Over the past three years, hundreds of people of various ages have experienced the adventure of a lifetime ever since Frost Valley YMCA debuted the Bear Grylls Survival Academy adventure courses for both families and adults, as well as the Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp just for teens and pre-teens. The camp, open to boys and girls ages 11-17, has brought young outdoor enthusiasts into the Catskill wilderness to participate in Bear Grylls-approved survival training. Campers learn techniques such as water purification, knife safety and use, cooking in the wild, and shelter building, while also building confidence and developing a relationship with nature. But more importantly, they discover camaraderie among new friends by encouraging and supporting one another through the most challenging parts of the journey.
This program has been so influential on all who have participated, that Frost Valley is now offering a 2-week Bear Grylls Teen Survival Camp for returning campers only, from July 16 to 28, 2017. This new 2-week program will include higher climbs, more in-depth challenges, and a three- day extended overnight survival trek. Due to its increased intensitiy, this new program is exclusive to previous Bear Grylls campers. Both the new 2-week program and the initial 1-week camp give campers a deeper appreciation for nature, while teaching leadership skills, and building strong character by allowing youngsters to overcome challenges within a supportive community. For details and registration, please visit: FrostValley.org/camp/bgsa-teen-summer-programs