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Zombie camp offers survival training

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ZOMBIES will be stumbling around a Saskatchewan lake this weekend, but not to worry.

The world is not ending, but people are training for it.

Jonathan Michell is one of the organizers behind the Zombie Prep Camp taking place at a camp on Katepwa Lake, about an hour northeast of Regina.

Michell says they came up with the idea because camp is fun and adults should have a chance to go, too.

They picked the theme because zombies are the focus of popular television shows such as The Walking Dead and movies, but also because they create a good metaphor for the worst-case scenario of survival.

Several emergency planning groups across North America have used the zombie scenario to draw attention to preparation for natural disasters or health outbreaks, including the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We have professional instructors teaching archery, first aid, unarmed combat, fire-starting, shelter building; we also have lectures on the psychological impact of the apocalypse," Michell explained.

The 15 registered campers will also have to test their skills.

"Throughout the weekend there is a small army of zombie volunteers that are going to be trying to "kill" you and "eat your corpse'," Michell said.

While it doesn't hurt to prepare for the worst, he says the ultimate goal is to get active, meet people and have fun.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2013 A24

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