Camp Independence 2015 was conducted at Tippecanoe River State Park near Winamac Indiana on May 16th 2015. This event has been held for over 47-years, making it America’s oldest survival and preparedness meetup.
After the closing of the facilities that Live Free USA has used for the past 47-years there was some doubt about how well Camp Independence would work. The somewhat small facility at Tippecanoe River State Park in North Central Indiana does not provide the additional 40 rustic cabins we used for housing participants and conducting some types of training.
The new facility is just a big meeting/dining hall with a kitchen. Participants are now left to reserve small cabins or camp sites through the Indiana DNR website instead of through Live Free. They focused on increasing regional participation through promotion on websites and regional expositions. Instructors and administrators secured most of the twelve available “Rent-A-Cabin” cabins from the DNR well in advance, but there were a few left for other participant if they did not want to tent camp. Attendance was actually better than the past two years. In fact they could not have fit too many more people in to the hall. Indoor and outdoor classes were often conducted concurrently so crowding was not a problem. The Amish family returned to provide great food at lunch time and goodies to take home.
They had a great schedule of classes including: an edible plants walk in the woods, unarmed self-defense demonstrations, first aid tips, health and safety, armed self-defense, survival foods preservation methods, survival bug-out packs, emergency shelter building and fire starting. A truly information packed day for everyone! Live Free USA sold lots of survival and self-reliance books at reduced prices. A $100.00 Cabela’s gift certificate was the first prize in a raffle that included dozens of great prize’s. About 50% of those participating won one or more prizes. So Camp Independence survived and adapted and continues to be a valuable asset to survivalists and preppers.
Live Free USA plans to schedule Camp Independence next year in early to mid-May. They are hoping for additional help in managing this event and also interested in scheduling instructors as early as possible. Anyone interested in helping out or doing a class next year can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.