In August of 2016, brothers Shawn and Eric Seitz, formed Pioneer Survival Company.  For years, the Seitz brothers had a passion for learning and sharing their knowledge of the outdoors.  By harnessing skills learned through the Boy Scouts of America, and attaining 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 Urban and Wilderness Safety curriculums (basic 72 hour emergency survival to long term crisis situations).

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

  • Former USCCA Certified Instructors (CCW).

  • Acquired National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) certifications as Wilderness First Responders (WFR)

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


Mission Statement

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.



Shawn possesses 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

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John "Camp Cookie" Porter


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