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32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able to Do ASAP!
Joe for America ^ | September 8, 2013 | Survival Mom

Posted on 09/09/2013 7:55:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Knowledge is something that takes time to develop, so we need to start teaching the next generation now. In case God forbid, our children are left to fend for themselves or we are injured or even just to make your family more apt to survive, every child must learn these survival skills so they can pull their own weight and contribute as much as they can. If yourfamily learns now to be a well oiled machine, you will be more likely to survive any type of collapse.

  1. Grow vegetables from seeds
  2. Have local edible and medicinal plant foraging skills
  3. Knowledge of dietary needs and how to meet them using wild plants and game
  4. Make a fire and know fire safety
  5. Cook on an open fire
  6. Open a can of food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
  7. Be able to tell if food is too spoiled to eat
  8. How to safely use a knife
  9. How to shoot a sling shot
  10. How to hunt small game with snares, traps and sling shot
  11. How to fish and hunt-bow & gun when old enough
  12. How to clean fish and wild game
  13. Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
  14. Filter and boil water to drink
  15. Basic first aid
  16. Basic hygiene practices
  17. Find or build a shelter in the wilderness
  18. How to stay warm, cool and dry in the elements
  19. How, Why and When to stay hidden
  20. Self defense
  21. How to make a basic weapon and how to use it
  22. Be able to run and walk a good distance and be in generally good shape
  23. How to climb a tree- to get away from predators, get directional barrings, and hunt.
  24. How to read a map and use a compass
  25. How to read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather
  26. Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
  27. How to sew so they can mend clothing or any fabric and even make things such as bags or scrap quilts
  28. How to bargain and trade (Kids naturally do this with their toys so teach them at garage sales.)
  29. How to be responsible for themselves and to be aware of their surroundings at all times
  30. Have a natural curiosity and good problem solving skills
  31. Be hard working and a self starter and a family helper not a complainer!
  32. Have a strong faith in God (morals, memorize bible verses, prayers, songs, and have a hope for heaven)
This list by Becky P. was a finalist in our List Contest. Thanks, Becky, for an excellent entry!


TOPICS: Education; Food; Gardening; Health/Medicine; Outdoors; Religion
KEYWORDS: children; preppers; prepping; survival; survivalskills
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1 posted on 09/09/2013 7:55:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Kartographer; Marcella; blam; JRandomFreeper

BING!


2 posted on 09/09/2013 7:55:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One bullet ends that B.S.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I like it!


4 posted on 09/09/2013 8:00:09 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good stuff here.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 8:06:41 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Should be #1. Have a strong faith in God (morals, memorize bible verses, prayers, songs, and have a hope for heaven)

imho


6 posted on 09/09/2013 8:10:32 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

bada


7 posted on 09/09/2013 8:11:04 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Excellence

I would add in, how to mend a wound or stop bleeding. The sewing would help there.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 8:13:09 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“I would add in, how to mend a wound or stop bleeding. The sewing would help there.”

“Basic First Aid” is on there and that likely covers bleeding and wounds.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 8:16:41 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I would add in, how to mend a wound or stop bleeding. The sewing would help there.


Sounds odd, but, in a pinch on small wounds requiring stitches. Super glue.

Yep.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 8:17:01 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How to make various types of knots and their uses.


11 posted on 09/09/2013 8:19:19 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; JRandomFreeper

“1.Grow vegetables from seeds.”

Seeds, dirt, and water do not equal a producing food plant. If you haven’t done it before successfully, you will likely fail. I think Johnny will back me up as he is the one who told me and he was right.


12 posted on 09/09/2013 8:25:00 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I was a kid I was deadly accurate with a sling shot. I think I’ll make one and see if I’ve still got it.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 8:27:39 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nothing about learning to swim? Incomplete list.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 8:28:03 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Tell them, if you climb up into a tree be sure to pull the ladder up into the tree with you.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 8:36:20 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: James C. Bennett

There’s no mention of sharpening a knife either.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 8:37:35 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

bttt


17 posted on 09/09/2013 9:04:36 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
How to sharpen a knife.

Many think they do and they are wrong.

18 posted on 09/09/2013 9:06:45 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Please, if you would, elaborate, or provide a good reference which instructs the more arcane aspects you are referring to. No sarcasm here. Truly asking.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 9:09:42 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

First on my list would be to live in an area where food and climate are of little or no concern.
Many of the NG Prepper examples seem to consist of those who live in God awful areas where it is too hot,dry,cold,desolate, or whatever.
The southeast would be my prime US living location, where there are good people, resources, and a minimum of extremes.
Even the cost of living in the US is becoming a serious problem for many.

