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Tracking Like the Ancients

This exciting new COTEF tracking program focuses equally on your natural ability to be a tracker, the creature making the track, and the track, itself. You will experience the eye, mind, attitude and heart-of-the-tracker and begin seeing the tracks of anything that moves. The complex and amazing skill of tracking is simplified and made accessible to all ages and skill levels. Everyone is a beginner again, including the instructor, as the world is seen anew with the goal of tracking anything, anywhere, at any time and under any conditions. The instructional format is equal parts tracking, storytelling, information sharing, personal reflection and fun-time. Your relationship with the earth, the creatures you track, and yourself will grow in wonderfully new ways where the objective is to think scientifically while performing at your maximum artistically. Your investigation and problem solving skills will also be sharpened as your self-awareness and understanding of tracking expands. You will truly be amazed.

Maximum number of students 12

Guest Instructor, Mike Kessler.

We are honored to announce that Mike Kessler, a long time Tracker School student, will be teaching this new tracking course!

Teaching others to track is Mike’s favorite thing in the whole world. He loves to share his passion for tracking and has a knack for connecting people of all ages and backgrounds with tracks in their own special way. Over the past decade Mike developed a tracking curriculum for the University of Vermont (UVM) that has received national and international attention.

He has instructed nearly 100 tracking courses for UVM and assists other colleges and universities in the development of tracking curriculums at their institutions. His students are often featured on a local outdoor television show. The university has recognized Mike’s great rapport with all students by awarding him the 2015 ALANA Faculty Advisor Award and nominated him for the 2014 Student Life Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Outside the university, he facilitates an annual tracking-based spiritual workshop.  When his children were young he was a regular guest on K-12 field trips. Mike has over 20 years experience with pressure release tracking and has developed two copyrighted forensic tracking certification programs for law enforcement officers and forensic and scientific investigators.

Ages and Prerequisites

Ages 10-17 and family
Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent 

FYT or equivalent is prerequisite.


July 17 - July 22
Holmes, NY- Camp Ludington


$750 for first person.           
 $650 for each additional family member from the same household

 $200 per person. 

The balance for this program is due before attending the program.
 If paying by credit card, you may indicate if you’d like us to automatically charge the balance at the due date.

Bridge Program  If you will be staying for more than one week and would like to stay at camp between programs the following fees cover from noon on Friday until the next program begins on Sunday.  
      Youth or Teen  $95 per child (for unaccompanied minors)
      Family  $50 per person (includes food and camping only, no supervision or programming) 

How to Register

Online Registration

Complete the forms for your family online and pay by credit card. You may choose to pay a deposit now and the balance two weeks prior to the camp or the full fee at this time. Note, all online class deposits are $200 per person, regardless of the program. Once you select your program you can choose to add the Bridge Program if applicable. Please note, there is a $5.20 fee charged at the time of registration for using the online service. You can complete all necessary documents online. Please note however, that those attending the summer programs in Holmes, NY must have the medical form stamped by a physician prior to coming to camp. 


Print the registration form from the website or contact the office to receive via mail.   

E-mail or fax completed application with the appropriate deposit.  Fax: 888-479-2481

You will receive a confirmation including directions and equipment lists upon receipt.

Please make sure a separate medical information page is completed for each family member who will be attending. 

* Financial Assistance is available.  Click here for our Scholarship Application