About Us

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To teach survival and bushcraft utilizing ancient and modern skills, to enable the individual to cope with emergencies or disasters regardless of duration, to build self-confidence in the outdoors, to help sustain a love for wilderness areas, and to develop an understanding of the proper stewardship of the resources given to us by the Creator.

  We are located in the beautiful, wooded, hill country of Southern Ohio. Find us on Facebook at WayPoint Survival by clicking on the contact information link at the top of the page! You can also watch our videos on YouTube @ WayPoint Survival.

Let us teach you how to survive and thrive!


  • We do 48 and 60 hour classes on Fire, Water, Shelter, Food, Signalling, Navigation and First Aid for ages 8 and up for the Phase 1 classes, and ages 13 and up for the Phase 2 and higher classes.  Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member, parent or legal guardian.  Contact us for further information about private or group rates.  Recommended minimum class size is 10 but we can accommodate smaller groups if needed. Note that some activities are physically strenuous and all participants should be prepared for walking and hiking various distances.  These activities become more strenuous as we train from Phase 2 and up. 

Want to take a class? Sign up now! See the PayPal link below or go to the Online Store tab above!


If you're looking for a hands-on experience and training in Survival and Bushcraft give us a try! You won't be disappointed! For classes call: James Bender at (513) 304-9675 (USA) or e-mail at benderknifeworks@yahoo.com 

Make sure and check out the links at the top of the page for our blog and Facebook contact information!

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Survival & Bushcraft (Phase 1)


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 Survival  and Bushcraft Phase 1 is the starting point for all that we teach. No matter your skill level, you will enjoy this class.  Unless you are highly skilled in Wilderness Survival and Bushcraft, it is recommended that you take this class before going to the Phase 2 level as you  may  not have the skills necessary to pass the Advanced class tasks.  Do check out the gear list tab to ensure you have all the necessary equipment, paying special attention to the compass and knife  descriptions. Students as young as 8 years old may take this class when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and will receive a junior certificate upon course completion. Students 12 and older will receive the full certificate upon completion as long as they are able to accomplish all the required tasks. Dates are listed above under "Upcoming Events".  Watch footage from a Phase 1 class at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGiCU0xuASE


Any Class - Student Rate


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Our student rate is for those from age 8 years old and up for the Survival and Bushcraft (Phase 1) classes, and for those age 13 and up for the Advanced Survival and Bushcraft (Phase 2) classes and Extreme Survival and Bushcraft (Phase 3) classes as well as the Primitive Survival and Bushcraft (Phase 4) classes.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  College students are also included but will require verification of a current and valid Student ID.


Advanced Survival & Bushcraft (Phase 2)


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 This  is the class where we take it to the next level!  This is where your  Bushcraft and Survival Skills from Phase 1 really being to show. We  recommend that you do not take this class unless you are already skilled  in the areas that are covered in Phase 1.  You will be tested in all  the areas from Phase 1 as well as building on the foundation of all  seven areas of Survival and Bushcraft. You will be e-mailed the gear  list for this class when you sign up for the class, or we can send it to  you in the mail, if you wish. Make sure and contact  us with your  e-mail or address when you sign up.  Minor Students need to be at least 13 years old to take this class and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Dates are listed above under the "More" tab in "Upcoming Events".