One should also bone up and be knowledgeable of international travel and locations. Always have a valid passport, even if you have no plans to use it. Study life in other countries.
Central and northwest South America are now booming with American expats. Internet sites such as www.internationalliving.com and Escapefromamerica.com are souces of information.
I am now living my retirement years as an international explorer.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 9:11:49 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Make a fire and know fire safety”

Everyone should know at least two or three ways to make a fire without matches.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 9:16:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
While some may argue as to the completeness of this list, or if some things should have been included that were not, I have a more pressing question:

For those who have not been trained by military or other professionals in such matters, where can one look to find out such things when one has not been instructed in them beforehand and therefore unable to pass on such knowledge?

22 posted on 09/09/2013 9:30:57 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

GoogTube for a start.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 9:36:19 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Utilizer
...some things should have been included that were not...

Sorry, should read: "some things that were included that were not critically essential".

Writing an article at the same time as posting. Kind of distracted...

24 posted on 09/09/2013 9:42:40 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How to properly plant and fuse an m18 claymore for maximum destructive effect.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 9:43:55 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TEXOKIE
The quickest and most sure way is to buy an EdgePro .

While you are using a machine to do the sharpening it does take more then a bit of practice.

Or you can go to How to sharpen a knife and learn the basics of sharpening knives. This will yield a "good enough" edge for most people and if you spend a lot of time practicing you will be able to put a very fine edge on the blade.

You really should do both because there might come a time when your EdgePro is unavailable and you need to sharpen that knife.

26 posted on 09/09/2013 9:47:36 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
That's a good list, but those are 32 BIG items that would take a long time to learn.

I don't know of any "child", not even in scouting, with this breadth of knowledge.

I was a Life scout and spent four years in the Army. I'm probably at 60%-70% for this list.

27 posted on 09/09/2013 9:58:06 PM PDT by Washi
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To: Washi
I'm probably at 60%-70% for this list.

Second glance...I'm at about 90%...still a big list for a child.

28 posted on 09/09/2013 10:00:31 PM PDT by Washi
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To: Washi

Don’t feel bad. The students that I see cannot even add numbers in their head or on paper. They need a calculator. Oh yeah, they CANNOT read an analog clock. They need a digital clock to tell them the time. They can’t spend 5 minutes without some sort of electronic entertainment. They have completely lost the art of sitting still and having patience—everything has to be NOW. I have my doubts about their survival skills.


29 posted on 09/09/2013 10:05:00 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!

Hat tip to Tolerance Sucks Rocks for the heads-up!


30 posted on 09/09/2013 10:12:52 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Redcitizen

Ditto that. When all seems lost, God’s your source of strength and courage.


31 posted on 09/09/2013 10:12:58 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Nailbiter

bflr


32 posted on 09/09/2013 10:16:56 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: VerySadAmerican

Wrist Rocket!

33 posted on 09/09/2013 10:17:12 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: KittenClaws

Super glue, duct tape, and whiskey - men’s first aid kit :)


34 posted on 09/09/2013 10:22:10 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Robert Rogers' 28 "Rules of Ranging"
35 posted on 09/09/2013 10:22:47 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Trust but verify. If you can't verify, trust no one but God.)
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To: Marcella
"Seeds, dirt, and water do not equal a producing food plant. If you haven’t done it before successfully, you will likely fail."

Depends. Some foods such as Israel Melons (delicious!) will grow in all but salty beach soils (and sometimes even there), as will many annuals such as poppies (good for anesthetics/medicine) in most sunlight conditions.

Annuals are quite different from perennials, though. Perennial seeds need various stages of cold stratification, such as soaked in cold water overnight for kumquats or a month and a half dry in your freezer for giant blackberries..prior to planting.

The advantage to perennials, however, is that you only plant them once...then year after year your orchards, shrubs, and vines produce food. With the correct food selection, you will have different food production in each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Ideal for sustainable survival.

Grow food, not lawns. Start replacing decorative yard shrubs with food-bearing perennials today.

Annuals can grow in plastic cups in your window-sills. Yes, you have to plant and replant them time after time, but they have fast food production schedules and can grow in every environment from urban to suburban to rural.

Your stored food reserves should be able to make it through the periods in between season food production from your selection of seeds.

If you achieve that level of sustainability, then you will never be **forced** to forage or hunt at an inopportune time (e.g. an enemy nearby).

