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2017 Heartland/MidWest Get Together - Part 2

When - Sept. 18th-24th (put it on your calendar NOW)

Where - Lake Perry KS, G2 campsite (same place that the 2016 Get Together was held)

Who - All SB members in good standing from KS, MO IA, NE CO, TX, OK, AR and TN are invited to attend. Actually, any SB member that can drive/fly/run/walk/crawl there are welcome Please note, due to capacity limits on the venue, there is only space for 100 attendees to camp.

Why - The purpose of the get together is to bring like minded individuals from the Heartland/Midwest region together to meet face to face. There will be classes given (more on that later) and time to socialize and make connections. Attendees will be able utilize the campground all week long, or just attend one or more days of classes, if they wish.

Why is this "Part 2" you ask? Well, in April a get together was held at Pomme De Terre Lake, MO. It rained buckets all week long. To say it dampened attendance is an understatement. There were about 100 members that said they were going. With their family members, guests and friends there were between 150-200 people expect. Only 21 souls braved the rains and frigid temperatures. As we were sitting around the camp fire on the final night, it was decided that we'd like to give it a second (albeit less ambitious) try in the fall, So, here we are.

We are still working out the details, so this is only the first announcement regarding this event. More details will be forth coming concerning the classes and activities, agenda, venue directions and details, and more. So please, check back to this thread often, as we are going to try and update everyone as much as possible on how things are progressing. If you are certain you wish to attend, and don't mind giving up an email address, you can PM with your SB name (or what ever "nom-de-prep" you wish to use) and email, and we will put you on a mailing list that will be used get info out more directly and discreetly than posts on the SB.
 

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2017 Heartland/MidWest Get Together - Part 2
Classes and Activities Overview

The Class Schedule
From experience, even though we have the site reserved for a week, many people don't arrive until Thursday or Friday. With that in mind, the planners decided that we would not "officially" start holding classes until Friday morning*. That gives us four 2-hours blocks of instruction on Fri and Sat, and 1 on Sun morning. Each block of instruction will be divided into an 1 1/2 hour class/demonstration, and a 1/2 hour "Hip-pocket training" session. This setup potentially gives us a total of 18 hours of training/demonstrations on 18 different topics that can be covered between Friday and Sunday.

Scheduled Classes
We are still putting together the list of classes that will be offered. If you would like to give a class, or have an idea, let us know and we will figure out how to work it in to the schedule. Right now, some of the possibilities we are throwing about are:
  • Cast Iron Cooking (B has already graciously agreed to head up this class, so it's on the schedule)
  • Protien Production On The Homestead (aka "Protien for the Apocalypse")
  • Purchasing a Bugout/Prepper Property; A Realtor's Perspective
  • Hardening Your Home
  • Intro To Bee Keeping
  • Pressure Canning Meat
  • A Solar Power Primer - Classic Solar Generator
  • Suturing
If you were scheduled to present a class this spring and didn't get give it, or if you gave one and would like to present it to a (hopefully) larger audience, let us know. Chances are we'll be contact you about it, too. Some of the topics from this spring included:
  • Land Navigation
  • Essential Oils
  • Home Brewing
  • Intro To Amron
  • Permaculture in the Defense
  • Communications Security
Let us know if any of the ideas above are of interest, or you can give a class on a topic not listed and we will get them on the agenda.

Finally, we are also working at getting some guest speakers and special trainers to attend the event and fill some of the class slots. We are really excited about these. If schedules align, time permits, and everything works out, these sessions are going to be really special and will be the stuff of conversation for some time to come.

"Hip-pocket Training"
For those that don't know; "Hip-pocket training" is a military term. Any time a unit has down time, impromptu training sessions are held with whatever training material that a leader is carrying in their "hip-pocket". Hence the name. For our purposes, these sessions are going to be an opportunity for someone to get up and give a short class of their choice. Any topic (related to the weekend and within reason) is fair game. It's a chance for people to get outside their comfort zone and work on some cognitive and practical skills which could help them in times of need, or emergency. If someone wants to give a "hip-pocket" class, but can't think of anything, we are making some canned classes that they can choose from. If people don't want to partake in these training sessions, the 1/2 hour can be spent using the facilities, socializing, grabbing something to eat or drink; whatever, before the next class starts.

