There's no shortage of guidebooks for survival, but the quickest way to gain wilderness survival skills is to take a course from an experienced instructor and get hands-on training. And lucky for us is the fact that there are a number of quality wilderness survival courses available, and the hardest part of the whole thing might be choosing which one's best for you.
Aboriginal Living Skills School:
Cody Lundin's ALSS has been operating for over 20 years, with a focus on primitive living skills, wilderness and modern outdoor survival skills, urban, suburban and rural preparedness, and disaster survival. Located in Prescott, Arizona, Lundin is an internationally recognized wilderness skills expert, the author of several survival books, his work has been featured in a wide variety of print and broadcast media, and is one of the stars of Dual Survival.
Boulder Outdoor Survival School:
Boulder Outdoor Survival School, or BOSS, is said to be the oldest and largest traditional living skills / survival school in the world, operating since 1968. The school began with a youth leadership course. Larry Dean Olsen, at Brigham Young University, proposed taking a group of students into the backcountry for a 30 day wilderness excursion to focus on personal development and adaptability. After ten years of being offered as 'Youth Leadership 480′ at the school, the course moved to its own separate organization in Boulder, Utah, and BOSS was born.