April 24-26, 2019 | OZARKS

Flintlock is the survival event you can’t miss! Join Flint & Steel’s network of world-class instructors to learn a variety of emergency survival and primitive skills. Bringing together experience gained from decades of teaching in a variety of different environments and backgrounds, this is an opportunity to learn from a the diverse group of survival schools and instructors who make up Flint & Steel. This year’s event will have 3 tracks – a general track, primitive skills and emergency skills.  

Reviews from Flintlock II

Michael M.
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It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot. The event got me excited about learning more survival skills. Looking forward to participating in the primitive track next year. I enjoyed every part of the event. My favorite instructors were Joel Graves, Matt Tate, Nicole Apelian, and Dave Meade. My favorite classes were Firecraft, trapping, herbal medicine, and bow making. I don't have anything else that I can think of for improving. I enjoyed every minute of the event. Getting to know all the instructors was really awesome. Everyone was so down to earth and eager to teach.
Michael S.
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I received a transfusion of life. The atmosphere of peace, comradery, and enjoyment was remarkable. I arrived before daylight on friday and when the sun came up on that Arkansas beautiful countryside I was mesmerized. Man what a truly awesome weekend. These guys n gals went all out. There was such an atmosphere of life, peace, and enjoyment words just really wouldn't do it justice. It was such a personal treat to go to sleep hearing in the distance the guitar playing and people laughing. I met such fine folks and everyone so eager to talk and share. What they shared was a piece of themselves. It was humbling to see such good, real, true spirited people all gathered together.
Candace M.
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I enjoyed the events I attended. I especially loved the trauma medicine.
Bill O.
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I would return because the training was great! I really loved learning about primitive and modern fire. The camping area was nice.
Suzann H.
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The instructors were all so extremely knowledgeable, so skillful and so passionate about their craft and excelled at teaching what they knew to others. The setting was gorgeous and so peaceful. Above all, I enjoyed the camaraderie with so many fine people.
Rodger S.
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The learning opportunities are amazing. The instructors were awesome and had down to earth attitudes!


Day 1 - Friday, April 24, 2020

Time General
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration and Camp Set Up
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM American Survival Co. - Build A Bamboo Horse Bow Workshop (Must Register Separately - Click Here)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Fire Competition & First Ceremonial Fire
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Campfire Reception with Music

Day 2 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

Time General Track 1 - Emergency Survival Track 2 - Primitive Survival
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM Tomahawk Competition
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Emergency Survival, Joshua Enyart, Gray Bearded Green Beret
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fire Craft Primitive Shelters
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Break for Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Atlatl Competition
1:35 PM - 2:35 PM Modern Shelters Primitive Fire
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Water Procurement Primitive Pottery
3:55 PM - 4:55 PM Trapping Primitive Containers & Water Procurement
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Campfire & Break for Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, April 26, 2020

Time General Track 1 - Emergency Survival Track 2 - Primitive Survival
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM Bow & Arrow Competition
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Dr. Nicole Apelian - Joy, Life, Survival: Why Primitive Skills Are So Important to Life
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wild Edible & Medicinal Herbs Primitive Basketry
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Break for Lunch & Raffle for Door Prizes
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wilderness First Aid Primitive Navigation
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Signaling Atlatls & Darts / Green Bows & Arrows
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM Land Navigation Flintknapping
4:40 PM - 6:00 PM Event Close & Departure

Event Instructors

Joshua Enyart - Gray Bearded Green Beret

Joshua Enyart is a former Army Ranger and Green Beret who teaches Emergency and Tactical Survival, Bushcraft, and Preparedness. He is the owner and lead Instructor for Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group, LLC, and is an Instructor for the Pathfinder School, LLC. He specializes in the Eastern Woodlands from the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY down through the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia to the Coast of North Carolina.

Joel Graves - Former EOD Naval Special Warfare

Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden.