Other Activities
As always, there will be other activities on the agenda. Each night's campfire will start with a meet and greet for people new to the gathering. Friday night we'll pull out Conflicted as we sit around the campfire relaxing. Saturday's dinner will be a potluck. We plan on having the dishes made during the Cast Iron Cooking class be entrees, sides and deserts for the potluck. Then Bartertown will be open for business. Bring what ever it is you want to trade (no cash allowed) and start haggling away. We'll finish Sat around the campfire socializing and going over the events of the past few days. Sun, we'll get a late start and have a devotional for those that want to partake, followed by closing remarks and administrative tasks.

We also have some special activities on tap. As a group, we encourage parents to bring their children, no matter their ages. We want this to be a family friendly event. We are developing activities geared towards any children that would be attending. Things like rock painting for the younger ones to fire making and 550 cord bracelet making for the older ones. If you are attending with a child, let us know and we'll make sure that there is something planned for them. We'd also like to have a leisure activity for the adults, aside from lounging around the campfire; not that that is a bad thing, mind you. If there is a desire, maybe we can set up pick up games of Hill-Billy golf,horse-shoes or corn hole for some head to head competition and bragging rights. Let us know if that is of any interest, or if you have any ideas for other activities and we'll plan for them.

Of course, attendees are free to come and go and they please. They can and partake in as many, or as few of the classes and activities as they wish. We think that if you want to walk away with the best possible experience, you should partake in as many of the offered classes and activities as possible. The weekend will be over before you know it, if you immerse yourself in the event. I'll be posting an agenda with the dates and class slots in the next day, or two. As we get people filling class slots and find out about any special guest speakers and/or trainers we'll update the agenda and let everyone know.

* - Please note any schedule or agenda we make is not set in stone. Rainmaggedon showed us that flexibility and good humor are key ingredients to something like this. If the interest is there, and it looks like enough will attend classes to make them worth while, the "official" start of classes and the get together will be moved to earlier in the week. It would be awesome if we had enough attendees and presenters to start classes on Monday. As it is, we feel comfortable kicking classes off on Friday morning.
 

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2017 Heartland/MidWest Get Together - Part 2
Schedule and Activities
Here's what's on the agenda for the Get Together, so far. I'll be updating this post with new information and notifying everyone as it comes in. I'm also going to try and get some class descriptions posted, so everyone knows what is they are about. Please note; as stated before, times and classes are subject to change, depending on scheduling, participation and availability.

Thursday, Sept. 21st
12 Noon to 3:00pm
Check In Opens and set up camp
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Instructional Block** and Camp Set-Up
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Cocktail Hour and Dinner
8:00pm - Whenever
Campfire Circle (Introductions***)


Friday, Sept. 22nd
8:00am to 10:00am
"Protein Production On The Homestead (aka "Protein for the Apocalypse)" - by GAllard **
10:00am to 12 Noon
“Solar Power Generation” by Hancock 67**
12 Noon to 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Instructional Block**
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Instructional Block**
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Cocktail Hour and Dinner
8:00pm - Whenever
Campfire Circle (Introductions*** and Conflicted)


Saturday, Sept 23rd

8:00am to 10:00am
“Instructional Block **
“Using a Roman Level” by GAllard (30 minutes)
10:00am to 12 Noon
“Buying a Bug Out/ Homestead Location: A Realtor's Perspective" by Swim-Bow
12 Noon to 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm
“Pressure Canning Meat” by Hancock67 **
“Bullet Casting Demonstration” by Snug (30 minutes)
3:00pm to 5:00pm
"Cast Iron Care and Cooking"** by B**
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Potluck Dinner
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bartertown
8:00pm* - Whenever
Campfire Circle (Introductions***, Conflicted and free form discussion)


Sunday, Sept. 24th (Late Start)
10:00am to 11:00am
Devotional for those who wish to attend
11:00am
Administrative Tasks and Break Camp (Any remaining drawings that may take place, clean-up, information exchanges, etc)

**- An instructional block contains a 1.5 hour class of instructions and a .5 hour hip-pocket training session.

*** - 1st timers to the Campfire Circle are encouraged to give a brief introduction of themselves and tell the group a bit of why they decided to come. You can maintain as much op-sec as you desire."
 

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Hey gallard/hancock,

I'll be available Saturday or Sunday to do a demonstration on bullet casting. It's a fairly short demonstration, I might need a half-hour or so. Saturday at ~14:15 or so would be fine, if you like, and I can quit whenever B's presentation at 15:00 is ready to go.

