We have a major emergency with Justin Sage Williams, our former Director of Operations at Sigma 3 Survival School. If you trained here in the last 2 years, then you know him and were taught by him. He has a reputation in the survival and bushcraft community of being a man of integrity, compassion, with a gift for teaching others. Justin also has dedication to his faith and his family. People describe Justin as a person with compassion, patience, puts others first, a nice guy, caring, loving, a greater guy you will never meet, loves the outdoors, and a person that is passionate about the outdoors. In other words, Justin is a person that loves God, loves people, and loves the outdoors.

The Diagnosis

Justin was diagnosed recently with stage 4 brain cancer and has had two surgeries already to remove it. He is a young man at 35 years of age and he has a wife and young children and they are not financially capable of supporting this heavy financial burden. The founder and president of Sigma 3, Rob Allen, is working hard on behalf of Justin and his family to help him and his family in their hour of crisis and need. If you have been to SIGMA 3 or spent much time here, you know we are a global family and do our best to take care of our own. So we are calling on the entire Sigma 3 tribe and global instructor family to help spread the word to raise money for him. Sigma 3 Survival School & Systems has donated a $1000 to his fund and will giving away $6000 in training to auction off to raise money. Also my name is Bill Lavendar (retired army veteran & blogger here at SIGMA 3), and I asked Rob to take my pay for this month and apply it towards helping Justin and his family. We are all trying to pitch in the best we can!

The Request

Rob is asking all of us with the Sigma 3 Survival School family to do our part to help Justin and his family by spreading the word and sharing this video. Lets spread the word about the auction and get people involved that may not know Justin. We need to raise as much awareness as we possibly can. Watch the video below for more details on the giveaway. 

Participate In The Sigma 3 Survival School Fundraiser

Sigma 3 Survival School is currently hosting a GoFundMe fundraiser for Justin. The fundraiser will be an auction for survival courses taught at Sigma 3 Survival School. The courses that will be up for auction will be one, 45-day Survival Course and four Standard Survival Courses. You can take the courses yourself or give them to anyone you want. This is a combined value of $6,000. You will be allowed to place as many bids as you would like. The way it works is like this. After 30 days, the highest bidders will be tabulated and among those bidders the top bidder will receive the Instructor Course slot and the following next highest bidders will receive the standard courses.

If you pay attention till the end of the auction, you might be able to get the grand prize for way way less than its worth. So if you’re a person that has been wanting to take the instructor program, but can’t afford it, this might be one way to do it.

The auction will run for the next 30 days and then the winners will be announced after all the bids have been tabulated. The final deadline for bidders is February 21, 2019. In order to donate and be part of this auction you’ll need to donate via this link below. This is how we keep of the auction, and you should consider the GoFundMe page the actual auction page. Highest donater wins! We are trying to raise $25000 for Justin and his family to cover their living expenses during this tough time. Every single bit helps a lot, even if it’s only a few bucks.

GoFundMe Account for Justin Sage Williams brain cancer!

Please Help Justins family and lets keep them in our prayers! Thank you so much for your support!


3 awesome survival courses that you should consider as Christmas gifts this year are being offered at discounted prices by Sigma 3 Survival School. Starting this Thursday, the Sigma 3 Survival School is offering great deals so you can get that formal survival training that you have always wanted to obtain. Have ever wanted to get formal survival training from certified instructors? However, maybe taking a survival course is not in your realm of things to accomplish. However, is there anyone that you know, who is an outdoor enthusiast, who might benefit from taking a comprehensive survival course? Now is your chance to take advantage of the opportunity to get the training that you have wanted or for a friend at a reasonable price. What kind of deal can you get during the discounted period for the course that you choose?

The Standard and Advanced Survival courses are being offered at 50% off the standard price during this holiday sale period. The 45-day Survival Instructor Course is being offered at 35% off the regular price. Furthermore, the certifications that you gain from this formal instruction is good for 3 years. Additionally, class credits are transferable, just contact the great people at the school to get guidance for your particular concerns. What are the three courses that we recommend?

