Practice Survival with Your Family
Kids love camping and the skills that you learn related to camping. Started at a young age they don't notice the cold or complain about it like an adult would when they experience it for the first time. And camping provides all the opportunities that we need to prepare for survival situations. Kids just approach it so matter of fact and absorb everything. What's more, there is no more quality time that you could spend with your child.
Having experienced camping in a fun way, children will approach a survival situation in an more successful way. They will get excited by the word camping. It will trigger their thought process to go through camp set up like shelter building, fire building, cooking, and hygiene. These skills, if practiced become automatic. They know the tools they need. They will approach all outdoor experiences confidently.
The trick is to take advantage of all the opportunities. For a few examples, you could...
- Purchase packs for everyone for a holiday gift, then start filling them for a 72-hour bag with what you have around the house. Then head out camping for a night close by. This will quickly demonstrate how much more prepping you need to do.
- Get multi-tools to add to the packs and talk about knife safety. Head out for another night or two of camping and focus on using the multi-tool for everything you can.
- Do a surprise disaster drill on a Friday after work. Get your gear loaded and be pulling out of the driveway in 1 hour. Head to your normal camp spot and see what two full days is like.
- Put your kids to work on the internet to learn about primitive fire starting techniques. Head back to camp for a weekend of primitive fire making. Then head home and create all the fire starting tools and tinder that you liked best and add it to the packs.
- Study and build shelters using knives/machetes/axes, camp in the rain/snow/middle of summer, use multi-tool to build a tuna can stove then cook on it, etc.
As you can see. You are constantly teaching/learning by doing, acquiring skills that lead to new skills. It can't be stated enough that reading a book is not going to get you through a survival situation. Let's face it, would any of us recommend someone jump into the deep end after simply reading a book about swimming?