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TRAINING
AND EDUCATION

OVERALL PROGRAM FEATURES

Small Group Format

Half and full-day classes

Workshop Format

(e.g. 3-12 participants plus staff)

Qualified Instructors & assistant instructors

Educational Partners

SKILL-FOCUSED PROGRAM CONTENT

K9 Service Dog Program

Our veterans and first responders sacrifice and risk much to protect our freedoms, keep us safe an care for us when we need it most. The services they provide are so important and their presence has been deemed "essential" even when others are called to social distance or stay home altogether. Equally essential is·making sure veterans and first responders receive the best care available when they are in need. VVhether due to physical injury, emotional trauma or often times both, many of these individuals are being prescribed service dogs to aid in their recovery and long term care.

 

The increased need for service dogs has resulted in the dissemination of an extensive amount of misnformation regarding what tasks these dogs perform and how they are vetted, trained and certified. Some, looking to profit at the expense of those in need, offer credentials online certifying any dog as a service dog regardless of its training or temperament. Others, while offering dogs with excellent training and valid certifications, charge $30k to $40k for their service dogs making them cost prohibitive or completely unaffordable to many.

Equine Therapy

Gunny’s Ridge is proud to partner with Memories in the Makin’,  a 501C3 nonprofit organization offering equine therapy for people with disabilities and special needs, as well as veterans. We operate out of Sugar Run Stables in Avella PA.

 

Services offered include horseback riding and horsemanship lessons where riders will connect with the horse through groundwork. We believe the most important part of equine therapy is the connection between the horse and person. Through our program, each individual will learn horsemanship skills such as feeding, watering, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and leading. This will help each individual learn their horse’s routine and build a lasting connection.

Team Building / Leadership Training

Woodworking

Fieldcraft Workshops
 

Team building is a continuous process of enabling a group of people to reach their goals and improve their effectiveness through leadership and various exercises, activities, and techniques.

Services offered include horseback riding and horsemanship lessons where riders will connect with the horse through groundwork. We believe the most important part of equine therapy is the connection between the horse and person. Through our program, each individual will learn horsemanship skills such as feeding, watering, grooming, cleaning the stalls, and leading. This will help each individual learn their horse’s routine and build a lasting connection.

1 and 2 day team building workshops

Participants will work as teams in a variety of scenarios.  They will be challenged physically and mentally to overcome a variety of obstacles.

Multi-day Special Operations Orientation (2 x per year)

Participants will take part in a multi day exercise where they will be exposed to a shortened version of the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course. This course is designed for individuals who want to know what their physical and mental limits are.

• Courses will be 1 day per week for 6 weeks

• Focus will be on learning the basics of woodworking

• Students will learn the fundamentals of working safely with woodworking tools.

• Students will learn about the materials associated with different wood projects.

1 & 2 day classes

 

Land Navigation training

This one-day Land Navigation class will teach you the skills you need to navigate in a wilderness with a map, compass, and GPS. This class will include terrain features, compass use, reading maps, measuring distance, and pace count.

 

Advanced Land Navigation will test students in the field on basic and advanced land navigation courses.

 

Wilderness Medical Care (1 Day)
In the untamed beauty of the wilderness, where nature's challenges can be as unpredictable as they are unforgiving, it's essential to prepare for the unexpected. Our Wilderness First Aid course is your key to unlocking the skills and knowledge needed to survive and thrive in remote and potentially life-threatening environments.

 

Emergency Trauma Treatment | Medical

In critical moments, the ability to provide immediate and effective trauma care can mean the difference between life and death. Our Emergency Trauma Treatment Course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond confidently in emergencies. As step one in the Fieldcraft Medical Series, our instructors will teach you to master the fundamentals of treating trauma and managing the chaos that often accompanies an emergency. Learning best practices like sizing up a scene, conducting a patient assessment, and communicating with first responders will keep you on track for accomplishing the best outcomes for those injured. You will not only learn to identify an array of medical devices in your trauma kits but also how, when, and why to utilize them through hands-on practice. Learn a new skill, build confidence, and then train your family and friends because you are your own first responder.

Future Programs

Sustainable Agriculture Practices
Farming and gardening techniques

Animal Husbandry Practices
Care of goats, chickens and horses

Forest Management Practices

 

RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

Military Orienteering

Cross Country Skiing

Adventure / Endurance racing

Rappeling

Hiking

Horseback Riding

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