This weekend in Maryland, an unusual event will take place–a bootcamp-style training course designed to teach the average person the ins and outs of modern survival and disaster preparedness.

Maryland is no stranger to big, somewhat unusual events, being the host state for one of the nation’s larger renaissance festivals, but organizers of this Disaster Preparedness Bootcamp promise to provide practical hands-on skills in a safe and family friendly environment. Some of the topics to covered include:

– Water sourcing and storage
– Knife Selection and Use
– Disarming Techniques and Self-defense
– Ammo Reloading and Components
– Archery
– Bug Out Bags
– Communication During a Disaster
– Building a Fire
– Solar Power

The price seems fairly reasonable–$99 for adults and kids over 10, youngsters 10 and under are admitted free of charge. On-site camping is free, and options for upgrades (meals, cabins, etc.) abound.

Would you go to something like this? Are you going? Check out their website and tell us what you think in the comments.