UK Bushcraft & Survival Challenge

Join us on an epic 5-day bushcraft and survival adventure in the heart of the stunning North York Moors. A perfect introduction for beginners as well as those looking to improve and practice their bushcraft and survival skills. 

Set over five days, it's a fun, active and safe way to meet like-minded people whilst immersing yourself in the beautiful surroundings of the remote North York Moors. Master essential bushcraft skills and learn the priorities of survival - crucial for overcoming the challenges of living in the wild. Culminating in the Gapforce Survival Challenge, put your hard-earned skills to the test!

Perfect for: UK Programs Summer Programs


  • Spend 5 days and 4 nights camping in the stunning North York Moors National Park
  • Learn and master vital bushcraft skills such as fire-making, shelter building and campfire cooking
  • Develop your understanding and appreciation of the natural world
  • Share the experience with new friends and our experienced instructors
  • Complete your Gold DofE Residential AND the John Muir Award

Day 1: Arrival and team building

Your adventure begins! After a welcome and orientation briefing from your Instructors, it's time to get to know your new camp mates. Through a series of fun and engaging activities, you'll quickly become a cohesive unit ready to tackle the challenges ahead together!

Day 2: Water sourcing & Fire making 

You're lost in the wilderness and it won't be long before the sun goes down, what do you do? Today's activities are centred around those all-important first stages of survival - water and warmth. Learn from your Instructors how to use the natural resources around you to safely purify water and build fires to protect you from the elements! 

Day 3: Shelter building & Environmental protection

You've made it through your first night and now you need to make yourself more comfortable. It's time to get creative with a morning of shelter building. What will you build? The afternoon will be dedicated to environmental protection, how can we preserve the environment and protect it from harm?

Day 4: Local walk & Survival Challenge

You've spent the past two days developing and fine tuning your survival skills, and now it's time to put what you have learnt into practice! Under the supervision of your Instructors, you will get the chance to build your own wild camp and sleep out under the stars for a true taste of wild-camping and your very own home-away from home!

Day 5: Leave no trace

Your bushcraft and survival adventure comes to an end! Waking up in your wild camp with a deserved sense of accomplishment, your final mission is to 'leave no trace', helping to preserve this secluded location for future adventurers. We'll stretch the legs with a morning hike over the beautiful hills and moorland that surround our woodland camp, including a visit to a stunning waterfall at the head of the Dale. We’ll regroup at camp for a final feast in celebration of your hard efforts over the last five days!


Want to know what it's like to survive in the wild?! Hear the testimonials from some of the fantastic participants on our Bushcraft & Survival Challenge.

To learn more about this exciting program check out our blog documenting the May 2021 course, written by one of our Expedition Leaders. 

What is the age range for this program?

The minimum age for this program is 18. If you are looking to complete your The Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Residential the maximum age is 25.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Qualified & Experienced Gapforce Instructors
  • Interactive and educational bushcraft and environmental workshops
  • Comprehensive Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential
  • John Muir Award CV booster

What is not Included?

Transport to/from destination • Travel Insurance 

What is the food like?

All meals, along with snacks and hot drinks, are provided throughout the 5-day program. Expect hearty and nutritious classics like spaghetti bolognese, curries and stews. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know at least a week before the program starts. Vegetarian options will always be provided.


Where will I be staying?

You will sleep in snug 1-person basha shelters, a comfy hammock beneath a tarpaulin rain cover within our main forest camp, which also contains sheltered outdoor cooking, dining, and social spaces. Expect basic camp facilities, including shared outdoor washing facilities and an indoor toilet at the activity site.

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout your residential you will be accompanied by a highly trained and experienced Gapforce Leader. Experienced in the art of thriving in remote and extreme conditions, our instructors love what they do and will help you build your wilderness skills and enjoy your time with friendly, open teaching and 24hr staff support.

Would definitely go again!!

"Just finished the Bushcraft and Survival Challenge! Would definitely recommend the course to anyone looking to finish their Duke of Edinburgh Award but also anyone looking to get away for a week and learn survival skills. Staff are fantastic and very knowledgeable in survival skills and are easily approachable if you have any questions but also to have a great laugh with. A good adventure all round, met some lovely people, good food, no complaints at all and had the best week. Would definitely go again 5/5"

Joshua Smith

A Fantastic Experience

"I had a fantastic experience with the 1 week Bushcraft Survival Challenge. The course helped me complete my DofE gold award and I thoroughly enjoyed being challenged out of my comfort zone, learning new team-building skills as well as wilderness and survival skills. The instructors Jade, Will and Gaz were all fantastic; highly professional and adaptable to the group. It was refreshing to have leaders who you can tell are truly passionate about what they do. The food was genuinely really good, and atmosphere really friendly. 100% recommend to anyone looking for an outdoor challenge, to complete their DofE, or to meet new people."

Quiterrie Lamort de Gail

An amazing week with a great group of people!

"I attended the Bushcraft Survival week to complete my Gold DofE residential section. It was an amazing week with a great group of people and friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic course instructors. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to complete their DofE award or to just get back to nature and learn some new skills. The course program was varied and engaging with attendees encouraged to participate in all activities but not pressured if certain activities are not for you. I enjoyed preparing and trying nettle tea, fried tree bark and pine needle squash. As well as that enjoy learning knife skills, shelter construction, campfire cooking, water collection and filtration and much more. Located in the stunning North York Moors you cannot get a better location to get away from the noise and stress of everyday life and learn a bit more about yourself. Thanks to Will, Jade and Gaz for leading the course and Ben for helping me prepare by promptly answering all my pre joining questions."

Declan Rockett

100% recommend

"I had such a brilliant time on the bushcraft and survival week. I did this for my gold dofe residential and it was everything I could have asked for. I learnt so much and met the most lovely people I wish I could have stayed longer! 100% recommend

Megan Degazon

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  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Departures: May, July, August

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