Even though camping season is almost over for most of us in the United States, it’s not too late to hone the skills you’ll need to be a rugged wilderness adventurer for next summer. The first Bear Grylls Explorer Camp is opening this month, teaching survival skills to small groups in the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to the success of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which opened in 2012 in the UK, Grylls is now setting up this UAE-based camp where people can learn outdoors skills in 24-hour adult and family courses, as well as eight-hour and half-day survival courses.
The camp will be located in Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah and geared toward small groups. Course options are half day (three-to-four hours), eight hours, and 24 hours. Unfortunately, the camp won’t be run by Grylls himself, but by experts who previously trained at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.
If you sign up, expect a crash course of basic survival skills, including how to build fires and emergency shelters in the wild. You’ll also be instructed on wilderness first aid, knife skills, sourcing food and water, navigation, and more.
Special camp accommodation is expected to open in 2021, in 20 recycled shipping containers. Once the accommodations open, guests will be able to take advantage of longer courses.
The courses are planned to start on October 16 with social distancing guidelines in place. Prices start at $122 per person for the half-day experience.