We'll skip home brewing this time--I might could give a brief hip-pocket session on this if anyone's interested.

Let me know what you think,
Snug
 

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Everyone, things are beginning to take shape. We added some classes/demonstrations to the schedule, today. Topics added were:
  • “Solar Power Generation” by Hancock 67
  • “Using a Roman Level” by yours truly (30 minutes)
  • “Pressure Canning Meat” by Hancock67
  • “Bullet Casting Demonstration” by Snug (30 minutes)

Go up to to the Agenda/Schedule post and take a look for date and time for each of the classes. Things are coming to together and there are some really good classes being added to the agenda.

Once again, if you are planning to attend, let us know. Also, if you would like to teach a class contact either Hancock67 or myself and we'll work you in to the lineup. You know, we would really like to be able to come before you and be able to say, "We have so many classes lined up, we are moving the opening/check in day to Wednesday!" If we have people teaching classes, people will come. Let's see if we can make it happen.
 

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2017 Heartland/MidWest Get Together - Part 2
Give Aways and Incentives

This is an exciting announcement for us. We've been working hard to find either cash or in kind donations. We've approached businesses and like minded people around the KC and Topeka areas. We've already had several step up and provide support for the event. Because of this, we are going to be able to give away door prizes and such, throughout the event. We've already gotten some really neat prizes and the stack is growing. At least one of the prizes is only available to people who attend a certain class. The connection will be obvious when you see it.

The thing is, if you want to be eligible to win a prize, you must participate. The more you participate the greater your chances of winning something. To this end, we've come up with a way to reward participation*. Right now, the way you get entries is by:

  • 1 Entry for each night you camp out (starting on opening night)
  • 1 Entry for each instructional block you attend
  • 2 Entries for each class you teach
  • 1 Entry for participating in Bartertown on Saturday (that means actually trading something, not just looking)

If you know of a business, or person, who you think might be interested in supporting us, let me know via PM. I will get a copy of our fundraising letter so you can approach them with information on who we are and what we are trying to do.

* - We are going to have to limit entries to people 12 yrs and older. The younger kids are going to get walk away gifts from the activities we will have set up for them.
 

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Cool news.; we've added a couple of classes that will be taking place on Friday Sept. 22nd. Instructors from F.I.R.E. Defensive Skills, L.L.C. (http://www.firedefensive.com), will be giving a couple of classes. There is a fee for the classes; we have been able to negotiate a substantial discount from the normal price, though. The classes that will be given are:
  • 21 Feet Or Less, Pistol Retention (cost $30/person) - Engaging a target at 21 feet or less.
  • Gun-fighting Around Vehicles (cost $35/person) - How to deal with the realistic possibility of being in your vehicle during a shooting type event.

Both classes are non-firearms classes and will be taught with Air Soft guns (no firearms allowed in training area during the classes, please). They will use Force on Force training in order to give participants a semi-realistic look at what each entails in real life. That means you get to shoot other class members during training and they get to shoot back; all in a safe manner.

Unfortunate, each class is restricted to a maximum 20 people each. Participation will be first come first served. We've already got 8 people committed to each class, with 4 or 5 more seriously considering. So, be sure to respond on this thread, or by PM to me to reserve a space.

Friday's schedule now looks like this

Friday Sept. 22nd
08:00 AM to 12 Noon - 21 Feet Or Less, Pistol Retention
12 Noon - 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Gun-fighting Around Vehicles
5:00 PM to Whenever - Dinner and Campfire

Pay close attention to this thread, because we'll be posting a revised class schedule soon. Because of all the classes we've been able to schedule, we've been able to push the official check in up to Thursday Morning with the real possibility that it may move to Wednesday some time as more classes come on line.
 

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I wonder if anyone made youtube videos while they were at this event. Does anyone have an after action report on how this went?
 

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No videos

I wonder if anyone made youtube videos while they were at this event. Does anyone have an after action report on how this went?
Sorry, we didn't get video. In respect for the attendees anonymity, we haven't done pictures or video yet. But I've never been more tempted than with the tactical training classes on Friday and the suture class on Sat., was note worthy as well!

I've added you to my contacts, we will certainly keep you posted on the spring event.

Thank you
 
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