The goal of Pioneer Survival Company is to teach the fundamentals of outdoor safety, personal security, and introduce our students to a series of skills and habits that will enrich their travel experiences and everyday lives.
In August of 2016, brothers Shawn and Eric Seitz, formed Pioneer Survival Company. Throughout their childhood, the Seitz brothers demonstrated a passion for learning and sharing their knowledge of the outdoors. Through their early years, both men were heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Shawn went on to become an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member. Eric continued his journey, as well, moving up the ranks until his troop disbanded.
By harnessing these skills and values taught by the BSA, both brothers continued to attend various seminars and events to improve their understanding of the outdoors. Eventually, this quest lead to Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder School. While studying at the school, they discovered a new perspective on outdoor skills while taking various certification courses. The friendships forged during this training further lead them to Campcraft Outdoors and Bethlehem Outdoor College.
Mentored by author and outdoor expert Dr. Jason Hunt, Shawn and Eric spent a few years under his tutelage. Eventually, they graduated with a degree in Wilderness Skills and Leadership from Bethlehem Outdoor College. As adjunct instructors, they continue to work with Dr. Hunt’s Campcraft Outdoors and remain closely affiliated with several instructors in the organization.
Ultimately, the quest for knowledge and growth never ends. Shawn and Eric continue to study and educate themselves in various outdoor fields. The brothers are former USCCA certified CCW and safety instructors. Furthermore, they have taken certification courses with both the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI). Some of these courses included: Blood Borne Pathogens & Basic Life Support, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responders.
Their scope of knowledge covers a broad base including 72-hour emergency survival to long term crisis management in a wilderness or urban environment. Additionally, their services focus on the fundamentals of hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, and homesteading. The Seitz brothers continue to hone their skills so they can educate others in the ways of safety, emergency preparedness, and critical thinking.
Shawn possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. Also, he earned a Master’s degree in Marketing & Communication at Franklin University. He retains over 23 years of writing experience in various fields. Shawn worked as a newspaper feature writer and radio talk show host.
Eric attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received his Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Technology from MTC. He follows with a successful career in the IT field, currently working for the Ohio State University. He has done volunteer work with several organizations in the Central Ohio region. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, tech guru, and automotive enthusiast.
John R. Porter R.N. BSN (Combat Lifesaver Trainer, 91WM6 SSG U.S. Army) 10 years active duty U.S. Army, OEF Afghanistan Veteran, ICU Bagram Air Force Base. North Atlantic Region Soldier of the Year 2003. Extensive training in trauma emergency care both in and out of the clinical setting.