Survival Skills Camp: Kid Vs. Wild

Mill Valley – Survival Skills Camp

Our Survival Skills Day Camp introduces campers to the power and practical value of the natural world as they learn to survive and thrive outdoors. Alongside our accomplished instructors, campers spend a full week exploring Marin County’s beautiful outdoor recreation destinations, hiking, and learning essential survival skills—navigation, animal tracking, tool making, fire safety—to keep them safe and self-reliant in the wilderness.

Campers tackle challenges suited to their age and skill level, advancing as their proficiency and comfort grow. We also group them by grade range—2nd-4th graders in Survival Skills Camp, 5th-7th graders in Survival Skills Adventure Team—giving them the individual attention they need to deepen their survival skills and build confidence outdoors.

Survival Skills Day Camp campers don’t need any previous survival or outdoor experience.

There is a shuttle to/from San Francisco available. Details can be found here.

PRICING

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Camp Pricing Single 2-Fer 3-Peat 4-Pack
Number of Camps 1 2 3 4
Price Per Camp $589 $564 $556 $539
YOU SAVE! - $50 $100 $200

* Why your kid should do multiple weeks of Avid.

* Why we charge what we do.

* We are committed to inclusivity for all. Are finances a barrier for you? Apply For Financial Assistance or Check Out Payment Plans.

* Multi-week discount applies to individual camper only.

ADD-ON PRICES Price
Optional:  
Early Drop Off $30
After Care $85
Lunch for the Week $22.50
San Francisco - Mill Valley Shuttle $75

CAMPS

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Grades Dates
Survival Skills Adventure Team #MV1907-Iss 5th - 7th 07/08/19 - 07/12/19 Register Now
Survival Skills Camp #MV1905-Iss 2nd - 4th 06/24/19 - 06/28/19 Register Now Almost Full
Survival Skills Camp #MV1908-Iss 2nd - 4th 07/15/19 - 07/19/19 Register Now

THE WEEK’S ADVENTURES

Hiking

Survival Skills

Navigation

Places We Go: China Camp, Marin County Open Space

On their hikes, campers learn basic navigation skills, explore the principles of Leave No Trace and learn to observe and identify useful plants as they build awareness, appreciation and respect for the world around them.

Places We Go: China Camp, Marin County Open Space

We teach campers how to track animals, identify scat, find food and medicine in the wild and fashion utensils and shelter from gathered materials. We also cover the basics of flint knapping, tool making and fire safety, giving campers hands-on practice with hand-drill and bow-drill fire tools.

Places We Go: China Camp, Marin County Open Space

Campers will use the sun, sky, trees, and sticks as their tools as they learn to produce and use ancient navigational aides. With these techniques they’ll learn to find their way in any situation!

MEET YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR

Zachary Hykan

I love to work with kids because they bring such high energy and passion for learning new activities and skills. It’s inspiring for me to see kids leap head first into a new thing, even when it’s hard or scary.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blues Clues? It was the most successful kids show of all time. Do you remember that book that your child insisted on reading over and over again? How could you forget it. Why was Blues Clues so successful and why did your child NEED to re-read that book? Because repetition promotes learning, growth, and empowerment.

Based on our experience (and a bunch of brain science), we know that multiple weeks of Avid camp will benefit your child – it will result in greater skill development, increased self-confidence, higher levels of risk assessment/environmental awareness, and an improved ability to connect socially with others.

WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.

OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY