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24 Hour Adult Course, Catskills USA

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

“Some of my toughest times have lasted for less than 24 hours, yet have had the greatest impact on me.” — Bear Grylls

In this intense 24-hour survival experience, you’ll learn practical life-saving skills, attitudes such as resourcefulness and calm under pressure, and push yourself farther than ever before. From hour one, when you arrive in the wilderness with no tent, and limited water and food rations, the pressure is on to source food and water locally from streams and pools. Guided by Bear’s team of highly trained experts, you’ll be taught to identify animal runs, lay traps, skin and gut your quarry, and forage to supplement your diet. You’ll acquire survival knife skills, wilderness first aid, fire lighting, and rope skills like knots and harnesses, then use these skills to navigate difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by day and night. You’ll also learn to build emergency shelters and protect yourself in the wild from attack.

Much more than a bush craft course, this exclusive experience is limited to just twelve adult participants, who must be physically fit and active. It’s the perfect preparation for enthusiasts considering any our extreme survival courses.


  • The Bear Grylls Survival Academy USA 24 Hour Adult Courses are also run in Colorado.
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate.
  • All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course.
  • The course is limited to 16 places.
  • The cost is $399 per person.

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.


Course Dates

Course participants are limited to 16 on this course, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Available course dates
Only 12 spaces left - HURRY!

October 14th 2017

Only 6 spaces left - HURRY!

September 30th 2017



In Just 24Hrs

River Runs and/or Lake Crossings

These are just a few of the exciting activities you will undertake during the course of the 24 hour course

First Aid

Improvised Wilderness First Aid


Emergency Shelter Builds

Rope Rescue

Rope Skills Crossing Difficult Terrain


Survival Knife Skills and Fire Lighting



These items 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. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

Hiking boots/shoes

Preferably with good ankle support

1 Pair of Trousers

Outdoor/ active (lightweight)

Base and Mid Layers

Base = next to skin, Mid = lightweight fleece

Winter jacket
Winter hat
1 Pair of Gloves


Socks and Underwear

Good walking/ trekking socks are advised

Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Trousers
Sunglasses and Suncream

Weather dependent, but high factor sun cream is advised

Casual Clothes

Spare clothes and footwear to wear after the course

Wash bag
Personal Medication
Mosquito Repellent

weather dependent


In a waterproof bag

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to participants by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:
  • Sleeping Bag and Liner

  • Head Torch

  • Ruck Sack and Waterproof Liner

  • Metal Mug and Spoon

  • BG Canteen and mug

  • Bear Grylls Survival Knife

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



Catskills Mountains, New York State, USA
One of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East, the Catskills Mountains boast verdant forests, narrow, winding valleys, rushing rivers and streams, crashing waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. Of the 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, 250,000 are designated ‘forever wild’, making them one of the toughest – and most rewarding – places to earn your survival stripes.

Catskills Mountains, New York State, USA



As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is challenging both mentally and physically. So, 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/Trek for an Hour, Carrying a 20lb Daypack?

  • Am I a Competent Swimmer?

  • Am I Determined?

If you have any questions regarding the fitness and health requirements, please feel free to contact the BGSA team

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