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Teaching kids survival skills is not just about preparing them for a terrible situation. Sure that’s part of it but that is hardly all of it. Kids love to learn these things and they love to play with the tools of survival.
These skills help your child understand the world a little better. When you break down how a fire starts it often helps them get away from unnecessary fear. You can empower kids with these skills. They will find confidence in all of it.
Most importantly you have to train these skills with your kids. They have to be prepared for the world that is coming. Let’s look at the best survival skills to teach kids. Make them little bushcrafters.
Understanding the Natural World
These days you can get a lot done with kids by taking them into the woods. Just by being in the forest you can introduce them to things like paths, beneficial plants and trees, animals and the dangers of things like rushing water.
If you spend enough time with them, in the woods, they will begin to answer their own questions. Survival and knowledge of the natural world will come on its own.
How to Fish
Fishing is fun and its food. It is also a great excuse to get back into the natural world. Kids love it. It’s hard to find a kid that doesn’t like reeling in bluegills on a summer morning.
You have to be warm to survive. That is as important as anything else. Teaching them about shelter and proper rain gear can go a long way.
Signaling for Rescue
Whether you are using a whistle, making a reflection or building a white smoke fire for kids to know how to signal for rescue could be a true lifesaver.
If they are too young to start the fire, it’s a great time to teach them the fundamentals and allow them to respect that fire.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.