5 Basic Military Survival Skills You Can Teach Your Children

When a child is ready for camping, there are some basic military Survival Skills to Teach Children that can save their lives in emergencies

When a child is ready for camping, they need to learn what survival skills to teach their children. It can always come in handy when some of its survival skills can be used properly. Children can become lost somewhere or simply forgot the way home, especially when you live outdoors.

Basic Military Survival Skills You Can Teach Your Children

When found in these situations, it is important to know some basic survival skills. These will help your child survive long enough to be rescued. It is essential to prepare the kids as best you can if they get lost or get stuck out overnight. Here are five things your kids should know to do if they get into trouble outdoors. 

Also, make sure to take a look at this outdoor survival kit guide to prepare the best kit for your family. 

When a child is ready for camping, there are some basic military Survival Skills to Teach Children that can save their lives in emergencies

Water

Maybe the most important thing is water. Three days without water is a maximum for most people because your body will already be dehydrated. The funny thing is your stomach will scream for food after just a few hours, and you’ll feel worn out (mostly from the sugar crash). However, food is one of the last priorities. You’ll be just fine without eating for weeks.

Your child needs to know how to find water that is safe to drink. Rain can be the safest source of water for kids in an emergency. But they also need to know how to boil water from a stream or creek.

Teach them to find smaller, cleaner streams to drink directly from in a dire emergency. This water may have pathogens that might make them sick, but it’s better to be alive than dead and ill from dehydration.

Food

Keeping your energy up is important. You will be burning a lot more calories than you are used to burning. All this survival stuff is hard work. The thing about food is if you do not know what it is, then do not eat it!

Contrary to popular belief, plants are not your best avenue in a survival situation. Also, fishing is quite easy to learn, easy to teach, and does not involve lots of expensive equipment.

Shelter

Shelter building can be a lot of fun for children, especially if you make it fun for them. Simple leaf huts and lean-tos are easy to build, and the kids can use them as a fort when you’re done. If you teach them to build the frame in a sturdy manner and insulate the walls with thick vegetation, their shelter could certainly save their life.

Ensure you show them that the natural shelter is camouflaged, so they need to mark it somehow for visibility. Your shelter does not have to be a mansion. However, something substantive enough to keep you from natural elements like rain, snow, and wind. At least a bed of leaves or broken trees on the ground will keep your body heat.

Fire

Your child needs to know how to light a fire. Fire is an important survival skill because losing body heat can kill you just as quickly as a lack of water can. Lighting a fire will also help signal your location. It can also help in purifying water and cooking once you find a food source. Teach him how to keep it under control.

Mindset

Although the last on the list does not mean it is the least important. It’s been said that in a survival situation, you can live three weeks without food, three days without water, three minutes without air, 3 seconds without a clear mind. You need to teach a child to feel like it is a solvable situation and continuously have that in mind. With these skills in mind, it is easy to learn and use other skills and abilities, but without them, you can not think reasonably, and all learned previously will not be helpful.

Basic Military Survival Skills You Can Teach Your Children

None of us wants our child to end up in such situations, but it is always better to teach it than to hand it over to nature. Besides, these survival skills can be implemented later in mutual picnics and trips, and your child may be beneficial when you decide to go fishing or spending time in the wilderness.

By Howard Scalia

Howard is 37-year-old former scout leader from Austin, Texas, and one of the best and most trusted blog writers at www.prosurvivalist.com. When he's not working on some new interesting article, he enjoys taking long walks in the woods with his dogs.

2 Comments

  • Howard,

    I think I understand now that plants are not your best avenue.

    You need protein.

    And I liked when the Guides and Brownies were using matches for their badges when I was reading a UK blog.

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