In a beautiful natural setting, build a raft, a shelter and a campfire, and learn about navigation, wildlife and more!
The benefits of outdoor survival training are endless. Students will develop leadership, team-work and communication skills by working together to complete a series of exciting challenges. Activities are led by Imagine’s own team of experienced experts, who lead Survival Camps in China based on a detailed, tired and tested curricula for all ages, year round. This is one of our most popular school trips!
Date and Time
Any 1-4 days, between April and October. Rafting between May and September. Suggested pickup time: 8.30am. Arrive back at 16.00 (flexible).
A scenic, riverside forest area in Huairou District. Alternatively, Baihe Valley in Miyun.
How does it work?
We set up a series of survival training activity stations. Each survival challenge can accommodate several teams at a time. Some teams do one challenge while other teams do other challenges, ‘rotating’ around the activity stations. On multi-day itineraries, a Scavenger Hunt is often added, which combines simple orienteering with mini challenges which test each of the skills learned throughout the program.
Below are some examples of the possible activity stations. According to the weather, group size and other factors, we will choose the most appropriate combination for the day. There is no guarantee of doing everything listed here.
Choosing Your Camp – Discover the secrets to choosing the perfect camp location; it’s not as easy as you think!
Shelter Building – Compete in teams to build the best shelter, using only rope, wood and leaves from the forest.
Tents and Hammocks – Put up a tent unassisted, and if you have time left, put up a hammock
Intro to Fire Making – See which team can make the best fire from materials around the forest. Also, learn some cool ways to light a fire in the wilderness.
Advanced Fire Making – Learn fire structures that channel or block airflow, and structures designed for prolonged overnight burning.
Survival Theory – Do you think like a survivor? Our experts will use mental exercises to teach you important and potentially life-saving survival theory.
Build a Trap – Use your creativity and a variety of materials, to design a fish or animal trap (no animals really harmed).
Morse Code – Learn and practise this classic method of conveying messages across long distances by light or sound.
Natural Orienteering – Learn to navigate through the wilderness using only nature around you.
Water Filtration – Learn how to find and filter water when lost in the wild.
Bug Discovery – Get to know the neighbours!
Raft Building (May to September) – Compete in teams to design and build a raft from bamboo logs and rope, then race the rafts on the river!
What to bring
Wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities in the forest. If the weather is warm and your activity will include water activities, please take a second set of clothes and shoes that can get wet and a towel, as your trip will include water activities!
The location is 1.5 hours from downtown Beijing or 1 hour from Shunyi. Transport can be provided by Imagine or by the School, there are different quotes for each option.
On single day trips, students and teachers should bring a packed lunch, unless adding a lunch option. On overnight trips, Imagine instructors teach students how to make a fire-cooked meal! A rural restaurant is also used when multiple meals are included in an itinerary.
Please send all students’ full names, dates of birth, ID/Passport numbers and genders at least a week before the activity, so we can buy outdoor activity insurance for them.
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Besides our main base in Huairou, we also take groups to an alternative location in Miyun. This is about 2 hours away from most Beijing schools and suitable for a two or three day adventure, with camping and hiking. It is true wilderness, in a huge valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. There’s even a big cave to explore! It’s also possible to combine hikes in this area with a visit to a nearby environmental education centre.