Survival Skills: Fundamental Four

Girl learning to make fire at survival skills summer camp in Asheville

Survival Skills: Fundamental Four

Just like our wild neighbors do everyday, we too can become denizens of the forest.

Learn the fundamentals of woodland survival with a focus on these four elements: ShelterWaterFireFood.

Build a cozy shelter that will keep you warm and dry. Find and purify life-sustaining water. Light a fire that will warm you up and lift your spirits. Gather wild edibles to nourish your body and maintain your vitality. Come and learn the Fundamental Four!

Grades: 9-12

Sessions:
July 4-8 (full/waitlist as of 2/19)

Registration

Registration is now open. Camps fill fast.  We offer payment plans and waitlists.

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Price: $295

  • Available discounts are listed on the Summer Camps page
  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
  • Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)

Why Choose Forest Floor?

We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.

 

  • Health benefits of nature connection
  • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
  • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
  • Unforgettable adventures every day
  • Skilled and caring mentors
  • Exciting wilderness experiences
  • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
  • Boost long term cognitive & social development
Cooking up some wild mushrooms at the camp fire at survival skills summer day camp

Logistics 

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

This program takes place at Shope Creek Wilderness. You may drop-off and pick-up directly here at our forest location.

We also offer convenient in-town drop-off and pick-up at Haw Creek Commons. We will provide van transportation to and from our forest location.

Shope Creek Wilderness
472 Shope Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

Haw Creek Commons for Van Transportation
315 Old Haw Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

Times

Flexible Drop-off:

8:30 - 9:00 am at Haw Creek Commons
8:45 - 9:15 am at Shope Creek Wilderness

Flexible Pick-up:

2:40 - 3:10 pm at Shope Creek Wilderness
3:00 - 3:30 pm at Haw Creek Commons

Clothing and Gear

Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, snack, full water bottle, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

A family is eligible for either: (1) a full refund if the cancellation occurs before the start of the program; or (2) a pro-rated refund for any unattended program days; under the following conditions:

- Forest Floor cancels any programs due to COVID-19 or the Sars-Cov-2(novel coronavirus) pandemic.
- A family needs to cancel because they are directly adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, or caring for sick family members).

AND in the event of cancellation (either on our part or yours)if you are in a position to donate your registration as a scholarship it would be a huge help to both Forest Floor and families in need.

Please note: Our standard cancellation & refund policy will apply for all cancellations other than the two conditions listed above. See our FAQ for details on our standard refund policy.

Scholarship Information

Overview

We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.

Donate

If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.

Apply

Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.

To apply for a scholarship FIRST please register for the program/camp, choose the payment plan option, and only pay a $100 deposit at time of registration.

AFTER RESERVING A SPOT, please follow the link below to fill out the application.

If your scholarship request can't be approved or isn't the amount of discount that you need, we will provide a full refund of the deposit.