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Course Information

Can you survive a week of extreme survival challenges in the Catskills?

"Struggle develops strength, and storms make you stronger!"
Bear Grylls
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This six-day extreme camp at renowned Frost Valley YMCA, teaches outdoor skills that are useful to anyone who loves the great outdoors, and could even be life-saving - all led by survival professionals trained by the award-winning Bear Grylls Survival Academy.

Through their guidance and supervision, campers gain dozens of skills as they’re put to the test in thrilling survival and endurance scenarios!

Campers will be outfitted in top-of-the-line essentials so they can safely overcome challenges that are simulated, yet no less extreme, in the Catskill wilderness — while also experiencing the natural world around them, building a strong sense of camaraderie with their peers, developing grit and resilience, and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones.

Campers Learn Valuable Outdoor Skills:

  • Foraging for food
  • How to build a fire for cooking and warmth
  • Creating a shelter in nature
  • Rappelling (down a waterfall!)
  • The safest way to cross waterways & rough terrain
  • Trapping and snaring
  • Various methods of dynamic self-rescue


  • The course is limited to 12 participants, aged between 11 and 17.
  • Separate courses are run for participants aged 11-13 and 13-17 (see course dates below)
  • A two week course is also available, exclusive to past campers.
  • The cost is $1650 per person for the one week course and $2500 per person for the exclusive two week course


2019 dates now available for registration:

28 July 2019 - 1 week (11-13yrs)

4 August 2019 - 1 week (11-13yrs)

11 August 2019 - 1 week (11-13yrs)

18 August 2019 - 1 week (11-13yrs)

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Catskills Mountains, New York State, USA
One of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East, the Catskills Mountains boast verdant forests, narrow, winding valleys, rushing rivers and streams, crashing waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. Of the 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, 250,000 are designated ‘forever wild’, making them one of the toughest – and most rewarding – places to earn your survival stripes.

These items will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!