Kentucky Survival School

Kentucky – Wilderness Survival School

Wilderness Survival

Bushcraft, Wilderness & Urban Survival Training from Field-Tested Experts


American Survival Co. offers a range of training opportunities including:

Our training location in Versailles, KY is just 25 minutes from LEX Airport and all the amenities of Lexington and Frankfort, our Versailles location is in the heart of the Bluegrass. Surrounded by world-famous horse farms and rich forests, Kentucky is an ideal location for survival training. 

Joel Graves - Lead Instructor

Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Serving as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2, which is arguably the one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world, he spent time in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan. He's provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Joel’s bushcraft and survival skillset is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft. He has extensive SERE training in both Urban and Wilderness, and most recently competed on Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off.

Survival Camping Kentucky


Bluegrass Airport – LEX – 25 minutes from training site

Louisville Airport – SDF – 1 hr from training site

Cincinnati Airport – CVG – 1.5 hrs from training site

Accommodations: Students are welcome to camp on-site, but this is not a camp site with full bathroom accommodations. For anyone looking for more comfortable accommodations there are a variety of options:

Versailles – The Woodford Inn (6.8 miles from training site)

Lexington – Hotels (25-45 mins from training site)

Frankfort – Hotels (25-45 mins from training site)

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