ve received training in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder?  That’s great, because you know that when someone is sick or injured in the outdoors simply dialing 9-1-1 isn’t always an option.  But there’s a problem … Even though the standard certification period is two years, studies have shown that most WFAs and WFRs begin to forget essential parts of their training within the first 3-6 months!  After all, first aid is a perishable skill … If you don’t use it, you lose it.

So join our instructors, who are emergency medicine professionals with substantial front-country and wilderness experience, for this 3-hour workshop designed to refresh your patient assessment and related skills, then run you through a series of training scenarios.  That way, you’ll be again ready to provide the best care anywhere!

This program is open to any trained WFA or WFR provider from any school.  Please note that this workshop does not provide recertification.

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: Next date TBA
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $75
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park, Indiana Township, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, basic gear, etc.

V. Guided Day-Hike:  Quebec Run Wild Area

Are you interested in a walk in the woods in one of Pennsylvania’s best kept wilderness secrets?  Then join instructors from True North as we explore a portion of the 7,441 acres of Quebec Run Wild Area that few do.  During our time together, you’ll see an example of the old growth forest first documented by colonial surveyors in 1767, remnants of early settlers to the region, and, best of all, enjoy the natural beauty of the hemlock, maple, and mountain laurel that is home to deer, turkeys, bears, chipmunks, and countless beautiful birds.

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: Next date TBA
  • Start / End Times: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $25
  • Location: Forbes State Forest, Gibbon Glade, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Moderate to Strenuous

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, basic gear, etc.

VI. Workshop:  The Survival Shelter – How to Keep Yourself 98.6°

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School at Hartwood Acres County Park, conveniently located just fifteen minutes North of Downtown Pittsburgh, to learn how you can better deal with emergencies by crafting an emergency shelter, in as little as 30 seconds to as long as 25 minutes, that is both wind-proof, water-proof, and warm.  During this program, you will learn how to tie key knots, how to improvise shelter materials, what gear to consider, plus get a chance to ask questions and dispel common survival misconceptions.

This easy 3-hour program will be a great introduction to gaining the confidence that you need to better protect yourself and others when help is delayed or unavailable.

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

To register, just visit our Schedule and click on the listed program date.

  • Date: Next date TBA
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $75
  • Location: Hartwood Acres County Park, Indiana Township, Pennsylvania
  • Minimum Age:  15 Years old when accompanied by a parent.
  • Group Limit: 10
  • Level of Physical Difficulty:  Easy

After registering for the course, students will receive a detailed course information sheet that will contain all of the applicable details, including exact location, driving directions, basic gear, etc.