Starting Your Own Survival / Prepping Group Part 2: The First Meeting Groundwork

September 4, 2015 by | Be the first to comment »

(If you missed part 1 of this series, you can check it out here.)

Now that you’ve done your due diligence and hopefully been able to go around to a few local groups and see what they have going on it’s time to start laying down the groundwork for your first meeting. Putting on a successful first event is vital as it will set the tone for the rest of events you organize as well as helping generate vital momentum. Let’s get right in to setting things up:

Step 4: Choose Your Topic

Your first topic is going to determine what sort of people you draw and the more engaging and fun your topic is the more likely you will be to have people return to a second meeting. Your meeting topic will also determine what sort of venue you need to secure. As we mentioned in the last article all the examples in this series will be based around a “skill based meeting” so for our first sample meeting we’ll choose “fire building skills.” Everyone loves building a fire and this is an accessible topic for people whether they’re brand new to this or have been at it their whole lives.

5: Choose an Instructor

You’re most likely instructor for your first is event is yourself, but if you have other people who have agreed to help you put on your first event I would highly recommend that you share the instruction responsibilities to avoid fatigue and make best use of everyone’s skill sets. Since the most likely situation is that you will have to instruct the first few meetings yourself it’s highly recommended that you come up with a cheat sheet (some people who are a whole lot more professional than me call them “outlines”) that you can refer to during your course along with any examples or items you might need during the presentation. Over the years I’ve found that hands on classes tend to work the best and help winnow out the preppers who just want to talk about theory and what’s hot on YouTube from those that will get their hands dirty and actually DO.

6: Choose a Venue

Based on what type of topic that you are teaching you will now have to look for a venue. There are three common types of free venues that I’ve seen new prepper groups go with and I’ll present those here for your consideration. The three most common venues I’ve seen are community buildings (schools, library meeting rooms, rec centers, etc), public parks, and restaurant meeting rooms. I recommend staying away from restaurant meeting rooms if at all possible since they can often be noisy and don’t lend themselves well to a wide variety of hands on tasks (the looks you get when bringing in materials to teach knife sharpening or fire starting can be priceless though). The best place I’ve seen to start tends to be a park pavilion since they can usually be reserved ahead of time and allow you outdoor space to spread out and accommodate a decent amount of people. Remember to make sure that your venue is clearly marked out and easy to find with concise directions and organizer contact information for people who will be attending.

Once you’re done with the above three steps you set a date and get ready for the fun. In the next article we’ll discuss the administrative side of things as well as how to keep your momentum and scheduling going after the first meeting.

The next article in this series will outline how to hold your meeting to make the most out of it.

Silat Student is an avid martial artist whose wild youth included stints on the “wrong” side of what might be considered legal or ethical, giving him profound appreciation for what not to do with your free time. His varied interests include combatives of any stripe, martial history and theory, firearms, cooking, eating, boozing, and women who are armed to the teeth.

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