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CAMP INDEPENDENCE UPDATE

CAMP INDEPENDENCE UPDATE

Live Free has reserved Tepicon Hall at Tippecanoe River State Park in Northcentral Indiana for Saturday May 22nd 2021. At this point, we cannot be sure if the hall will actually be available or what pandemic related restrictions will be in effect, but we will have a program at that site on that date. Several of our officers have secured lodging in the adjoining Rent-A-Camp section.  In the event that we cannot do indoor classes, we will be doing a series of programs based outside of these cabins and in the woods and fields.  If the hall is available we will have the usual combination of indoor and outdoor presentations, and food services.  Either way: we strongly recommend that those planning to participate secure Rent-A-Camp cabins* or camp sites for Friday night May21 and Saturday Night May 22 to maximize participation and networking. The rates will still be $20.00 per individual or $30.00 per person. There is also a park admission fee paid at the gate. We should have a detailed flyer and program available by March.

*Cabins accommodate four people, so families or groups can rent together. Cabins have bunks, tables and electricity.  These cabins are usually rented far in advance and will be gone by February or sooner so do not delay. Go to the Indiana DNR website to reserve cabins and camp sites.

Crown Point Indiana Expo Shows Demand for Information

Recent Preparedness Expo Indicates Pent-up Demand for Survival and Preparedness Information

The paradox of the survival/preparedness movement is that when serous disasters are actually happening, it is difficult to do survival education events. A few years ago, there were frequent preparedness expos throughout the Country and the sale of preparedness book was brisk.  The advent of a truly global disaster shut down the book stores, closed the venues for expositions, and made gatherings hazardous.  At the same time the events of 2020 finally woke up vast portions of the population to the need for survival training and gear.  It also reenergized existing prepper survival practitioners to renew their efforts and rebuild their networks. Live Free USA was forced to cancel it annual meeting and the Camp Independence event due to the closure of venues, but continued to publish information in American Survivor and on our website.

A Live Free group in Northwest Indiana had scheduled a small preparedness exposition and seminar for this September fifth at the Gary Sportsman Club. In Crown Point.  As the effects of the pandemic and the restrictions took affect it was difficult to know how such an event could still be held, but positivity rates came down a bit and restrictions were modified enough to proceed. While indoor facilities were available, the weather was so nice that everything was moved outdoor where it was safer. Vendors used tents, kiosks, or just open tables.  Classes were held in a large picnic shelter, and food was available from a vendor.  For a small one-day regional event, this one was well attended and the level of support and participation was high. The Live Free USA table sold out almost all of its books and recruited a number of new members.  We were especially gratified to see many veteran members returning to “active duty”.  This small expo provided a good indication of the pent-up interest in survival training and literature.  Now (at last) no one can deny the potential for massive disasters and the fragility of our society and support systems.  All Live Free groups should plan now on sponsoring seminar’s, expos and other events in 2021.  As the pandemic resides (we hope) we will face other looming threats to life and freedom that we must prepare our families and communities for. We will publicize all events in our newsletter, on our website and  Facebook page.

Note: Human nature dictates that after a major disaster people tend to go into a period of apathy and false security.   The reality is that another disaster or disasters is no less probable the day after than it was the day before the most recent event.  Wishful thinking and the desperate need for “normalcy” can work against preparedness and common sense.    

ANNUAL MEETING CANCELED

Due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the available venues, including the state parks and restraints for the foreseeable future the Live Free Annual Meetings set for April 4th and Camp Independence set for May 30th have been canceled. We hope to resume activities in September.  Watch this website and your American Survivor newsletter for reestablished events. Stay safe.