Maine Winter Skills Course (March 4th-7th)

Winter Skills Course (4-days/3-nights) March 4th – 7th

Lead Instructor: Joshua Enyart

Guest Instructor: Joel Graves

Joel Graves brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special operations, 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.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

Course Packing List can be found HERE

The Course

The Winter Skills Course is designed to teach you the essential skills necessary in a cold weather environment. This 4-day/3-night course could be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. The skills taught are not necessarily limited to the Northeast, they can be applied to other cold weather locations as well. Many of the skills are transferrable to fair weather outings, as well.

Northeast winters can be particularly challenging and offer a unique chance to learn and test your skills in a particularly challenging environment. The experience gained here will give you confidence in your ability to handle other difficult situations that you may find yourself in later. There is no substitute for actual experience, and cold weather “dirt time” is just as important, if not more so, than fair weather.

Cold weather does come with unique challenges when it comes to providing for your needs in the wilderness: Core Temperature Control, Hydration, Calorie Consumption, Rest, First Aid, Navigation, Signal, and Tools. You can expect to learn how to provide for those needs in that setting during this course.

Students will learn:

  • Winter Gear Recommendation
  • Cold Weather Clothing Choices
  • Winter Tinder Resources
  • Fire Lays to Maximize Efficiency
  • Fire Craft
  • Building Effective Winter Shelters
  • Procuring and Disinfecting Water in the Cold
  • Food Processing and the Importance of Fat in Winter
  • Cold Weather Environmental Risks of Exposure
  • Regaining Mobility in Deep Snow
  • Navigating Across Ice and Snow-Covered Terrain
  • Emergency Signaling
  • Axe Selection, Safety, and Use
  • Saw Selection, Safety, and Use

This course is a “field course”. Students should expect to be immersed in a wilderness setting for the duration of the course. Restrooms are primitive and on-site. There is no electricity or running water. Vehicles will be parked in a student parking lot and are not accessible while taking the course. Students will sleep in shelters that they themselves construct and cannot leave the premises to stay at a hotel, sleep in their vehicle, or go to town for food.

Food and water will be provided by the instructors during this course while you are out in the field. Please do not bring any food or snacks. (If you are diabetic you may bring snacks)

The course uses a “crawl, walk, run” method of instruction. Students will first be taught by cadre, followed by the student being required to demonstrate proficiency on their own. This culminates in being able to then perform these skills under various stressors to ensure proficiency.

Students should expect cold, wet weather, and primitive field conditions. Cadre and staff will ensure safety at all times during the course. You should arrive in reasonable physical shape with the required equipment list. Expect to walk several kilometers per day carrying all your equipment in addition to natural resources that you collect that are needed for individual classes. For safety reasons, students must continue to train and apply themselves to remain in the course. If you do not quit on yourself, we will not quit on you. However, if a student chooses not to continue training, the student will be escorted back to their vehicles immediately and must depart the training venue. There can be no refund or credit given to take the course at a later date.


852 New Portland Road, Embden, ME 04958

Course Packing List can be found HERE

Winter Skills Course Preparation

All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability and Release form for GBGB and the venue prior to attending the course. No student will attend training without forms being on file.

Gray Bearded Green Beret Waiver HERE


There will be no camping available at the Maine Location prior to the start of the course or after the course has been completed due to insurance restrictions.

Students will not have access to vehicles for the duration of the course. There will not be access to electricity or running water. Shower facilities are not available. Students will be required to stay in temporary survival shelters that they construct for the nights during this course. Tents, hammock systems, and coolers with food are not authorized at the Maine Campus as all gear must be carried from the Student Parking area to the Base Camp, and students will not be returning to vehicles until completion of the course. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus and stay at a hotel or purchase food while attending the course. No exceptions are made unless you leave the course entirely.

Course Packing List can be found HERE

Please see our cancellation policy HERE

  • Private Maine Location
  • 852 New Portland Road
  • Embden
  • ME

Event Schedule Details

  • March 4, 2021 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 5, 2021 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 6, 2021 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 7, 2021 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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