The Survival Standard Course

The first of the excellent survival courses that you can take advantage of is the Survival Standard Course. This course is a 5-day period of instruction that will teach you the basics of wilderness survival. It is the best course to take if you have never had any training in the outdoors, especially in primitive survival skills.

Course Description

The Survival Standard is the Sigma 3 Survival School’s most popular wilderness survival training course. This survival course will familiarize you with the basics of surviving in the outdoors. This course will prepare you to deal with the most common wilderness survival scenarios that will be encountered in the field. What is will be taught over the five days that you are in the field?

Program of Instruction

The Sigma 3 instructors will teach you some great skills, techniques, and procedures for making it in the wilderness under less than desirable circumstances should you find yourself lost or separated from your gear. The schedule of instruction is as follows:

  • Day 1: Shelter Day! Hands on building of numerous types of survival shelters.
  • Day 2: Water Procurement. Learn to get clean water quickly.
  • Day 3: Fire Making/Friction fire, all night fire, etc. Become a master of making fire in tough conditions!
  • Day 4: Survival trapping and plant foraging
  • Day 5: Primitive navigation, natural cordage, and primitive weapons.

The Standard Survival Course gives comprehensive training to those who are inexperienced with outdoor survival. Additionally, this course also has a minimum list of gear to bring.

Packing List

This packing list is a minimum listing of gear to bring to the course. The packing list is as follows:

  • Small-Medium Backpack
  • Poncho or Rain Gear
  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Folding saw
  • Hatchet or Axe
  • Paracord
  • Overnight Camping Gear

Overall, the Standard Survival Course that is being taught by the awesome instructors at the Sigma 3 Survival School lays an essential foundation for wilderness survival. What is the next recommended survival course to consider as a Christmas gift?

The Advanced Standard Survival Course

The second of the survival courses offered by Sigma 3 Survival School is the Advanced Survival Training Standard or the Advanced Standard for short. The Advanced Standard builds on the skills learned in the Standard course. What is the basic purpose of the training?

Course Description

The purpose of the wilderness survival training courses is to slowly transition you into being able to live off the land and make you a self-sufficient in the field. This training will give the confidence that you need to both survive and thrive in the wilderness. Does this course have a packing list?

Packing List

The packing list for this course is the same minimal gear requirements as the Standard course. What are the skills being taught in this course?

Course Outcomes

The outcomes of this course will teach you the following skills:

  • Butchering – You’ll kill, butcher, and process a goat from beginning to end with nothing but stone flakes. No knife!
  • Bushcraft Cooking – We will process the goat and teach you jerky making as well as several other long term food preservation in the wild.
  • Making rawhide -We will make useful cordage from the hide.
  • Building a Survival Bow (Quickie bow) – This section will show you how to make a bow of similar quality to a longbow in a few days without pre-drying the stave.
  • Primitive Hand drill and Totally Primitive Bow Drill -Using bark cordage
  • Advanced Survival Trapping – We will cover a plethora of primitive and modern traps.
  • Basket Fish Traps & other useful fishing tactics – You will build a large basket fish trap, crawdad trap, and other survival fishing tactics.
  • Basket Making, Containers, & Quivers– You’ll learn the principles of building containers for
  • Wild Crafting- Plant identification and uses
  • Flint Knapping and Stone Tool- Learn how to make basic stone tools.
  • Bone tools- arrowheads, awls, & fish hooks

As you can see, the Advanced Survival Course is truly advanced in its skill set. Learning how to manufacture primitive tools along with procuring food and water with those tools sets you up for successfully living in a field environment for an extended period of time. Yet, there is one more course that we recommend to you during this sale period.

45-Day Survival Instructor Program

The final consideration of the survival courses from Sigma 3 Survival School is the 45-Day Survival Instructor Program. The 45-Day Survival Instructor course is a six week period of instruction designed to immerse you into the basic survival training required to be an instructor. This course is a Level 1 instructor program and the most intense program we offer. What are some of the benefits of being certified in this course?

