Course Preparation

If You’re Coming To The Field School, Start Here To Get Your Questions Answered

On this page you will find the details necessary to get you ready for your field school course, including information about food and meals, gear lists, and general life at the field school. We strongly recommend that everyone participating in a Jack Mountain Bushcraft School program also join our private online community at There you can start the journey early by taking online courses, interact and ask questions on our forum, join a private group for your course and get information on rides, carpooling, etc.

Gear Lists

The clothing and gear that you bring, in extreme cold or other dangerous weather conditions, can impact your personal safety and also that of the group. For safety reasons the school may limit or not allow your participation in certain activities if you are without proper clothing or gear.

The more experience you have, the more you probably have your own ideas about gear and what works for you. The less experience you have, the closer you should follow our recommendations.

About Life At The Field School

  • About The Field School. On this page you will find information regarding the systems we use at the field school, including composting system, dry toilet system, wells and water systems, bathing, etc.
  • Food, Meals And Cooking

Academic Work And Student Documentation

A video primer on how we manage academic work and documentation during long programs is available here: JMB Vlog 116: How We Manage The Academic Side Of Our Professional Training Programs.

Book Lists

Travel Information

Pre-Program Paperwork

Before the start of each course or trip all participants are required to fill out and sign both the Liability Release Form and the Acknowledgement Of Risk Form, linked below. For long-term programs, you will also be required to fill out a medical history which we will provide upon registration.
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JMB Blog & Media Hub
Home to our blog, videos, podcast and photos, going back to 2006.

JMBS Calendar
All of our upcoming events.

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Anything that appears to be an error in spelling or grammar is actually the author’s clever use of the vernacular, and as such is not an error, but rather a carefully placed literary device demonstrating prodigious artistic prowess.

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