One craves to experience the rush that comes with trying something new; something that is adventurous. Children have an innate curiosity to learn and explore things and get involved in activities that can help them later on in life. As responsible parents, it is our duty to prepare our children for everyday activities that will come to their rescue in the hour of need and also to make them ready to face any difficulty that they may encounter while on a trip or a camp. There are skills and techniques that will definitely come in handy if they were to get involved in situations which are tough to deal with.
Getting your children ready to face a scenario where there is no adult supervision is one of the best things that you can teach them. This way you will be assured that your children can fend for themselves in troubled situations where survival is important. Constant vigilance is the key when it comes to surviving in no man’s land. So, to keep your children well prepared you can enrol them in certain end of term activities which will teach them life skills and train them to survive in the most unlikely situations. This is where the ‘adventure factor’ presents itself.
While preparing your children for real life situations, survival activities can give them an experience of a lifetime through fun and adventurous activities which are a part of the survival training.
Following is the list of activities that are an essential part of survival training:
Survival techniques when lost in the woods
Your child might go on a hike or a camp appreciating the amazing view, gazing up the treetops, listen to the rustling of the leaves and suddenly discover that he/she is all alone and lost. Their first reaction is that of panic and being unsafe in an unknown area. While being lost in the woods can be a terrifying experience, surviving alone in the wild and untamed habitat generally requires common sense, endurance and wisely utilizing nature’s bounty to your benefit. Your child can be taught to survive in the woods by following these steps:
Do not panic – Children tend to panic more than adults and it is dangerous as it will interrupt and distract their concentration which is of utmost importance. The moment that your child registers that he/she is lost they need to stop and take a deep calming breath. They must apply the doctrine of the acronym ‘STOP’:
S = Sit
T = Think
O = Observe
P = Prepare
Get oriented – In a situation where your child is lost, it is important that they get oriented with the surrounding. The place where they are at becomes their ‘point zero’. They must find a way to mark it by using something that is easily visible from a distance. Mastering the basics of directions will come to their aid which is one of the basics of survival training.
Staying in one place – Staying put is another tactic that your child will learn if he/she was to get lost. This tactic increases the chances of being found and also preserves the energy that their bodies will otherwise expend. There are chances people will be on the lookout for them which is why letting someone knowing about plans is essential. If your children has company, it is necessary that they stick together.
Building a fire – Building fire is one of the first things that your child will learn as a part of their survival training. When lost, it is important to build a good-sized fire with sufficient coals to stay warm for a long time. Ensuring that there is plenty of extra dry wood is also essential. Children must light a fire in such conditions way before the sun sets as fires are easy to make in daylight. Lighting a fire will give your child a sense of comfort and safety.
Scouting your area – Your child must be taught to explore and discover the immediate surroundings when lost without leaving the ‘point zero’ area. There is a possibility that your children may find things that someone left there before. It can be of significant help. The training will teach your children to find their way back to ‘point zero’ as they search for water, shelter, etc.
Finding safe drinking water and food – It is best to find safe drinking water and food before the existing resources deplete. Survival training will prepare your child for this, and assist them in figuring out ways that can add up to their resources. It is best to find a steady water supply like a stream. Purifying the water before drinking is also essential.
Adventure is the time for fun, but you cannot take all your possessions when going on an adventure. Even if your children are going for an adventure trip with their friends, they need to realise that it’s not a normal trip where in they can carry their tablets, phones and other unnecessary electronic devices or excessive sports equipment.
The bag which is packed for being carried during an adventure has to be kept light. Children don’t have the strength and stamina to carry heavy weights with them when they are climbing rocks or walking miles into the woods.
Thus their bags must be light to support their body and not to create a strain their backs. To achieve this, the trip bag has to be packed smartly. All the unnecessary items must be omitted and all the essentials shall be packed on the priority.
Packing a first aid kit is essential. All plasters, antiseptics and tweezers for removing splinters that could get infected during the adventure should be packed in the first aid kit. Also, it is necessary to pack injections and other medications which the children might require during the adventure. Even if they will not be gone for a long time, it is still advised to carry all of these because emergencies can come up anytime.
A compass is also an item of critical importance when travelling in the woods. Children can point your compass in the direction of the city or wherever you are embarking from, and remember the direction the compass’s pointer points in. That way, if the children are lost in the woods, all they have to do is turn around until the compass points in the correct direction, and then follow their way back.
If the children are going to some chilly areas for overnight camping then proper blankets or well insulted sleeping bags must be packed.
Children can be provided with a communication device just in case, to stay in their contact with parents and they can also be provided with maps of the place they plan to adventure in.
Very few people have this knowledge about the very essentials required to be packed while going on the adventure. Thus by enrolling children in activities where they are trained in survival skills, you can ensure that your child will not go ill-equipped while going on an adventure or a camp.
Knowledge about Medicines
Just carrying a first aid kit and medicine is not enough. Children must also know how to use all the equipment appropriately when the time comes. Many children don’t know how to treat a wound, nor do they know what medicines to be consumed in case of smaller medical issues.
Adventures are always paired with scratches and other injuries. There can be significant harm caused to children as well which impair them and might restrict their well-being during the time of camp. Other children must also be well equipped with the knowledge to deal with such situations.
This can only be achieved if they are taught well about the medicines and are given clarity on which medicine is to be used for what kind of medical issues. They will also be taught about which medical conditions are serious and can’t be handled by them, so that they can remain careful about their fellow campers if they happen to get any medical issue.
It is also essential to teach children about the correct method to treat and dress a wound. Because if it is not treated properly, there can be infections caused around it or in it. This can worsen the situation. Thus children must be trained well in medical practices before they go on an adventure. This will then keep your mind at peace as a concerned parent.
It is of the utmost importance for your child to learn cooking if they go on overnight camps. If the camps are just of one night then you might send some food with your children. But what if they go on a trip of many nights? You cannot send them with so many supplies.
It is then quite obvious that the children will have to manage their own food. They will have to identify the edible resources around them and then would be required to cook them properly. Of course your child will also have their standards of food and so taste will also matter. Thus in such condition it is best if your children know how to cook their own food.
Even if they are dependent on other children for their food, and the cook falls ill, what will your child do? Thus it is better for your kid to not stay dependent on other children for fulfilling their hunger.
Also teaching your kid to cook will not only aid in preventing them from staying hungry in the woods, but also will ensure that they will never stay hungry in any condition or during any other emergency.
If you give your children survival skills training then they will learn everything about cooking. They will know how to find the edible foods around them, which plants would be poisonous, which small animals are not to be eaten, how to conserve water for cooking and drinking, how to cook, what equipments to use for the sake of it and many other things related to it.