Matt Tate - Former Army Combat Engineer

Matt's love of survival started as young kid growing up in a Cherokee community where the old ways of hunting, fishing and bushcraft of the Native American culture are still cherished. His survival experience is matched by his tactical experience; serving as an Army Engineer in Fallujah, Matt encountered heavy combat. He then went on to serve with the Oklahoma Military Dept, Employment Security Commission and the Executive Branch of the US Govt.


Dr. Nicole Apelian - 5th Season of Alone

Nicole’s passions range from living and teaching wilderness living skills (fire, water, shelter, trapping, foraging, etc.) to prepping/emergency preparedness to her deep knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal medicine. Nicole connected with nature at an early age and her first exposure to true wilderness living began while working as a field biologist in Botswana in the mid 90s. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in Southern Africa and immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life. Already having a Master’s degree in biology, she later completed her doctorate while working with the San Bushmen. After developing strong relationships within the tribe, Nicole learned many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.

Offgrid Medic Mark Dejong

Mark DeJong - Paramedic & Offgrid Medic

Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 22 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Georgia Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshals Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia.

Phillip Liebel - Primitive Wilderness Survival

Phillip specializes in primitive shelters, friction fire, water procurement and purification (specifically without containers), primitive traps and snares, primitive cordage making, primitive archery and hunting, primitive fishing, fish traps, natural fish poisons, wild edible and medicinal plants, flintknapping, and stone age living skills in general. He is the founder of the Traditional Cherokee Archery group and has spent countless hours studying the Cherokee’s living skills prior to European contact. He understands the importance of living with the land and not off the land.

Rick Spicer Pack Rat

Rick Spicer - Pack Rat Outdoor Center

For more than 20 years, Rick has traveled through the back country through various means and has operated as an SPI instructor for the AMGA, carrying several wilderness medicine certs from WFA to WFR and has taught bushcraft and backcountry travel skills through his shop in Fayetteville, AR the Pack Rat. He is also the director of a bushcraft adventure race called the Brewha Bushwhack. When I’m not working I like traditional bow hunting, fishing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and backpacking.

David Mead - Mead Longbows

Dave has been a craftsman and artist since childhood. He always felt a tight relationship with nature and everything it provides. When he decided to hunt to provide food for his quickly growing family, he wanted to do it as spiritually respectful as possible. Since he had been a woodworker and mechanically trained for many years, he decided to try his hand at bow making. His first attempt was a success and he was hooked.  He felt an immediate connection with his roots and what he was meant to do. He likes a challenge and learning as he goes where others have not. 


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Camping & Accommodations: Primitive camping is included in the ticket price. There will be a large field for attendees to set up tents. There is no electric / water hook-ups at the campsite and it is not RV accessible. We highly recommend bringing tick spray and treating your clothes with Permethrin before hand.

Tent camping will be located within walking distance of vehicle parking. Camping next to vehicles will not be an option due to limited parking, however camping in vehicles is fine.

If you would like to utilize an RV, we recommend these nearby RV parks:
Closest RV campgrounds is Prairie Creek https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232680

There are other RV parks in the area but the distance is much farther. For a list of other campgrounds in the area please visit nw arkansas rv campgrounds

Personal campfires are prohibited. There will be a large main camp fire pit that will be
available for use throughout the weekend for cooking, boiling water, enjoyment, and firecraft.

Camp Quiet Hours – 10:00 pm – 6:00 am

Restroom Facilities: Portable toilets will be available at the Flintlock event for guests. We will not have portable showers available.

Food & Beverages: Food and beverages are not included in the event ticket. We ask attendees to plan on bringing their own food and water for the event. We will have water jugs available to refill water bottles and bottled water for sale. We are working to secure food vendor for the event as well and will update everyone if we are able to do so. We do plan to offer a small continental breakfast to attendees with cereals and fruit.

There is a restaurant located approximately 2 miles from the site that offers breakfast and lunch: https://wareaglemill.com/bean-palace/
Breakfast:Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Lunch: Every day from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Rain or Shine: Event goes on

Firearms Policy: Arkansas is an open carry state. We support the second amendment and your right to carry but ask that at this event you either carry concealed or store your gun safely locked in your vehicle.

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