Is my camper sleeping on the ground or in homemade shelters all week long?

Does my camper need to be able to fit and carry everything they bring to camp in a back pack?

Are there bathrooms and showers at the base camp?

What is the food like? Is my camper going to be foraging and hunting for food?

What if my camper is not comfortable with or doing well with one of the activities?

 

Is my camper sleeping on the ground or in homemade shelters all week long?

  • The Bear Grylls Teen Survival Camp has 2 Yurts that serve as our headquarters for the week. They are outfitted with bunk beds and plenty of dry space to store the campers belongings. The campers will be sleeping in the yurts for 3 of the 5 nights.

Does my camper need to be able to fit and carry everything they bring to camp in a back pack?

  • Campers can definitely bring duffle bags, suit case, trunks; there is no preference on these items. The camper’s items for the week can be kept at the base camp even when we are out in the woods. Campers will pack into our provided ruck sacks for the day of activities.

Are there bathrooms and showers at the base camp?

  • There is an Eloo at the base camp. An Eloo is a sustainable toilet that we use on site. It is a permanent structure that provides privacy and amenities to be clean. We provide campers with the option of using a solar shower while at camp. There is a wooden privacy structure at the base camp that the solar shower can hang from for the campers to use, if they please.

What is the food like? Is my camper going to be foraging and hunting for food?

  • The staff will be teaching the campers bush craft and cooking on an open fire. Food supplies are provided to the camp from the Frost Valley YMCA kitchen, and the program empowers the campers to work together to cook their meals. We also teach the methods by which an individual would forage or trap for food, but that is not the way that we obtain our food supplies for meals.  We can make accommodations for any special dietary needs.

What if my camper is not comfortable with or doing well with one of the activities?

  • Our programs and activities adopt the theory of “challenge by choice”. This means that we will encourage all of the campers to participate and challenge themselves in the activities, but if they are really set against continuing with it, they absolutely do not have to. We gauge the intensity of any activity that we do on the abilities of the campers as a whole, not individually. Example would be that: We hike as fast as our slowest hiker. We strive to challenge every one of our campers and also to create situations that give them a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and success.