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Teen Survival Quest

Program Description:

This course is for advanced students who have completed a minimum of Teen Scout. The Teen Survival Quest immerses students in nature for an extended time period with three main areas of focus.

Preparation: We start with preparation for the trip. We smoke meat, fish, make bags, practice bow-drill fire making, natural cordage...and more.

Wilderness living: Semi– survival living with dried meat, fruit, and nuts. This second section of the course deals with semi-survival living, building light weight summer shelters, gathering wild plant foods, and fishing.  

Group Survival: The third and last leg of the journey is a group “quest” where we go out with as little gear and modern equipment as we want and allow ourselves to fully surrender to the land.  We wander together as a tribe, eating wild edibles, tracking animals, losing sense of time and place finding “deer summer”.  We find that we can gather “energy” from the land in many forms and get a peak at Grandfather’s world!

Note: No animals are taken except for fish.  We do set “non-lethal” traps and students are rewarded with imported food. Students are given plenty of water and a small amount of food during their Wilderness Living experience and then source these necessities from the landscape during Group Survival. Students work closely with our staff during the entire program.

This course is an amazing opportunity for teens and instructors alike to dive deep into Tom’s teachings and really live it!

Ages and Prerequisites:

Teens aged 13-17
Prerequisite: Scout


August 2-7
Holmes, NY-Camp Ludington


$750 for first person.           
$600 for each additional family member from the same household

Deposit:            $200 per person.  
Balance:           The balance for this program is due:       Two weeks before program 
                           If paying by credit card, you may indicate if you’d like us to
                           automatically charge the balance at the due date.

Bridge Program:  If you will be staying for more than one week and would like to stay at camp between programs the following fees cover from noon on Friday until the next program begins on Sunday.  
      Youth or Teen:  $95 for Bridge Program (for unaccompanied minors)
      Family:  $50 per person (includes food and camping only, no supervision or programming) 

How to Register:

New Online Registration!
We now have online registration available. You complete the forms for all your family online and pay by credit card. You may choose to pay a deposit now and the balance two weeks prior to the camp or the full fee at this time. Note, all online class deposits are $200 per person, regardless of the program.Once you select your program you can choose to add the Bridge Program if applicable. Please note, there is a $4.95 fee charged at the time of registration for using the online service. You can complete all necessary documents online. Please note however, that those attending the summer programs in Holmes, NY must have the medical form stamped by a physician prior to coming to camp. 


Print the registration form from the website or contact the office to receive via mail.   

Submit completed application with the appropriate deposit.  Fax: 888-479-2481, or Mail to: 529 Route 9, #10, Waretown, NJ 08758

You will receive a confirmation including directions and equipment lists upon receipt.

Please make sure a separate medical information page is completed for each family member who will be attending. 

* Financial Assistance is available.  Click here for our Scholarship Application