For Survival Texas...


  • Please arrive between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 6th 2020.

  • Please plan on leaving between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11th, 2020.

Independence Ranch
9797 TX-97, Waelder, TX 78959


  • Head West on Interstate 10 toward San Antonio.    

    Take exit 649 

  • Turn left onto TX-97 W

  • Gate is 4.0 miles on the left

  • 9797 Texas 97, Waelder, Texas 78959



 Head East on Interstate 10

  • Take exit 649

  • Turn right onto TX-97 W

  • Gate is 4.0 miles on the left

  • 9797 Texas 97, Waelder, Texas 78959



  • Please fly into Austin, Texas.

  • Book your flight to arrive before 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 6th. Survival staff will meet you at your baggage claim when you arrive; they will be wearing a military green shirt with SURVIVAL written on the front. 

  • Book your flight to depart after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11th.

  • If you are bringing a cell phone for travel, please send us your number so we can contact you at the airport. 

  • If you have any questions regarding transportation information or details, email us at If the airline requires a name for a person picking up your student for your minor to travel, please let Jenna know and she will get you the staff name ASAP. Text or call Jenna at 706-340-1757.


Once you have determined the details of your trip, please tell us!  If you haven't already communicated with us how you're coming (driving or flying) to Survival please send us an email with the subject "Travel".  Please send us your flight details- flight number, airline and times and city of departure if you are flying. 


We are staying on the beautiful grounds of Independence Ranch.  We are so excited to get to enjoy this ranch, the great outdoors.  A new feature of this location is that there are tons of exotic animals on the ranch wandering free for us to see.   


  • Bedding: sheets/blanket/sleeping bag, pillow etc. – It will likely be very warm all day and in the evenings. You are staying in cabins and will need bedding for the bunk beds. 

  • Towel

  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, soap, etc). 

  • Bible, Notebook, Pen - compact if possible as you will need to keep them with you

  • Reusable water bottle - something that will hold at least a liter and will hold up for the whole week. A camelback or water bottle will work fine. 

  • Flashlight - small is great

  • Rain jacket - you will need this with you at all times, sturdy but lightweight is best

  • Jacket/Sweater -  You will  also need this for some of the Survival training so although it won't likely be cold please bring something light weight. 

  • Backpack - just a small pack like a school backpack will work great. No need to bring a hiking backpack.

  • Snack to share - girls bring sweet, guys bring salty

  • Closed toed shoes - you may want something with some ankle support. Hiking boots would be nice if you have them but are not necessary if you don’t already have them. Something you’ve already broken in would be best to avoid blisters. Tennis shoes work great too! 


  • Alarm Clock – as you won’t be using your cell phone

  • Pocket knife

  • Sunscreen

  • Small survival kit - first aid supplies, fire starting device, compass etc.

  • Insect repellent

  • Camera – as we will not be using cell phones

What to Wear

Please be sure to check out the dress code before packing; it is included at the bottom of this letter and is the dress code information from the bold survival website. If you’re not sure that a clothing piece meets the dress code, please don’t bring it.

**Most day activities will require loose fitting jeans, cargo pants or camo pants. This event is an outdoors event where we will be doing lots of obstacles and activities, so pack casual, comfortable, loose clothes (NO skinny jeans/tight joggers/soccer pants/leggings or yoga pants, etc.) that you don’t mind getting dirty and that you can move easily in.  Sweatpants are fine to sleep in but are not for day time as we will be in the woods and need more durable fabric.   Shirts need to be able to be tucked in. Even though it will be hot, please also bring AT LEAST 2 pairs of long pants as we do require them for some of the activities. **


A Note about Media

Remember, we will be media-free during this week. Students will be required to turn in any cell phones, laptops, ipods, etc., at registration for this week.

If you need to contact your student please call Jenna at 706-340-1757 or Curtis at 678-822-2016 or email us at or, and they’ll have your student call you back.

If your student would like to bring a phone for travel purposes that is completely fine, they will just need to leave it with us during the week. Please know that your student is allowed and encouraged to call home during the week, just ask them to ask a staffer for a phone.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out with a call, text, or email. 

Curtis & Jenna Whatley, Program Directors 
678-822-2016 - Curtis       706-340-1757 - Jenna


Dress Code 

We ask that everyone abide by this standard dress code while at Survival. Thank you for your participation in this.



  • We require that pants and shorts have no holes above the knee, not be tight, and not be worn low. To check for tightness, pinch the sides of your pants and make sure there’s some wiggle room. Leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans are not allowed at this event. 


  • To check shorts length, make an L with thumb and index finger and place it at the top of the knee when seated—shorts should be long enough to hit the thumb.  


  • Shirts should not be low-cut, tight, or revealing any midriff or cleavage. They need to be long enough to tuck in or you need to have a camisole or tank top underneath to tuck in.  Some obstacles and activities will require this. T-shirts should be plain or have appropriate content on them. Shirts also must have sleeves.



  • We require pants and shorts have no holes above the knee, not be tight, and not be worn low. To check for tightness, pinch the sides of your pants and make sure there’s some wiggle room.  Skinny jeans are not allowed at this event. 

  • Shirts should not have holes.  They should be plain or have appropriate content on them. Shirts should be loose-fitting, long enough to tuck in and have sleeves.