Outdoor Survival

Be prepared! Register to learn outdoor survival skills like shelter-building, fire-starting, water purification, signalling and more.


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Wilderness Survivor

Do you think it would be fun to learn how to survive in the wild? Here’s your chance to get outside and learn hands-on in the great outdoors under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors. Each day we’ll head out to the Kananaskis area to learn how to safely build fires and shelters, be bear aware, and much more. The last two days are spent on a group overnight trip to try out your newly-acquired skills and sleep in a shelter that you built.

Required: check equipment list in the details below. Parent and participant pre-trip meeting will be held the Tuesday of your camp at 3:30 pm (Spring Wilderness Survivor is on June 9th). Food is not included but menu planning will be discussed in the course and at the parent/ participant meeting.

Out-of-city camps spend almost every day outside of the city limits. This is your chance to explore new locations around Kananaskis, Canmore, Airdrie, Bragg Creek, and more with our experienced staff. Transportation is primarily provided by 15-passenger vans and qualified drivers, but occasionally camps take chartered buses and Calgary Transit. Because we’ll be outside most of the time—rain or shine—participants are expected to bring a water bottle, lunch, and weather appropriate clothing including a rain jacket and rain pants every day. Additional camp-specific required items are in the details below.

Outdoor Survival

Learn how and why emergency situations develop, and how to proactively avoid these situations in the first place. The format is a 1-evening class with a weekend overnight component. We'll cover survival psychology, pre-planning and emergency response, a review of environmental medical emergencies, clothing and equipment considerations, options for shelter-building, fire-starting skills, signalling methods, water purification techniques and the role of nutrition. The course is offered in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of survival equipment for course activities; course manual; Personal Emergency Kit (take home); certified instructor. *Does not include foraging and hunting skills.

Intro to Tracking

Ever wondered how 'Mantracker' tracks his prey? Join us for an introductory course taught by a Search and Rescue expert. This weekend course will be a blend of classroom and outdoor practical field exercises, designed to set you up with the skills you need to be able to detect, read and follow tracks and signs in the backcountry. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, course manual, course completion certificate.