Use the element of fire as you spend the day learning survival skills, simple living practices, and camp cooking

Greenpoint, New York

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What You'll Do

In the wilderness, fire building is a crucial skill, necessary for basic needs like warmth, food, and water purification. With wilderness expert and North Brooklyn Boat Club founding member Jens Rasmussen, you'll learn the quickest, most efficient ways to build crackling fires before delving into other outdoor skills, such as knife-craft, making char cloth, and building emergency signal whistles. As the afternoon rolls on, you'll help Jens cook a simple yet delicious campsite meal over your open flame before dining al fresco.

  • Build a Fire
    Follow along with Jens as he demonstrates time-tested ways to start and build fires in the wilderness

  • Learn Other Survival Techniques
    Watch as Jens demonstrates how to sharpen a knife, make char cloth, and make emergency whistles from found objects

  • Cook a Campfire Dinner
    Use your fire to prepare a simple, delicious meal

Each event is capped at 4 participants; each event requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Jens Rasmussen Jens Rasmussen
Wilderness Expert

An avid canoeist and kayaker, Jens Rasmussen is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Boat Club, a community of canoers, boaters, environmentalists, and more dedicated to enabling human-powered boating on the Northern waterways of Brooklyn. In his off-hours, Jens spends much of his time exploring the remote shores of the East River and Newton Creek. When on dry land, he sharpens his urban-foraging and wilderness-survival skills.


Where You'll Meet

Tours begin under the yellow sign at the NBBC Boatyard Look for the white rope letters NBBC.


In a Nutshell

Outdoorsman Jens Rasmussen teaches you how to build fires in the wilderness before you cook a delicious campsite dinner

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 2 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • Greenpoint (221.2 miles)

    49 Ash Street

    New York, New York 11222

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