Family Survival TrainingThere are many misconceptions about survival training. It is not meant for one gender or person alone. If all men, women and children are not included and taught some survival skills, there is potential for things to go badly. Yes, it is true, there are some people, men and women, who balk at the mere thought of family survival training. We must encourage these individuals, to help them see that it isn’t all bad and can mean the difference between life and death. If you you're on the fence about pushing your family to get on board with survival preparedness, consider the following scenario. When a crisis, disaster or other survival situation presents itself, are you going to leave your family behind, to ensure your survival, or are you going to do twice the amount of work trying to make up for their lack of skills, training and knowledge? If you considering the first option viable, you may stop reading and continue on your merry way. If you are seriously thinking about the difficulties the second option could present, then its time to get your family involved in survival training; today! For those who are having an extremely hard time picturing your spouse and children cooking over an open fire or sleeping on the ground, you may have some work to do. This is my 5 step plan on how ease your family into the idea of family survival training.
- Make it Fun - backyard camping or firepit campfires are a great start! Cook some hotdogs and marshmallows (smores!). Baby steps.
- Take it slow and easy - After a few backyard camp outs and campfires, add some campfire (firepit) cooking or how to boil water.
- Start taking s0me short hikes. Hiking is great exercise and can provide interaction and exposure to nature. On these hikes take the opportunity to point out areas where you this you would build a shelter if needed.
- Be ready to give something back, a trade-off if you will. If your family gives you a weekend for survival training, you should be ready to dedicate the next weekend to do what they want to do. You can handle a day or two of shopping or playing soccer to spare your family's life one day! I find it best to do their desired weekend activities first. This will help prove that you are serious about keeping your end of the deal!
- There will always be some "roughing it" in survival training. Take it slow, you can't expect someone, who has always lived with modern conveniences, to suddenly fall in love with the idea of sleeping on the ground. Do what you can to make this training as smooth and as easy as you can. Cooking your meals and sleeping outside can be a big step. Make sure there to provide plenty of little comforts, like bottled water, to help lessen that initial impact.