August 17, 2014 7:27 pm

Zombie camp teaches Manitobans how to survive possible apocalypse

STEINBACH, Man. – Zombie Survival Camp took over some rural Manitoba backwoods this weekend.

“A bunch of survivors have come to this land and we’re here to train and prepare ourselves for the possible zombie apocalypse,” said Deidter Stadnyk of Zombie Survival Camp.

Twenty “survivors”  camped out starting Friday night on property owned by CD Trees. They were trained in archery, weaponry and wilderness survival before a simulated zombie outbreak Sunday.

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“It’s just like out of a horror movie. In fact when we were eating breakfast this morning, they had the zombies rush in on everyone and we scattered from the dining hall — it was amazing,” said participant Gerry McMahom.

“No one can prepare themselves for what’s going to happen here,” said Stadnyk.

Five organizers lead the survival workshops.

“The reason why archery is amazing in a zombie apocalypse is because it’s quiet, unlike a firearm, where it’s a loud bang,” said archery instructor Connor Somerville.

“It builds confidence and it gives you that sense of freedom when you know how to use anything,” said weaponry instructor Dominic Etynkowski.

The weekend is also about learning real-life skills.

“The great thing about preparing for the zombie apocalypse is that it’s that blanked apocalypse, so once you’ve trained for zombie apocalypse, a flood, power outage — no problem,” said Stadnyk.

Learning these skills comes at a price: registration for the weekend cost $250 per person, but it was well worth it, participants said.

“I’m surprised. I thought we’d have fun, but this is better than we could have hoped. It’s fantastic,” said McMahom.

This is the first time the Toronto-based camp has come to Manitoba. Organizers hope to be back next year.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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