Locations: Catskill Mountains – New York State, the Colorado Rockies and Lake Livingston in Houston, Texas
Price: $598 USD per pair of 1 adult and 1 child
Duration: 24 hours


“As a father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fun but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down. So it is with great pride that we can now launch our 24 Hour Family Course as a great opportunity for parents to share these experiences with their children together.” says Bear Grylls.

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy has arrived in the USA! The courses run in The Catskills Mountains of New York State, the Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado and Lake Livingston in Houston, Texas. These courses are designed to inspire fathers and sons and mothers and daughters, to get out in to the back country and have a great adventure BGSA style!


Techniques taught will include, how to build and light a fire, how to navigate by day and night with no map or compass, survival knife skills, stalking, making and setting traps and foraging for natural wild food. At the end of the first day you will build a shelter and prepare your own evening meal with whatever resources you have. On day two of the course it’s time for dynamic action. You will need all your courage, determination and the skills you have learnt in order to get rescued. In true BG fashion, no one is going to come and rescue you. Spend the next few hours running, jumping, climbing, swimming, rappelling and scrambling your way back to captivity. The Academy has been designed for parents and 9-17 year old children by Bear Grylls and will be run by his close team of highly trained experts. It is the perfect opportunity to bring family members together to share a truly memorable and fun experience.

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure. Climber, mountaineer, Parachutist and extreme adventurer, Bears experiences range from summiting Everest, surviving the Legion and from the many skills learnt from his time with the British Reserve Special Forces. Over the past 10 years, Bear has massed even more experience during seven seasons of Man vs. Wild and his latest shows, Get Out Alive and Escape from Hell have all added to his knowledge and vast experience.


These are just some of the many activities you will partake in during the ’24 Hour Family Survival Course’ from the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.

  • River crossings
  • Water purification
  • Build emergency shelters and Fire Building
  • Navigate harsh terrain by day and night
  • Rope skills – crossing difficult terrain
  • Survival knife skills
  • Dynamic Self Rescue Techniques

About the courses:

  • The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Family Courses will run from midday – midday
  • All meals, selected kit & accommodation included during the course
  • Limited to 12 places (6 Pairs)
  • Cost is $589 USD for two places child & adult, children must be aged between 9-17 years and both parties must be physically active
  • Bear Grylls Survival Academy are reserving 1 placement per course for an adult with 2 children between 10-17yrs. Places are strictly limited, please ask a member of the team for current availability and pricing.
  • On completion of the course participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate

*exchange rates may vary  if you are paying by GBP Sterling – we will confirm your cost in USD at the time of confirming your booking if you wish to do so.


Catskills Mountains, YMCA Frost Valley – New York State.

This course is held at Frost Valley YMCA Claryville located in the Catskills Mountains just 2 hours North of New York City. Located on over 5,000 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains – we provide year-round access to natural environments, adventure and most of all fun. Do you have a Teenager who is mad about Bear? Why not enroll them in the Teen Summer Camp Program at Frost Valley – The Catskills Click here to find out more…

Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies – Colorado

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 hour Family Course in Colorado is Located near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together. A stone’s throw away from Denver, this is an amazing wild and rugged environment ideal for Bear’s unique style of survival training. The terrain will be one of the most challenging aspects of this location whilst the amazing wildlife will provide another. Coyotes, Bears and Wolves to name but a few. Would you have what it takes to survive?

Lake Livingston, YMCA Camp Cullen – Texas
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy course in Texas is held at YMCA Camp Cullen. Nestled along the tall pines on 530 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston, YMCA Camp Cullen creates an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Texas. In the enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere, everyone can enjoy what this location has to offer. If you are looking for a way to experience this captivating environment while challenging yourself, the 24-Hour BGSA course at YMCA Camp Cullen is for you!



Bear Grylls Survival Academy is tough both mentally and physically. In order to ensure that you will be able to cope with the demands of the course, participants should be fit and healthy and able to undertake physical activity, you must also be a competent swimmer.


These items listed 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.

Please Arrive Wearing:

  • Robust Mountain Boots or Shoes
  • Good walking/trekking socks
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer (ie. t-shirt or wicking top and bottoms, long sleeved top, jumper/fleece or jacket)
  • Cotton Outdoor Trousers

In a Duffle bag/Ruck sack please bring with you:

  • Extra Fleece/Warm Jumper
  • Gloves and Hat
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Swimming shorts/Costume
  • Personal medication
  • A pair of spare socks and underwear

Separate but in the same bag:

  • Spare clean T-Shirt and Jumper/Fleece
  • Spare Trousers
  • 1 pair of spare socks and underwear
  • Wash bag and Towel
  • Shoes
  • Camera (in a waterproof bag)

And a large bag of enthusiasm and smiles!!!

Provided for you:

  • 30ltr rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping mat
  • Four season sleeping bag



Available course dates are listed in the booking form

Please note – all activities are weather dependent and may be affected by other factors beyond our control. The course schedule and content may be re-arranged or amended as of short notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24hr Family Survival course costs from $598 USD for a pair comprising of 1 adult and 1 child. Prices are inclusive of accommodation and meals but exclude flights and transfers.

Do you have a child who is mad about Bear? Why not enrol them in the Teen Summer Camp Program at Frost Valley – The Catskills Click here to find out more…

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