Course Benefits

There are some great benefits to signing up this course of instruction. Those benefits are as follows:

  • Take any future SIGMA 3 courses for free! FOR LIFE!
  • 45 Days is the perfect reset! Clear your mind, body, & soul!
  • Learn everything you need to know about Bushcraft & Survival.
  • Be part of a global family of instructors on 4 continents.
  • Learn the business of survival and how to build an outdoors career.
  • Be able to survive extreme survival situations with only a knife.
  • Learn how to shoot YouTube® videos and write blogs.
  • Make lifelong friends from all over the world!
  • Be more fit and hardened to face life’s challenges.

Additionally graduating and becoming certified in this course sets you up to potentially work for Sigma 3 in the future. Essentially you can start your own Sigma 3 satellite location. Also, you can use these skills to start your own outdoor programs. The Sigma 3 45-day Instructor Training is the only instructor program in the world that offers a potential franchise opportunity after you graduate. Moreover, this course has a comprehensive program of instruction.

Program of Instruction

The schedule of instruction for the 45-Day Instructor course is as follows:

  • Survival Standard Basic-Intermediate (Week 1)
  • Advanced Survival Standard Advanced Primitive Skills (Week 2)
  • Wild Plants, Bow Making, and Survival Trapping (Week 3)
  • Long Term Survival & Primitive Living (Week 4)
  • Scout Knife Only Survival Week! Live off the land with only a knife (Week 5)
  • SERE Training, Escape & Evasion, Urban Survival (Week 6)

As you can see, this training is very thorough. It definitely sets the student up for success in the field. You can not go wrong with taking advantage of this survival training. For more information on this and other training offered by the Sigma 3 Survival School, visit their website and call them to get your particular questions answered regarding these courses.


Life has a way of tearing you down. It can be extremely difficult to carry the weight of it all. Many are aware that I took the 45 Day Instructor Course in the Spring of 2016, but what most don’t know is “WHY” I took the program. I will get into that shortly, but I wan’t you to first understand there are many reasons people take this course.  For some it is the thought of one day teaching survival for a living, for others they want to join the Sigma team, but for most it is the opportunity to reconnect with nature.  Each of those are amazing reasons to attend this course.


For me, I was going through a very dark time.  I had lost my career (my calling), my best friend just went to jail for 40 years, and some people I thought had my back abandoned me.  The crappy thing about it all, is none of this was my doing. It was the direct actions of another.  I had lost all hope.  $4,000 for a survival course seems like a far stretch, but at that time I would have paid a million dollars for a sense of relief and purpose again.

When I first arrived at Sigma 3 I was so excited.  For 45 days I didn’t have to worry about anything except what I was going to eat, and where I was going to sleep. The heavy load completely lifted off my shoulders.  From there, the rest was history.  I am happy to say I was able to let go, and learn to forgive.  Healing took place on that mountain.

Here are many of the life changing benefits that can come from immersing yourself into the wild:

  • Fresh Perspective
  • New Beginning
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Independence from Artificial Establishments
  • Friendships that Last
  • Confidence in Your Abilities
  • Self-Realization like Never before
  • Oneness with Nature
  • Appreciation for the little things.
  • Stronger Relationships with Family
  • Freedom to Rediscover Who YOU ARE.
  • & PEACE!

Not to even mention the skills you will learn, and the doors of opportunity that will open. As soon as I graduated I was invited to be a guest instructor at several survival schools, and even got a couple full-time teaching opportunities.  I decided to take a job as the full-time survival instructor for a school based in South Carolina.  I was super excited, but my heart was always in the Ozarks.   My family and I moved to the Carolinas in the Summer of 2016, and within 6 months I had created an established survival program there.   At the end of 2016 Rob (Sigma 3 Owner) decided it was time for me to come home, and he offered me the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor position at Sigma 3.  Since then I have been leading the Sigma program, and together with Rob’s guidance we continue to run one of the largest and most comprehensive survival schools in the World.

