Skip to comments.32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able to Do ASAP!
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.
One bullet ends that B.S.
I like it!
Good stuff here.
Should be #1. Have a strong faith in God (morals, memorize bible verses, prayers, songs, and have a hope for heaven)
I would add in, how to mend a wound or stop bleeding. The sewing would help there.
“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.
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.
How to make various types of knots and their uses.
“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.
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.
Nothing about learning to swim? Incomplete list.
Tell them, if you climb up into a tree be sure to pull the ladder up into the tree with you.
There’s no mention of sharpening a knife either.
Many think they do and they are wrong.
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.
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.
“Make a fire and know fire safety”
Everyone should know at least two or three ways to make a fire without matches.
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?
GoogTube for a start.
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...
How to properly plant and fuse an m18 claymore for maximum destructive effect.
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.
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.
Second glance...I'm at about 90%...still a big list for a child.
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.
Hat tip to Tolerance Sucks Rocks for the heads-up!
Ditto that. When all seems lost, God’s your source of strength and courage.
Super glue, duct tape, and whiskey - men’s first aid kit :)
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).
That's the fault of parents. In my house, every kid can read an analog clock, and they can all write in cursive too!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
Glad to help any time!
Herbs like rosemary, basil, and many more are decorative, hardy, and can't be beat when $ free and fresh.
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.
Steel wool and a battery (9v is best, but flashlight batteries work too). Makes a real nice all-weather starter. Scrubs pots too.
Mint grows easily and prolifically, too...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!
Where can I get one of those/?
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