Southington to offer winter survival course next month

Southington to offer winter survival course next month

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SOUTHINGTON — Local adventurers can learn how to brave the winter elements at a survival course being taught next month.

The town Recreation Department is working with outdoor clothing and equipment retailer L.L. Bean to bring the program, Winter Outdoors Survival Course, to the Southington Police Department on Jan. 27.

The course will teach “the basics of wilderness fire building, identifying or creating shelter, signaling for help, and other techniques to help you survive the night,” according to the town’s website.

“I think it’s a pretty cool program that they have going,” town Director of Recreation David Lapreay said of L.L. Bean’s Outdoors Discovery Program.

Those interested in attending must pre-register through the Recreation Department by Jan. 24 at a cost of $20 per person. The event is open to Southington residents and out of towners.

This is the first program the town has collaborated on with L.L. Bean. Lapreay said he plans to explore other courses offered by the company.

Other courses he is considering include kayaking and fishing excursions.

“Hopefully...we can offer more in the spring and summer,” he said. “As it gets closer to the warm months I’ll be talking to (L.L. Bean) again.”


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