A week of survival skills in the US Virgin Islands
WHAT WE LOVE
- Master survival skills
- Spend a week in a remote island camp
- Put your skills to practice with a night outdoors
- Enjoy a tropical climate
Spend a week learning all about outdoor survival. You'll travel to St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, for an adventure unlike any other. Upon arriving, you'll meet your hosts for the trip at the stunning Mount Victory Camp. Under the shade of coconut palms and mango trees, your expert instructors will teach you how to make friction fire, build shelter, filter water, weave baskets, create primitive pottery, make basic tools, identify wild edibles, and more. Between lessons, you'll have time to hike through the forests, relax on the beach, or snorkel in the water.
The highlight of your trip is the survival overnight. After four days of instruction, you'll hike into the forest to put your skills to the test. Using your newfound knowledge, you'll find food and create your fire for the evening before spending the night outdoors in your own shelter. After successfully completing the challenge, you'll have time to celebrate with your group before you return home with a new, empowering and illuminating experience to carry with you.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21
Arrive on St. Croix, orientation and friction fire lesson
MONDAY, JANUARY 22
Forest hike, wild plant IDs and animal tracking, snorkeling and tools demo, pottery making
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23
Basket workshop, snorkeling, dinner at Point Udall
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24
Skill lessons on beach, utensil and container making, coconut husking, overnight prep
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25
Hike to location and survival overnight
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
Camp celebration, final workshops, farewell dinner
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
Final day, return to airport
Domestic adventure travel trips are confirmed two months in advance (November 25th) and require a minimum of six registrants. If your trip is not confirmed at that time, you'll receive a 100% refund. If you'd like to check a trip's status before purchasing flights, you can email [email protected]
Arrival and orientation
Upon landing in St. Croix, you'll be greeted by your Discover Outdoors guide who will transport you to your home for the weekend: Mount Victory Camp. You'll have some time to explore and settle in before dinner, followed by a brief orientation and discussion of the week. Your instructors will then kick off the skills demos with a lesson in friction fire before bed.
Forest hike, plant IDs, tracking, and tools
After a delicious breakfast, you'll pack up for a hike through the forest and to the beach. Along the way, you'll learn about the many plants in the area and do some animal tracking. Your instructors will point out items to gather that will be turned into fish spears once you arrive at the beach. After lunch, you'll have time to relax on the beach or snorkel and to collect clay and stones that will later be used for pottery and primitive tools. Dinner will be back at camp.
Basket workshop, snorkeling, Point Udall
Today's focus will be on vine collection and basket making. The morning will be full of chances to work with your instructors on these skills before heading to Isaac's Bay for some exploration and snorkeling. Dinner tonight will be at Point Udall, the easternmost point in the United States, where you'll enjoy a sunset picnic on the shore.
Skill lessons, utensil and container making, coconut husking, overnight prep
Breakfast will again await you at camp, after which you'll make your way back to the beach. In Butler Bay, there will be more time to snorkel and to work on skills such as basket making. By the end of today, you'll have completed your own basket and fish spear. Lunch will be enjoyed at camp followed by utensil making, a coconut husking demo, and utensil carving. After dinner, you'll spend some time with the team discussing the logistics of your overnight and making final preparations.
Hike to location, survival overnight
Today is your chance to put your skills to the test. After fueling up on a large breakfast, you'll hike into the forest. Your instructors have chosen a location that is both remote and safe so you can practice your newfound skills while being supported and observed. You'll have time to build your shelter, use your tools, and create a fire for yourself before heading to bed in your primitive camp.
Camp celebration, final workshops, farewell dinner
Waking up this morning will be like no experience you've had before. Empowered, energized, challenged, and proud from a night spent outdoors, you'll hike back to camp to celebrate. There will be plenty of time to relax and explore. This evening, you'll be able to attend a medicinal plant workshop and ask any final skills questions. Enjoy your farewell dinner, sharing your experiences and celebrating your success.
Depart for home
Today is your chance for last minute exploration before heading back to the airport and departing for home.
Please plan to arrive to Henry E. Rohlsen (STX) on Sunday, January 21st in the afternoon. Transportation will be arranged upon your arrival. Your flight out of STX can be at any time on Saturday, January 31st.
As you learn new skills, you will be led by professional trail guides, dedicated to providing safe and educational experiences. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and are seasoned leaders, demonstrating good judgement, technical expertise, and environmental consciousness. Our guides are ever aware of their clients' needs and work hard to make your trip successful.
Temperatures in the USVI are typically in the low 80s year round. Evenings may get down to the high 60s.
After each day, with the exception of the survival overnight, you will retire to your spacious bungalow at Mount Victory Camp. Each bungalow is constructed from local tropical hardwood with an opaque canopy roof. Screened in sides keeps bugs out while allowing for a breeze to come through. Linens for your bed are provided and there are electical outlets. Your bungalow will be shared with up to two other adventurers of the same gender. The base camp building has a solar-heated shower and clean bathrooms. Wifi is available.
Night five is spent outside in a shelter of your creation.
Meals will be enjoyed at camp from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday. Meals will consist of fresh and local ingredients. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
- Professional guides and instructors
- Meals for duration of trip (noted above)
- Materials for skills lessons
- Tropical bungalow lodging
- Roundtrip transportation from Henry E. Rohlsen airport
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Airfare to Henry E. Rohlsen airport
- Meals on travel days
- Optional activities in St. Croix
- Gratuity for your guides
EXTENDING YOUR TRIP
You may opt to extend your vacation by either arriving early or staying late. Discover Outdoors can arrange lodging and transportation as well as additional activities such as diving, snorkeling, SUP, and more for an additional fee.
- Comfortable athletic clothing for all days
- Windproof shell for cool nights
- Rain gear
- Hiking boots and lightweight wool socks
- Shoes or sandals for camp
- Day pack
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Water bottles (3 L capacity)
- Knife (locking)
- Bug spray
- Sleeping bag for survival overnight
- Petty cash
- Snorkeling gear
- Extra snacks
- Sleeping pad for survival overnight
- Packable camp chair or foam pad
- Mosquito net
- Baby wipes