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The war for the minds of the next generation is serious one. Whole nations can change shape or disappear altogether over the span of a couple generations. While these might seem like extreme examples, understand that skills and beliefs can dissolve even faster!
There was a time when people had to be built with self sufficiency in mind. They had no options. In fact, for most of human history we were only dependent on the land and the animals on that land. There were no other options. Walmart was not down the street.
Over a few generations, thanks to convenience, we lost tons of skills. Americans became fat, depressed souls that were struggling to understand their lives. Now we have a new beginning.
In order to stem this tide we need to introduce the next generation of kids to survival, self sufficiency and disaster preparedness. We can do that by making it fun and interesting. We can do that with a good ol fashioned survival challenge.
The Survival Diary
If you want to drive something home you need to have it organized and repeated. A survival challenge should start with a gift. A good journal that you can dub a “survival diary” can be used by your children to note their thoughts and tasks about survival.
The Survival Knife
Many parents will worry about children handling a full tang, fixed blade knife. Well, watch your kids! A knife is going to grab their attention, give them some ownership and some consequence. That’s what survival is about. Risk also makes learning much more fun.
The Survival Tasks
From here its up to you to generate your list of survival tasks and the frequency. You could have 3 survival tasks each week, or you could have one a day. You might even consider one big survival undertaking per week.
- Find three trees that would make good fire wood
- Create a tinder bundle
- Write a short survival story
- Find 2 animal homes or trails