24hr Adult Survival Course – USA

Locations: The Catskill Mountains of New York State,
the Colorado Rockies and Lake Livingston in Houston,Texas
Price: $399 USD per person
Duration: 24 hours

Do you have what it takes to survive?



Future Survival Academy with Bear Grylls

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Adult Courses are open to adults over the age of 18 and run at various locations across the USA including the Catskill Mountains of New York State, the Rockies of Colorado and Lake Livingston in Houston, Texas

Some of my toughest times have lasted for less than 24 hours yet have had the greatest impact on me. And that’s the goal on the 24 hour course: push yourself and learn life-saving skills and attitudes such as resourcefulness and calm under pressure. It’s intense but has proved itself so rewarding” says Bear Grylls.



Bears team of highly trained experts will facilitate learning, offer advice and guide participants through this grueling 24 hour course. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means. This is not a military boot camp and its much, much more than a bush craft course. This is an exclusive course where places are limited to only 12 participants who must be physically fit and active. From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness with no tent, water or food. During the course you will receive limited food, and water will need to be sourced locally from streams and pools. You will then have to forage for anything else that may supplement your diet.

Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

It is the perfect preparation for participants who were considering any of the Bear Grylls Extreme 5 day Survival Courses from The Highlands in Scotland, to the Survival in the Catskills and even at Victoria Falls in Africa!


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

  • Dynamic river crossings
  • Improvised wilderness first aid
  • Emergency shelter builds
  • Navigate harsh terrain by day and night
  • Rope skills – crossing difficult terrain
  • Survival knife skills and fire lighting
  • Foraging for food, setting snares & traps
  • Dynamic Self Rescue Techniques

 About the course:

  • The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Adult Courses run across various locations in the USA
  • On completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate
  • All meals, selected kit & accommodation are provided during the course
  • The cost is $399 USD per person
  • The course is limited to just 12 places

*exchange rates may vary – The cost in USD will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Please note – all activities are weather dependent.


Catskill Mountains, YMCA Frost Valley – New York State
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy course takes place at the YMCA, Frost Valley, Catskill Mountains, New York State. New York’s Catskill Mountains include one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East. Round, forested mountains; narrow, winding valleys; rushing streams and rivers are features that attract many to the 600,000 acres of the Catskill Park. The landscape has difficult terrain including rivers, lakes, steep ascents and undulating countryside, it will be a challenging and demanding environment to survive in, courage, knowledge and above all determination will be key if participants are going to be able to complete the course.

Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies – Colorado
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 hour Adult 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!



As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is challenging both mentally and physically. In order to get the most out of the course, applicants should be fit and healthy.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I active?
  • Can I hike for an hour carrying a light 20lb daypack?
  • Am I a competent swimmer?
  • Am I determined?

If you have an concerns or questions about health & fitness for this course, please contact a member of the BGSA team.


If you sign up – this 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.

  • 1 pair of robust mountain boots or similar with ankle support
  • Trousers (lightweight)
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer
  • Thick fleece or duvet jacket
  • Hat and balaclava
  • Gloves x 2  thin & thicker outer (waterproof)
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Swimming shorts/costume
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses (weather dependent)
  • Casual clothes (spares, including footwear)
  • Wash bag
  • Towel
  • Personal medication
  • Camera (in a waterproof bag)

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to enrollees by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:

  • Four seasons sleeping bag and liner
  • Head torch
  • 40ltr ruck sack and waterproof liner
  • Air (sleeping) mat
  • Metal mug & spoon
  • Bear Grylls survival knife



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 Adult Survival courses cost $399 USD per person. Prices are inclusive of accommodation and meals but exclude flights and transfers.
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