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Campers will explore these specific skills as they pertain to both survival and general woodland proficiency. We will create a warm, dry group shelter using materials gathered from the forest.  We will discuss and practice methods of finding and purifying water(it's not an emergency so we'll stick to drinking what we know is safe).  We'll work with a variety of fire starting materials and tools, both primitive and modern, as well as fire safety and maintenance.  We will explore the possibilities of wild foods and what we might do to secure food in the wilderness.

This class will be part theory, with lots of hands-on practice and testing.  Other concepts such as lost proofing, basic navigation, and survival basics will be explored. 

Survival Skills: Fundamental Four

Grades 4-7     July 29 - August 2

These are the fundamental four of wilderness survival skills:

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Days:  Monday - Friday


  • Flexible Drop-off  8:30 - 9:00am 
  • Camp hours  9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Flexible Pick-up 3:00 - 3:30pm
  • After Camp 3:30 - 5:30pm​​ (pre-registration required, available at check-out, learn more HERE)

Drop-off & Pick-up Location:  the tennis courts at the Asheville School in West Asheville (Google Maps link)

  • Campers will be shuttled via passenger van to one of our forested camp locations in the greater Asheville area.  Vans depart the drop-off area at 9am and return at 3pm.

Tuition:  $284 per child

  • Discounts available before March 16 and are listed on the main Summer Camp page.
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration to secure a spot in camp
  • Limited partial scholarships available, contact us for more info at

Survival Skills: Fundamental Four  ​-  Day Camp

Shelter     Water     Fire     Food