St Croix Survival CampA week of survival skills in the US Virgin Islands

St. Croix
St. Croix
7 Days
7 Days
Intensity
4/10
18+
$1,745
$1,845 non-peak member
About the trip

Survival Skills in Paradise

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. Your home for the week is the stunning Mount Victory Camp where, 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.

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Level 4/10
St. Croix
7 Days

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Itinerary

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.
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Required Gear
  • Day pack
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Knife (locking)
  • Swimsuit
  • Notebook
  • Toiletries
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with a brim
  • Sleeping bag for survival overnight
  • Petty cash
Suggested Gear
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Extra snacks
  • Sleeping pad for survival overnight
  • Packable camp chair or foam pad
  • Mosquito net
  • Baby wipes
  • Camera

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing for all days (moisture wicking recommended)
  • Windproof shell for cool nights
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots and lightweight wool socks
  • Shoes or sandals for camp

Trip Package

Included
  • 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
Not Included
  • Airfare to Henry E. Rohlsen airport
  • Meals on travel days
  • Incidentals
  • Optional activities in St. Croix
  • Gratuity for guides

Flights

Please plan to arrive to Henry E. Rohlsen (STX) on day one in the afternoon. Transportation will be arranged upon your arrival. Your flight out of STX can be at any time on the final day of the itinerary and transport will be arranged by your guides.

Weather

Temperatures in the USVI are typically in the low 80s year round. Evenings may get down to the high 60s. While chances of rain are low, it is not uncommon to receive afternoon showers.

Lodging

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 with advance notice.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is recommended for anyone interested in learning a new skill and developing a deeper connection to nature. While basic comfort on short hikes and an ability to be physically active are important, this adventure does not involve any strenuous activity. A sense of adventure and willingness to try something new is key.

Dates and Prices

The right trip,
at the right time.

Start
Finish
Availability
Price From
Sunday
Feb. 24, 2019
Saturday
Mar 2, 2019
Available
$1,745

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