So if you are like me, and need a fresh start then consider the 45 Days Instructor Program.  I know you won’t regret it. REGISTER HERE!

See my journey here:

The Survival Instructor Course…

How it all began…

I have always been interested in survival and self reliance. From the days of my childhood and on into my teenage years , I pondered the ways of the settlers and the Indians.  During my teenage years, my closest friends and I would go camping or just go down to the ditch banks , make camp fires , spend our time learning to cuss and spit tobacco and were known to fry fish in a shovel from time to time.

Fast forward to modern day adult hood at the age of 45. By this time I had watched survival experts on YouTube and had witnessed the explosion of interest in bush craft survival that had led to a barrage of survival and self reliance shows.  During this time I had found a school (at the time) in Northwest Arkansas on YouTube called Sigma 3 Survival School and had watched some videos and became very impressed with the skills they were teaching, as well as the simplistic manner they were taught. Life being what it was in the “real world”, I was usually too busy trying to make ends meet to spend much time  following my passions. So, as usual, they fell to the wayside.

One day a couple of years later, I stumbled upon the Sigma 3 website and noticed they had expanded to include four more school locations and had moved the main headquarters to Mansfield MO. I was impressed to say the least so I looked closer at the curriculum and class schedules. I really wanted to participate in this arena and learn from the best, by this time I had surmised them to be in that category.

Preparations begin….

Taking the Forty Five Day Instructor Course would mean that I would have to quit my job, go at the very least a month and a half without income, and attempt to reestablish myself when I returned. My hopes were that I would be able to teach for Sigma 3 and/or start my own school. However, I had to make it through the course and pass before any of that could happen.

I thought about it for several weeks and began to work on acquiring all the equipment that I would need. I had a large portion of it already such as hatchets, knives, canteens, winter clothes and boots, fire starters and the like. None the less, I spent many hours looking fore the extras and pondering which knife would be best , which pack would hold up and what kind of food to take as I was responsible for bringing a months worth with me. I even custom made a bush knife for the trip out of an old saw blade and I always carry a small knife a friend gave me made of the same.

I had made a combination of deer, beef and rabbit jerky for the trip along with my instant coffee, herbal teas, bee pollen, tuna fish and a host of dried vegetables, fruits, nuts and granola for my sustenance.

My Suburban was loaded down. The weather was warm the week  class started so I had lots of warm weather clothes as well as cold weather clothing and rain gear. I took about ten knives, four hatchets and overall, just too much junk!


I practiced bow drill method of fire for a week using different materials, mostly from cedar around my house, before time to leave. I was able to get smoke, lots of it, but failed each time to get a coal and was perplexed as to why. I had watched videos and had found dry materials and could not figure it out. I knew, however, that it had to be something simple, maybe the way I made my notch in the hearth board? Alas, I consigned myself to letting it go until I could learn from the pros. I knew that with the conditioning I had just put myself through, I would surely have it soon.  I later discovered , among other things, that my spindle had too much heart wood in it and I had been drilling into a heart wood fire board, which is a bad combination.

Time to begin the journey…..

I woke up on the morning I was to leave with a strange feeling of excitement mixed with fear and dread. What was I about to get myself into? Was I really ready for this? Was I physically able to accomplish this mission of missions that I had very little experience with? I didn’t know. What I did know was that I had spent the money and it was non refundable. I had to go and had to succeed, that was all there was to it.  So, off I went. I said my good byes the day before and set off to Mansfield, Missouri without any real idea of what was about to happen.

Arrival at Sigma 3 Survival School….


I had finally reached Mansfield and was attempting to navigate my way to county road B where it seemed that I was heading out into the middle of nowhere. After what seemed like several miles, I crossed a railroad track and to my great relief was a sign at a turn off onto a dirt road that said “Sigma III Survival School”!  My heart leaped in my chest and the excitement took hold! I had followed Justin Williams’s (Sigma Director) post on his YouTube Channel Dirt Time Adventures of when he had made the journey before and recalled how he expressed his excitement in his video upon arrival. I felt akin.


