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Hello to All,

My name is Chappy and I started this website to help get the word out about two things I love: the great outdoors and helping people overcome obstacles they thought were impossible to deal with.

I was inspired by the joy my two sons had when I took them camping to start a program that would help people use skills which they learned in the woods in their everyday lives. I was a graduate of a program somewhat like what we do now that I went through as a teen.

My life was changed for the better when I went into the woods as a camper. I was put into a group with six other boys who had never met each other before and we were assigned a counselor who had the pleasure of our company in the wild for two whole weeks.

We learned things that city boys did not know, like how to fish with just a line, hook and a worm, which we had to find in the dirt. We learned how to start fires without matches, how to find water, use a compass, how to ride horses and most of all we learned that survival in the woods was no game, but a test of one’s skills. The one skill that I know was most important one taught to us was the ability to work together as a team to overcome some of the harshest country in the U.S.

Later in life I had more hands-on training in wilderness survival from some of the best in the business with the U.S. Military, and put my skills and training in the wild to work as a Wildland Firefighter for a few years on a hand crew in Northern California.

Now, I feel today more than ever before, that the same skills I learned in the woods gave me the leadership skills to be a success in my professional life as well as opening my eyes to the things that have become of interest to me. I love and respect the outdoors and anything wild.

My heritage is also Native American (Oglala, Lakota Sioux) and I feel a deep draw to the wilderness and doing what I can to help others see what beauty there is in it and how to respect it.

Now I want to pass on my skills to others who may have never had the chances that I have had and I want more people to see that life in the city may be hard, but life in the wilderness could kill you if you don’t know what you are doing. The skills you learn to stay alive in the wilderness relate so perfectly to everyday life. I am not saying that you will breakout with a bow drill and start a fire in your office, but you will be able to see things in such a different light that you may feel that you have been blind to the truths of everyday life.

A lot of the information on this survival site has come from either our own experiences and/or U.S. military manuals.

I hope that we get the chance to meet you all in the woods around the camp fire of the spirit.



  1. John Hamson says:

    Hey Chappy,
    Appreciate all that you guys do. I’m glad that my wife Staci is able to help contribute to NSS. We have been teaching our girls how to handle emergencies and how to survive when it does hit the fan. Keep going love reading your posts.


    • Chappy says:

      I am so glad that you and your wife have such an interest and have taken the steps to properly train up your girls so that they will have the skills and tools to survive. Staci, is and has been by far the most involved fan on our page since she first “Liked” the page and it was a very easy decision for me to add her to the N.S.S. Family. I am please to have you all here and Staci, Thank You for all of your hard work!

  2. George says:

    Chappy, i am glad that you are able to put some of these skills out there for others to learn. i am also glad that you are willing to go out and actually use these skills. i see so many talk the talk but all they are doing is just copying someone else.
    If I were only allowed one comment, it would be go out and practice these skills in controlled environments and then gradually make the conditions worse and worse until you can do them in all situations.
    Some one told me once when i was younger working a construction job after i told them I needed…….Any one can work in ideal conditions. True story. When I do my primitive skills I learn them first and then I practice them in less than ideal conditions. I once built a primitive fire in the rain forests of South east Alaska (don’t believe it, check out the annual rain fall for Ketchican and Petersburg Alaska). Was it hard, yes. But I practiced and practiced for it under many different conditions. My friend told me I would need a highway flare to get a fire going. Good posts. thanks for your work and your passion.

  3. tommy j eversole says:

    chappy i try to teach my kids every day how to be self reliant from proper use and care of fire arms, land nav,firestarting, preserving food like my grandpa showed me, i hope they pass these on when the time comes, i want to personally thank you for the diy projects you and the rest of the crew show and teach us how to do them, i by no means no all, but with your help im learning more every day, thank you!

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