How old are you? if your still young, the boy scouts is a great place to start. If you are older like keystone said find a person thats into camping and survival. Also you can find a ton of stuff on survival sites, and in books, just start looking. But definetly if you can find a mentor that's the way to go.
Some feel a flashlight is essential some a luxury,a quality headlamp will leave you in the light and hands free.Just a thought,personally I'm in the essential group.( a red light will not ruin your night vision.)