Global Bushcraft Symposium

An international gathering to promote bushcraft, survival, and traditional skills instruction through the open exchange of philosophies, pedagogical methods and dissemination of best practices within the industry.


By developing connections across generations of instructors and cultures of practice.

Emphasizing the critical importance of teaching accurate, fact based and tested skills in their proper context.

Honoring those who have lived, rediscovered and promoted the traditions before us.


June 10-14, 2019
Daily Schedule
 Foothills Camp
Alberta Canada
Online Registration is now closed.

There will be full registration at the gate or 1 and 2 Day Rate’s at the gate as well. Hope to see you soon.

News and Updates

As of June 7, 2019


Online Registration will be closed June 8, 2019. If you wish to register, please come to the Office to register for the event. Full Registration on Monday and 1 and 2 day Rate Registration for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Cabin Rentals:

If you are renting a cabin, please make sure you bring your own bedding.
For more information please visit the Q & A page. 

Aerial Map of Facilities People have been asking about the facilities. Here is an aerial map of Foothills camp. You can see the Main Office where registration will be, South camping section is the tenting area. Central camping section is where most theme camps will be and the breakout sessions will be in some of the other buildings.

1st International Survival Instructors Syposium – 1995 Sweden

A great postcast with David Delafield. He talks with Bruce Zawalsky about Why You Should Attend the Global Bushcraft Symposium.

A YouTube video with David Wescott and Dale Kiselyk on “Why have the Global Bushcraft Symposium?

An excellent Podcast from Paul Kirtley, with Mors Kochanski and Jon McArthur on the Global Bushcraft Symposium

Keynote Sponsor

Ka-Bar Knives
LT Wright Knives
Casstrom Sweden Knife Co.
Karamat Wilderness Ways
International Canadian School of Survival

Door/Draw Prize Sponsor:

Battlegrounds Coffee Co.
TOPS Knives
Frost River
Bushbuddy Stoves
Lure of the North
Tuff Possum Gear
PNW Bushcraft
Bushcraft Danmark
Karamat Wilderness Ways
Condor Knives
Maple Made Bucksaws
International Canadian School of Survival
Knife and Axe Co.
North x North Co.
Helle Norway


Our Sponsors

Keynote Sponsors

Casstrom Sweden Knife Co

Sponsoring the Legends from the First International Survival Instructors Symposium that took place in Sweden in 1995

Website: Casstrom Lapland Knife Co.

Sponsoring Canadian Survival Instructor and Professor
Dr. Andre Francois Bourbeau



Sponsoring American Survival Instructor and Professional Outdoor Educator
Cody Lundin

Website I.C.S.O.S.

Fjall Raven

Sponsoring UK Wilderness Bushcraft Instructor Paul Kirtley

Website: Fjallraven Canada

LT Wright

Sponsoring Canadian Bushcraft Instructor Les Stroud

Website: LT Wright Knives

Kabar Knives

Sponsoring United Kingdom Bushcraft Instructor Dr. Lisa Fenton

Website: Ka-Bar Knives

Theme Camp Sponsors


Sponsor of the Wilderness Medicine Camp

Raven Rescue

Sponsor of the Swiftwater Rescue Camp

Wild by Nature Adventures

Sponsor of the Survival Challenge Camp

Sponsor of the Knifecraft Camp

Ben's Backwoods

Sponsor of the Axecraft Camp


Sponsor of the Search and Rescue Camp

Painted Warriors

Sponsor of the Horse Outfitters Camp

Door/Draw Prize Sponsors

Tuff Possum Gear PNW BUSHCRAFT
Bushcraft Danmark
Canadian Outdoor Equipment ICSOS K&A Logo
Helle Knives Spyderco
uberleben Dursten Sticker Lure of the North
Frost River Battground Coffee
TOPS Knives Four Dog Stove

Media Sponsors


Bushcraft Journal Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine

Global Bushcraft Society Volunteer Sponsors

Nature Alive Adventures Master Woodsman Bushcraft Global Mammut Bushcraft & Wilderness Living
Moose Country Outfitting  

Boreal Wilderness Institute
Boreal Wilderness Institute

Woodsmoke Classic Camping

Contact Us

Theme Camp Inquiries-All inquiries about our theme camps should be directed here to theme camp inquiries.

Sponsorship Inquiries– If you have questions about becoming a sponsor for the event or inquiries about sponsorship please contact Sponsorship inquiries.

Volunteer Inquiries-All questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact Volunteer Inquiries.

General Inquiries – If you would appreciate receiving notifications or have a question regarding the Global Bushcraft Symposium we would invite you to contact us at general inquiries.

If you are interested in learning about becoming a presenter, please click here.

Note: Information will only be used to notify mailing list participants regarding key developments for the Global Bushcraft Symposium and will NOT be shared with 3rd parties under any circumstances.