Pioneer Survival Company Courses

The Pioneer Survival Company explores the vast, lush forests and babbling brooks of the Central Ohio region.  Our passion for exploration doesn't stop at the borders of the state and neither should yours.


Our goal is to provide YOU with an in-depth learning experience of all the possibilities the outdoors has to offer and prepare you for all the deadly consequences that nature can bring.   

We work with a wide array of individuals, community organizations and private businesses.  We teach numerous courses to develop a sense of teamwork, individuality, and self reliance.  These classes range from: 72 hour emergency skills courses, introduction to survival and safety, concealed carry and gun responsibility, intermediate/advanced outdoor concepts and wilderness first aid.  



In August of 2016, brothers Shawn and Eric Seitz, formed The Pioneer Survival Company.  For years, the Seitz brothers shared a passion for learning and sharing knowledge of the outdoors.  By harnessing skills learned through the Boy Scouts of America, and gaining certifications at various outdoor survival schools, they use this knowledge to aid and teach others about the wonders of the outdoors.  Their certifications and skill sets include:

  • Experience in Travel and Safety curriculums (basic 72 hour survival skills up to long term emergency capabilities).

  • Demonstrates fundamentals of hunting, fishing, wood-crafting, camping, and homesteading.

  • USCCA Certified Instructors (CCW).

  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

  • American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) certified in Blood-borne Pathogens and Basic Life Support, CPR certified, and Wilderness First Responder


Mission Statement

The goal of Pioneer Survival Company is to teach the fundamentals of outdoor security, personal safety, and introduce our patrons to a series of skills and habits that will enrich their travel experiences and everyday lives.



Shawn possess a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Journalism and English from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Communication at Franklin University.  He retains over 23 years of writing experience in various fields and worked as a newspaper feature writer and radio talk show host.  Shawn is a long time nature enthusiast and Eagle Scout.

Eric attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received his Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Technology from MTC. He has done volunteer work with organizations including the Ohio Reads program and the Boy Scouts of America. Eric is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, 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.   

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Eric Seitz

Shawn Seitz

John Camp Cookie Porter

John "Camp Cookie" Porter


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For questions or booking information, please contact us at:

Tel: (614) 300-2384