First off, no two Outer Zone Overnight (TM) Events are ever the same… The theme is altered with every event and program offering, mixing the program offering realities with an ever-evolving fictitious historical timeline by design to enforce ones ability to adapt and encourage one to pursue new skills… All while having fun.
Urban evacuation drills and preparation, skill enhancement and exploration, self discovery and community… who knew that it could all be so fun, while at the same time providing serious topical exploration?
From the moment one leaves their home to begin the trek to an Outer Zone Overnight(TM) Adventure Trek waypoint, to the moment they return, including the time spent packing and unpacking, is all part of the O.Z.O. program for preparedness, learning and improving a wide range of skills both with led instruction and independently, as part of a community and as an individual.
From the first moment one is given their first waypoint directions to the moment one picks up the first map and materials from a designated lock box is all part of the O.Z.O. program for preparedness, making the participant evaluate maps, navigation, weather conditions, transportation maintenance, stop points and time tables and more.
From the moment one immerses themselves into the theme of the next O.Z.O. event, one is participating in the O.Z.O. program for preparedness by reflecting on the theme, and how they would make their journey to the O.Z.O. final waypoints and final destination camp.
How has the theme evolved this time? Are we fleeing impending obliteration form man-made or natural forces? Is there a Biological, Chemical, or Nuclear threat? Has the Earth become so angry that it is done with mankind? Zombies? Aliens? What is the threat? What is the danger? What must I do and how do I adapt?
From the moment one arrives at the final destination camp, inspects their camp ground, sets up their tent or camper, explores their perimeter and prepares their first meal at camp, they are part of the O.Z.O. preparedness program, learning the proper use and easiest method of setup of their equipment, what they need, what they should not have brought, what they can do to help their neighbor in the instant community, and what they can expect from their neighbors in this community.
Elective programs are provided through the duration of an O.Z.O. event, in abundance and variety. From a simple guided hike from one of the O.Z.O. advanced scouts to a local springs, to focused lectures on specific subject matter relevant to the event theme and survival, to campfire discussions relevant to the theme and genre, to entertainment and performance, to contests an cooperative competitions. All are part of the O.Z.O. approach to providing confidence and preparedness to attendees within the community.
From the first morning after the celebration of survival and life to the moment one gets home and unpacks… one is thinking more and more about preparedness and survival in the worst case scenario.
Participants find that as they begin to unpack, they are taking inventory, and actually re-packing simultaneously for their next outing, which may be far shorter notice, and not a themed event, but an actual catastrophe.
Outer Zone Overnight founders want nothing more than for people to be prepared, and have fun as they learn to be prepared. Being prepared is more than just having a bag of food and water by the door ready to go at any time. Being prepared is a state of mind, that we hope to be able to nurture in those who attend our events, and participate in our ever broadening selection of program offerings.
The biggest compliment we receive (and often) is one tells us they did not even know they were learning, because that means they were having fun.
The continued theme of the Outer Zone Overnight group is simply “There is a storm coming.” This is both a running joke and a deadly serious thought. There is always a storm coming… and no one can say for certain the size and scope of the storm, but as logic tells us, it is not if, but when. Are you prepared for the storm?
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