Several of our girls and a couple adult went to learn Survival Skills at camp last weekend. Whenever you go out in the wilderness, go letterboxing or geocaching, or go hiking or camping you should really have your survival kit with you. You might even choose to store this kit or a similar one in your car, just in case.
These are the bare minimum items for your survival kit:
knife at your hip and pocket knife emergency blanket and/or black plastic bag whistle and signal mirror steel mug 6-100 foot length of paracord, consider paracord bracelet water proof wooden matches (keep dry in old prescription bottle) cotton dipped in petroleum jelly (keep dry in old prescription bottle) old candle, like a broken taper large umbrella may be even more practical than rain gear hat and or extra bandana first aid at a minimum antibiotic ointment or melaleuca oil food – hard candy/mint, not peanuts dental floss (can make cordage) duct tape 6-10foot wrapped on itself for smaller size caribeener with tiny flashlight name card with your emergency contact info
STOP means Stop Think Observe Plan
You can always have your Positive Mental Attitude with you even if you forget your survival kit. You can live 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter 3 days without water 3 weeks without food
so the SACRED ORDER is 1. Shelter 2. Water 3. Fire 4. Food
We learned how to make a shelter from a garbage bag and from debris. We learned how to be found. We learned how to filter and purify water, but primarily we learned that if you need to drink unpurified water, you’ll have two weeks to get to the hospital to get antibiotics you’ll need from drinking unpurified water. Just focus on living long enough to be found. You can use your hip knife to make a bow drill, spindle, hand hold, and base plate to start a fire. The key here is PRACTICE. Practice with your knife; practice with your bow drill until you can actually make fire. Lastly, is food. We’ll have to go back to Survival Camp 2 to learn to fish and to learn about berries and plants, but all six legged insects are edible.
If you make your Survival Kit and bring it to a meeting to show us, we’ll get you a Survival Kit patch!
Nick Jr celebrates Juliette Gordon Low
Sarah thought these were super cute and thought of a neat way to turn this into a Bronze Award project.
Her idea was to see if our church’s clothing give away ministry would like to give the Creekside Girl Scouts some old t-shirts that we could use to make tote bags. Then we could give the tote bags to the food pantry for people to use when they visit the food pantry to take home their food. Whaddya think??
To my Scouting friends:
My friend Christina Clarke bought an AC for her tent since she has to go to BSA Summer Camp and camp every month with the boy scouts. I looked it up and it seems to consist of a large battery – like from a UPS, or small car battery, a horizontal fan and a cooler of ice. Block ice would likely work better but bagged ice worked for us.
I recently had to sleep out in a tent at Camp Kinship and Brian performed an experiment. Here are the methods and the results. We used a large shallow cooler – like 25 quart – full of bagged ice. We put the lunch tray on top of the cooler with the lid open – any mesh shelf, like a window screen or plastic craft grid would work. On the grid we placed a small battery opperated fan blowing up. On
the edge of the top of the cooler we set an 8-inch battery opperated fan facing forward. The two fans blew the air from the ice up and out of the cooler with the lid open. Brian used duct tape and cardboard to try to keep the air only coming out of the cooler where the fan was blowing – like an AC vent. I think it would still feel good without this.
We set this cooler in the “closet” area at the back of my 6 man tent and put the rain fly on the tent. It worked!! Within 30 minutes the tent felt significantly cooler than the air outside. There was at least a 15 to 25 degree difference. It even felt like chilled air coming out of the fridge.
What didn’t work is at 1230am a 35+mph wind blew up in the 80+ degree heat and added too much outside air to our tent for the AC contraption to continue to work. Also we need something more sturdy to support the fans as the duct tape got cold and let go of the fan, knocking both fans into the ice water. We saved the fans by pulling them out and just letting them blow all night next to the cooler of ice on the ground. The ice in the cooler didn’t continue to cool the tent without the fans though. Try this and make your own improvements and add your comments!
For girls who stay in Girl Scouts for five or more years:
-90% do not feel pressured to drink alcohol
– 96% avoid drugs
– 98% will not experience a teen pregnancy
– Only 1% of Girl Scouts will ever go before a juvenile court