Welcome to Uitwaaien 2017!

Central Pennsylvania's first annual bushcraft gathering!
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The Event

What it's all about!


Anyone who loves being in the outdoors!


We're calling it a bushcraft gathering, but it's more than just about bushcraft!

  • You'll have access to a ton of free presentations, seminars, and demonstrations.
  • There will also be advanced, hands-on workshops (there may be an extra fee for the instructor/materials for the advanced workshops)($).
  • There will be vendors and craftsman selling their products and passing on the knowledge they've gained over the years.
  • You'll be able to meet new people that have the same interests as you, form bonds that will last a lifetime, and maybe even pick up a little knowledge while you're at it!
  • You can fill your weekend with as much or as little as you want!


The gathering will be held at:
Curtin Village
251 Curtin Village Road, Howard, PA 16841.

The location is conveniently located just 2 1/2 miles off exit 158 of Interstate 80.

Camping will be available if you want to stay on-site.
You can add-on a camping spot when purchasing your ticket.

There are also some hotels nearby.


Starting at 1:00 pm on Thursday September 21, 2017 through noon on Sunday September 24, 2017.


Vendors and
Guest Speakers

Here are some of the great activities that
will be happening all weekend long!

Special Guests

Creek Stewart - Host of Weather Channel's "Fat Guys in the Woods" and owner of Willowhaven Outdoors.

Dan Wowak - Contestant on season 3 of the hit History Channel show "Alone" and owner of Coalcracker Bushcraft. Right here in PA!


Creek Stewart - Creek's own "Whiskey Knives" brand knives along with a lot of his signature survival items
Dan Wowak - Dan's signature survival items and more!
PA Wilderness Skills - Survival Items & Kits
Campcraft Outdoors - Custom outdoor bags, Waxed canvas and Knives
Snow Walker Outdoors & Guide Service - Handmade Items
Escape the Woods Survival Challenge - Info on upcoming events
Magic Punky Dust - Survival Items
Dogwood Custom Knives - Custom Knives & Leather Work
Survival Resources - Survival Items, Kits & Books
The Flying Axe LLC - Axe and Tomahawk Throwing Booth, Stickers & Patches

Interested in being a vendor?
Vendor Agreement


Stephen Kinney
Creek Stewart
Mike Jackson
Dan Wowak & Coalcracker Bushcraft
Jason Hunt
Brian Manning
Rick Dunlap
Sandcut Outdoors
Alan Wertz
Dogwood Custom Knives
More to come soon!


Primitive Traps
Modern Trapping
Knife Sharpening
Fire Making
Flint Knapping
Apache Knife & Tomahawk Fighting
First Aid Discussion
First Aid Discussion(for the kids)
Wild Edibles
Medicinal Plants
Hug-A-Tree (for the kids)
Campfire Cooking
Winter Gear & Snowshoes
Some cool Viking stuff(TBA)
Kubb (Viking bowling)(for the kids)
Net Making
Knot Tying
Game Processing (not for the squeamish)
Brain Tanning (not for the squeamish)
More to come soon!

Advanced Workshops

Primitive Trap Making - Stephen Kinney

First Aid Certification - Jason Hunt
{4 hr Class incl. certification card}

Skills Competition($)

  • On Sunday morning we'll have a "friendly" basic survival skills competition.
  • I can't tell you what skills you'll need to know, but I'm sure that, if you didn't come with them, you'll pick them up over the course of the weekend!
  • (We'll have the list of skills posted at the event)
  • You must be 18 or older to compete
  • Cost to enter is $20
  • Prizes will be a percentage of the total money collected
    • 1st place 50%
    • 2nd place 25%
    • 3rd place 15%
(10% goes for the materials needed for the competition)
There will also be a free competition for youths 13-17 years old with lots of great prizes.

Event Ticket Options

Don't Miss the Family Package Deal!



Weekend Pass


  • +Attend any of the free seminars
  • +Opportunity to register for advanced workshops($)
  • +Eligible to enter the competition on Sunday($)
  • +Dinner on Friday
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Weekend Pass


  • +Attend any of the free seminars
  • +Register (with an adult) for advanced workshops($)
  • +Entrance in the youth competition
  • + Dinner on Friday
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12 and Under


Weekend Pass

Add-on when buying an adult ticket

  • +Attend any of the special activities just for kids
  • +Attend (with an adult) any of the free seminars
  • +Entrance in a special drawing just for kids
  • +Dinner on Friday



One 20'x 20' Camping Site

Add-on when buying an adult ticket

  • +Primitive camping only, no RVs
  • +Camping fee is per site, not per person
  • +Sorry no open fires at campsites
  • +Cook stoves are allowed
  • +Cowboy coffee in the mornings

Family Weekend Pass


2 Adults tickets, 4 youth/child tickets, and 1 camping spot

  • +Bring the whole family without breaking the bank.
  • +Enjoy all the same benefits as the regular weekend tickets with camping included at a lower price
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Single Day Pass

$30.00 Adults 18+

$20.00 Youth 13-17

  • +Attend any of the free seminars offered that day
  • +Opportunity to register for advanced workshops($) (18+ or with an adult)
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Single Day Pass

$30.00 Adults 18+

$20.00 Youth 13-17

  • +Attend any of the free seminars offered that day
  • +Opportunity to register for advanced workshops($) (18+ or with an adult)
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Gathering Location Information

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    Curtin Village 251 Curtin Village Road, Howard, PA 16841

    • No individual fires will be allowed.
    • There will be a communal cooking fire, and a nightly campfire.
    • We will try to accommodate your preference for campsite, but all spots are first come, first served.
    • Food will be available for purchase (provided by the Curtin Village volunteer group)
    • There are also a few restaurants nearby.
    • Dinner Friday evening will be a donation roast.
    • All proceeds will go towards making next year's event bigger and better... if that's possible! :)
    • Bathrooms will be porta potty only.
    • There are no shower facilities on-site. However, there is a truck stop nearby with private showers
    • There is a stream nearby, but no drinking water. Potable water will be available for campers at no extra charge.
    • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on-site.
    • Sorry, no pets are allowed!
    • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Hotels Nearby for Non-Campers: Quality Inn (1.8 miles), Quality Inn (18.6 Miles), Hampton Inn (18.6 Miles)


Sponsors help keep the costs of the gathering down and also give us the opportunity to offer some great giveaways! Don't forget to visit them!


Questions and Answers

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Do you need to sell a minimum number of tickets to hold the gathering?

Yes. In an effort to provide you with the best craftsman, vendors and instructors we can, we will need to guarantee them at least a certain minimum number of attendees. We want to make sure coming to the gathering is not only fun, but advantageous for them.

How will I know if the gathering is a go?

If we have not sold the minimum required tickets by Aug 16, 2017, we will cancel the event and refund all money for tickets purchased. As soon as we have met the minimum number of attendees, I will post here. I don't foresee any reason why we won't meet the minimum long before August. I'm not worried about the event getting cancelled, but don't let that stop you from spreading the word! Tell all your friends, enemies, everyone you meet on the street to buy their ticket today!

What can I do to help?

One of the great things about this community is that everyone is ready and willing to help out when needed! The Uitwaaien Bushcraft Gathering is no different; it wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. If you're looking to help out over the weekend, send us an email, and we'll see what help we still need. In appreciation for helping out, all volunteers will receive a special "Staff" edition of the Uitwaaien t-shirt. We will also offer admission discounts and prize giveaways depending on your availability.

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Why can't I bring my pet, RV, beer, etc.?

The site of the gathering is a state owned property, and these are their rules for use. Plus, we want to keep the gathering fun and family friendly for all!