FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Q. Will I need special gear or equipment?
A. Sometimes. Some courses have different requirements so please check the gear description link located on each training description page. Most items required should be a small expenditure. We also have some items for loan, so our students can mitigate the cost of courses. Our courses are designed to help students learn to do more with less.
Q. How do I register for a course?
A. Click here to register for a course or click here to register for our events. From the main training or events page, choose a course or event by selecting “Click here for full descriptions and course dates.” Every course or event will have a full description, gear list, cost, and date. Click the "book now" button to register.
Q. Where are you located?
A. The address for The Woodsrunner School of Self Reliance is 2664 Stomp Springs Rd. Clinton, SC 29325. We reside within the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.
Q. What if there is bad weather?
A. We will only cancel a course if the weather is deemed detrimental to personal safety (such as high winds, lightning, or tornadoes). We check weather well in advance of the course and will let you know 24 hours in advance if we have to cancel the course. You will receive a raincheck or a credit that will be good for redemption within 6 months of the canceled course.
Q. Is there an age limit to enroll in courses?
A. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate in any activities without a legal guardian present. The minimum age for participants in any Woodsrunner School scheduled courses is 10 years of age. For more information or specific questions about the course requirements for younger students, email us @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do You have a Youth Program?
A. We do offer youth classes in collaboration with Union County, SC 4-H.
Q. How demanding are your courses?
A. Demanding enough to promote success! The Woodsrunner School is not a military style boot-camp, nor is it a place for wilderness romantics. We take a realistic approach to the outdoors by combining knowledge, skills, and experience along with modern methods and techniques to teach students how to thrive in any outdoor situation.
While all our courses are educational, some are very demanding. However, through all of them, we add a good dose of fun that gives our students a great sense of achievement. We emphasize participation, not sightseeing. Many of the courses are accompanied by hands-on practical experience, which also contributes to our students’ high success rate and enjoyment.
Q. Do I need to have prior experience?
A. Not at all! You do not need any prior experience to take our courses. The only prerequisites are listed in some of the courses. In order to progress, you must complete each course in order. However, some students who have prior experience may advance without being required to complete the entire course or phase before advancing. If you have further questions about qualifying for an advanced course, email @email@example.com.
Q. What will I be eating?
A. Each course description includes a meal checklist. Some of our courses may be away from base camp and may require students to pack their meals in.
Q. Can I bring my firearm?
A. Firearms are not prohibited as long as you abide by all SC State & Federal Laws. Guns should remain concealed at all times.
Q. Can I bring alcohol?
A. Alcohol is not permitted during courses for obvious safety reasons. However, mild consumption is acceptable in designated areas after course hours following all area laws and regulations. We strongly advise students to use moderation and good judgment.
Q. Will we be fishing, hunting, and trapping?
A. We teach methods of fishing, hunting, and trapping during certain courses. We follow all state game and fishing laws and require all students to have a valid state license during these courses.
Q. What are your sanitary facilities?
A. We have a basic primitive style camp with multiple composting toilets. We find this more environmentally friendly than digging latrines and infinitely more comfortable. During multiple day courses, we do offer a hot shower. Each student is responsible for their own hygiene necessities such as toilet paper, biodegradable soap, washcloths, and towels.
Q. How big are your course sizes?
A. Our courses sizes range from 5 to 12 with an instructor ratio of 1:6 or fewer. Expectations for numbers of students are stated on each individual course description.
Q. What is your Health and Safety protocol?
A. It is the student’s responsibility to let us know if there are any health restrictions or allergies before taking the course. We follow several safety standards and protocols to ensure the safety of our students.
Q. Do I have to camp?
A. Sometimes. Some of our backcountry courses require camping, but other courses and events do not require it. If you do have to leave for any reason, please inform an instructor or a member of the staff before you do, for safety reasons. If you require assistance getting back to your vehicle, our staff is happy to assist you.
Q. Can I bring my cell phone or other electronic devices?
A. While we cannot restrict the presence of cell phones during courses, we ask that students limit the use of them, placing them on silent or airplane mode to limit distractions.
Q. What if I can’t make it to a scheduled course?
A. We understand that emergencies happen. Should the need arise to cancel for any reason contact us as soon as possible. Due to the cost of materials, other costs, and having a limited number of spaces open for each class is a 30% fee for all cancellations.
30 days before a course begins - 70% refund with a 30% cancellation fee
29 days to 16 days before a course begins - 50% refund
15 days or less before the course begins - no refund
No refunds on guest instructor courses