Have an Extreme Survival Experience!

Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Programs (Boys & Girls Ages 11-17)

Frost Valley YMCA is home to the world’s only Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp for teens!

Campers Learn Valuable Outdoor Skills:

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

If your group was lost in the Catskill Mountains, would you have what it takes to make it through the night? The days are hot and the nights are cold. There’s no cell phone service and no signs of civilization. Would you know what to do in any wilderness survival situation? This six-day extreme camp teaches outdoor skills that are useful to anyone who loves the Great Outdoors, and could even be life-saving. Camp is led by survival professionals trained by the award-winning Bear Grylls Survival Academy, and the program’s director, Jeff Williams, has even worked with Bear Grylls himself. Through their guidance and supervision, campers gain dozens of skills as they’re put to the test in thrilling survival and endurance scenarios!

IMG_0473 This is also the only Frost Valley program to RAPPEL DOWN HIGH FALLS! 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.

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2019 Session Dates:

June 30th – July 5th: 1 Week Program for Ages 13-17
July 7th – 12th: 1 Week Program for Ages 13-17
July 14th – 26th: 2 Week Program for Returning Campers
July 28th – August 2nd: 1 Week Program for Ages 11-13
August 4th – 9th: 1 Week Program for Ages 11-13
August 11th – 16th: 1 Week Program for Ages 11-13
August 18th – 23rd: 1 Week Program for Ages 11-13

Tuition Fee:

1 Week Programs: $1,650
2 Week Programs: $2,500

Financial assistance is available! To apply, please contact the registrar’s office at 845-985-2291 or Registrar@FrostValley.org