So I drove along the winding dirt road and again felt like the road would never end. Finally I came to a gate that was partially in the road , just wide enough that I could drive through. It wound around up an incline and there I saw the “cabin”, a pavilion, and …Awesome! (I thought to myself) A Tipi!  The place looked empty as I pulled into what I assumed to be the parking area. I exited my truck and decided to look around. I saw two men over in the woods past the tipi, so, I went on over and introduced myself. They were both there for the same reason I was, to take the instructor course.  Geoffrey had been there two days.  the other guy had just arrived that morning and there was one guy Steve who had been there a week alone already who was in town at the time. Geoffrey  told me that a bear had been in camp the night before and Steve ( the one in town) had ran it off.

I had never been anywhere other than a zoo where live bears roaming around was commonplace so, my level of fear mixed with excitement had raised to def con 3. I was more excited than fearful and looked forward to actually getting to see a bear in the wild! However, I never did.

That first night before class was to begin, we were all setting up camp in primitive shelters that were already built on the property. I chose a jungle hooch and put my tarp over it. It was amazingly comfortable and I slept very well.

As people started showing up, I met a barrage of interesting and unique individuals from many parts of the US and the Netherlands. As our instructor course would be running simultaneously with regular courses, I saw many different people come and go with the passing of some of the basic classes such as Survival Standard and Advanced Standard.

We learned about shelter building from emergency survival situations to long term wilderness living and sustainability. We learned how to find and gather materials and resources for fire, shelter and water for immediate and long term use. We learned how to take what nature has to offer and make tools, cordage, medicine, and weapons. Some lessons learned included making pottery, flint knapping, trapping, how to move in the woods for safety and stealth, camouflage techniques, meat and hide procurement and processing, bow making, coal burn containers, basket weaving, navigation methods for night and day, tracking, escape and evasion maneuvers and a host of tidbits along the way too numerous to mention here.

Once our instructors were confident in our abilities, we had what is called Scout Week Knife only.

Scout Week…

We were taken to a new location and allowed only a knife and what clothes we could wear on our bodies at one time. The temperatures were in the 20’s that week dipping into the teens at night. Our first objectives were to build a primitive shelter, find a water source and gather materials to build a bow drill kit so we could make a fire. Not everyone is able to accomplish fire on the first day due to the various requirements for a proper kit and the physical demands of such an undertaking. We were alone in our endeavors until we achieved our tasks.

I tackled shelter building first and had a really nice one built in just a couple of hours , had found a fresh water spring and some discarded plastic water bottles to use as canteens and then I spent the rest of my afternoon looking for material for my bow drill kit. It can be difficult to find proper wood in the right stage of decay and dryness to achieve a coal. After I had acquired what I thought was the best I was going to find and still have enough daylight to gather firewood for the night  I set out to build my kit and get my fire started.

A bow drill kit is made up of five parts, the hearth board, spindle, bearing block, bow and the coal catch. I recommend using a small piece of wood instead of a leaf , something like a thin shaving about an inch or so long and wide enough to hold the coal securely. This provides a good ground moisture barrier and protects that hard earned coal better.

By the time I got my kit made , it was getting dark and I could barely see. I was tired and knew that it would take the rest of my energy reserve to use the bow drill to get a coal. I hoped that my kit would be good enough, I had my doubts. I could feel the temperature dropping as the night was taking over. So, I took a few moments to relax and mentally prepare myself for the task at hand.

And so, I began. By the time I had burned the spindle in, it was really getting dark, I could barely see as I carved my notch in the board. By the time I was ready to drill for a coal, I had to feel with my fingers to find placement for the spindle. As I  worked the bow to heat up the board, I began to smell smoke. I knew that It was time to add pressure and really go for a coal! I could tell the smoke had increased greatly as scent of it engulfed my lungs. I gave it all I had for a final few seconds and then……exhausted, my heart sank as I considered how cold the night was going to be without a fire. I just sat there, didn’t move, just catching my breath….. out of the darkness…is that….YES! It’s glowing red! I had a coal and it grew and grew until it was glowing bright and beautiful as it pierced the darkness. I grabbed my tender bundle and gently placed it in the center, folded it gently around and began to lightly blow taking my time until it burst into flame. I quickly began to lay in small sticks and slowly fed it until it was a magnificently warm campfire.