36 posted on 09/09/2013 10:31:03 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: EinNYC
they CANNOT read an analog clock. They need a digital clock to tell them the time.

That's the fault of parents. In my house, every kid can read an analog clock, and they can all write in cursive too!

37 posted on 09/09/2013 10:37:09 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
THANK you for your oh-so-kind and HELPFUL suggestion. Feel free to suggest also that I remember to BREATHE and BLINK as the occasion warrants now and again.

Only if the occasional reference causes you to think about it once in awhile, of course.

And of course, do not let anyone disturb your patient chomping of whatever feed you happen to be ingesting at the moment, as apparently any more cogent thought than that is beyond your "job description". What, are you a Zero (officer) now?

Fell free to peruse more fields of grass and not attempt any deeper thoughts so as to not upset your digestion, dobie.

May you have an INTERESTING month!

38 posted on 09/09/2013 10:38:59 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Marcella

Seeds, dirt, and water do not equal a producing food plant.

I totally agree, and it’s sad to think how many people might believe if SHTF, they will just grow some tomato and lettuce plants and be OK.

Here in the pacific northwest, it’s peak harvest time. And I have enough food (including taters still in the ground) to keep me alive for maybe 3 weeks.

Very, very soon the sun will be too low and the days too cool and short to be able to grow only a few items.

Also, here in the PNW we have an abundance of gastropods, otherwise known as slugs, and there are few veggies that they ignore. A good idea of what they like and don’t like is essential to gardening.
Same would be true of rabbits or squirrels or even crows.

I cannot stress enough that people buy some books that deal with what is edible for their local area. Also, read up a bit on veggies and you will find out stuff like:

The entire radish plant is edible. Same with cabbage, carrots, and more.

Items like taters take a while, but are very high in calories, and things like taters, lettuce, mustard, and the cruciferous veggies are cool weather crops and ideal for the off-season.

I always recycle (sort of) my taters. When I harvest, I keep the biggest, most firm, and best of the crop.
The smaller ones, or ones that have defects, these ALL go right back into the ground. Come mid-April or so, I will have tons of tater starts already growing.


39 posted on 09/09/2013 10:43:48 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Keep it simple. Some basics are quite important, such as sanitation via where defecation is unlikely to contaminate food/water/shelter, hand washing prior to meal prep, food washing, etc.


40 posted on 09/09/2013 10:48:56 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

For once, I wish people would focus on life skills for living in cities. It’s great to know how to read a compass but people come to NYC from rural and suburban places and immediately become crime victims because they can’t read feral humans beings or understand how to negotiate through a bad neighborhood. Or simply how to stay out of Central Park after dark. Drives. me. nuts.


41 posted on 09/09/2013 10:49:00 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: DManA
One bullet ends that B.S.

Buzz Kill

42 posted on 09/09/2013 10:50:54 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: Boogieman
"Super glue, duct tape, and whiskey - men’s first aid kit :)"

Add a Leatherman to the list for clipping off fishing hooks stuck in someone's skin and such things, and I'll second your list. Also, I've many times killed a nagging cold/flu with a 1/2 - 3/4 pint of whiskey. Yeah, there may be a residual headache - that's why you save a couple swigs for the next day...

43 posted on 09/09/2013 11:03:08 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: Utilizer

Glad to help any time!


44 posted on 09/09/2013 11:05:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Southack
"Grow food, not lawns. Start replacing decorative yard shrubs with food-bearing perennials today."

Herbs like rosemary, basil, and many more are decorative, hardy, and can't be beat when $ free and fresh.

45 posted on 09/09/2013 11:08:48 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

recent storm knocked down some pretty hefty limbs. I now have three child size, 2 adult size, one platoon-sized weapon, one company-sized weapon, one battalion-sized weapon and a heavy artillery-sized weapon. Each of the heavy weapons is mounted on its own base.


46 posted on 09/09/2013 11:12:50 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"Everyone should know at least two or three ways to make a fire without matches."

Steel wool and a battery (9v is best, but flashlight batteries work too). Makes a real nice all-weather starter. Scrubs pots too.

47 posted on 09/09/2013 11:13:32 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: uncommonsense

Mint grows easily and prolifically, too...as do strawberries.


48 posted on 09/09/2013 11:18:20 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
...as do strawberries.

I can vouch for the strawberries. I started with only about nine plants and now they are a huge mound and threatening to take over the entire side yard!

49 posted on 09/09/2013 11:25:13 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Doomonyou

Where can I get one of those/?


50 posted on 09/09/2013 11:58:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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