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Jungle- Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is the original, most famous (and toughest) survival school in the Philippines.It got started in the late 1960s when the Americans visited Subic bay, Philippines. There, they found a group of indigenous people called Aetas and was curious on how they could survive in the forest using only their "bolo" (knife or machete). Knowing that this would be vital to be able to survive in the upcoming war, they studied the Aetas primitive ways.

During the Vietnam war, the army who went under training got captured in Vietnam. They were able to escape but weren't able to call for help, so they decided to hide in the nearby forest. They had to stay there for weeks, and the skills they learned from the Aetas were the only thing that kept them alive. When they were finally able to go home, they made it mandatory for everyone to go through the Jungle Survival Training in Subic, thus Jungle- Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp was born.

Today, JEST Camp is one of the country's premier Survival Course Providers in the Philippines, offering adventurous souls a chance to uncover their primitive instinct for survival through teaching them indigenous skills with the widest range and most comprehensive survival training courses.

Japanese Kanji



Essential for survival


The most vital tool for survival


Medicinal plant for cuts and bruises


A tribute to the ones who did not survive in the forest


Symbol of knowledge


Symbol of the forest

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