Quick Definition: An often rigorous training event whereby students undergo activities that are designed to develop their pickup skills.
The term Bootcamp originates from the training classes of the US Marine Corps/US Navy that are known for their rigorous and difficult training.
A typical pickup Bootcamp offers a combination of classroom instruction, exercises, and real world practice over the course of several days, although their duration can range from a few hours to several weeks. Bootcamps are offered by numerous pickup companies. They range in cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
Mystery and Juggler were the first teachers to offer “in-field Bootcamps,” where students witness demonstrations from their instructors and then practice their techniques in-field. This Bootcamp format has since become the norm, although some companies continue to offer seminars that consist only of classroom lectures.
Bootcamps are usually held in a high traffic, target rich locations such as dance clubs or crowded bars. This is the most likely place for PUAs to approach and learn from multiple sets in a short period of time. Due to the high number of targets, they are great places to practice (and for AFCs to crash and burn and develop strategies for overcoming AA).