I had done it! I had achieved shelter, water, and fire on day one. I was relieved and quite pleased with myself. That night I slept well.

The rest of that week was spent making primitive weapons, gathering wild edibles, improving shelters, making natural cordage, making a basket and eating insects. The only food we had was what we could harvest from the land with what we could make or find having only a knife. I found out black ants are natures skittles, they are quite tasty. I ate roasted grasshoppers and spiders and later on in the week I was able to catch some small bass from the creek.

By our seventh and final day of scout week, we were all ready for a feast. We had been playing a game about food for several nights to pass the time  by naming food that begins with letters of the alphabet from A to Z. We had food on the brain.

We had started our journey with fifteen instructor candidates and now we were down to only nine of us left. We had all become very close and connected. I had noticed early on that my dreams had become very active and vivid. I had been experiencing deja vu and commented that I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. During conversations I had found that many of us were  having the same experiences of vivid dreams and deja vu.  Through our collective trials and victories as the weeks had progressed, we had become a family. This would serve us well the following week.

Our final week consisted of SERE training, modified from a military version to a civilian counterpart. SERE stands for Survive Escape Resist Evade. This training will test your mind, body and will. You will learn how tough you really are. I won’t go into a lot of details here, this training is best experienced rather than discussed but, I will say that you will experience a small taste of what being kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured could be like.



When I received my certificate and patch that says I am a Sigma 3 Level 1 Instructor, It meant more to me than any other certificate I had ever had and still does to this day. I had accomplished something that not many people could do and I had gained new family and entered a brotherhood like no other.

This whole experience changed my life forever and the way I see the world around me. I found out that I am stronger than I once believed and I am confident in my abilities to survive in the wilderness. I still have much to learn and much to improve on but, I have the will, determination and a foundation to build upon. Bushcraft is now a part of who I am and I will continue down this path from now on.

In closing, I encourage you to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to break out of the box that society has put you in, and take the Sigma 3 Survival Instructor Course. The more I learn about nature and what it has to offer, the more I understand that is where real life is meant to be lived. There is peace and joy in the wonders of the wilderness. Step out and experience life as your ancestors did, reconnect with nature.

Pleasant journeys my friends….

Doug Householder

Sigma III Level 1 Instructor

This is the most intense and long term wilderness survival training that SIGMA 3 currently offers. This is the best way to take all our classes at once and become a certified in-house wilderness survival  instructor for SIGMA 3. You will learn everything you need to know for short term and long term survival.


Difficulty Rating: Level 3

The survival instructor course is hands down the most difficult and grueling course we offer. It includes everything we teach at SIGMA 3 and will prepare you for anything the outdoor world has to throw at you. This course is designed to immerse you into the wilderness where we will teach you everything you need to know about bushcraft and survival skills.


You’ll begin with the survival standard course and work your way through the entire program of courses we offer, with much more included than our regular standard programs. We get much more in depth and add difficulty elements to all the classes for instructor candidates.

This survival instructor course also has the opportunity to teach for us and make money. But most students take this course for the other benefits it offers. There is just something that can’t be explained about what 45 days completely immersed in the wilderness will do for your soul. But this is definitely a life changing course. You will never look at the world the same way after we open you up to these survival skills.


Survival truly is the martial art of freedom. And nothing else out there can empower you to travel and adventure more than these skills will. Come join the SIGMA tribe and gain the skills that will enable you to survive in comfort anywhere you travel!

For more info, make sure to visit the class page. This is the checkout page and has limited information. Or better yet, give us a call. The number is listed below. We can’t wait to get some dirt time with you! Call today for more info.

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