No matter how many times we are told by so-called “experts” that a zombie epidemic will never happen, many of us still choose to believe otherwise. Such is the case in Canada, where the zombie fever is so high that there’s even a camp dedicated to the art of zombie survival.
Zombie Survival Camp is Canada’s #1 resource for zombie apocalypse preparedness. For around four years now, the camp has been travelling across the country to train Canadians in wilderness survival, self-defense, and self-reliance. As ridiculous as it may sound, it really does exist - in fact, the first thing you encounter on their website is a statement reading “Yes, this is a real camp.”
The camp is led by a team of six experienced instructors, each with their own primary specializations. Take a look at their profiles below:
Deidter "the Soldier" Stadnyk
Experience: 8 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Infantry
Primary Specialization: Reconnaissance
Other Skills: Navigation, Mountain Operations
Mantra: Stay off the high ground and don't rattle the bushes
Connor "the Hunter" Somerville
Experience: 9 years of big game hunting, 8 years of archery
Primary Specialization: Marksmanship
Other Skills: Field dressing/Proper use and maintenance of ballistic weapons, degree in alternative renewable energy
Mantra: Float like a butterfly, sting like an arrow.
Dominic "the Butcher" Etynkowski
Experience: 5 years of Filipino Weapons Martial Arts (Bakbakan-Kali Ilustrisimo)
Primary Specialization: Bladed weapons combat
Other skills: Inventor/Craftsman, Welder, Seamster, Archer, Standard First Aid
Mantra: Machetes don’t need reloading, but crowbars don't need sharpening.
Eric "the Strategist" Somerville
Experience: Germination and propagation of several entrepreneurial enterprises
Primary Specialization: Wilderness survival, Bushcraft, Resource acquisition
Other Skills: Expert Canoer/Plumber/Boxer
Mantra: People can be your greatest resource or your worst enemy.
Peter "the Jedi" Lane
Experience: Systema, Jui-jitsu, Kenpo, Parkour, Taekwondo, Gymnastics
Primary Specialization: Zom-jitsu hand-to rotting hand combat, self-defense
Other Skills: Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Psychology degree, DZ truck license
Mantra: All victory or defeat begins in the mind.
Gerard "the Postman" Goco
Experience: 2 years of advanced bugout hikes and solo campouts
Primary Specialization: Keeping all the instructors on point
Other Skills: Photography, videography, admin
Mantra: Because survival is insufficient.
They teach participants skills and principles that would not only be useful in zombie situations, but also in real life. Their signature zombie outbreak simulation will force individuals to work as a team to survive.
The camp holds private and corporate events, as well as scheduled weekend camps. For more information, visit ZombieSurvivalCamp.ca.