It’s a hypothetical no parent wants to entertain: the thought of your child wandering away from the family during a camping trip or somehow finding themselves lost in the woods. Despite the worrying thought, the reality is that with these survival skills for kids, a child can survive in the wilderness until help arrives.
With the Scout motto in mind (“always be prepared”), these survival skills for kids could be the defining factor in saving your child’s life and if you and your child are both on the same page regarding these tips, it could make locating them that much easier.
The first thing to do in a survival state is to locate a suitable and safe area for a shelter to be constructed on. For this you want to shoot for a “high and dry” location where flooding and natural dangers are less likely to occur.
We also want to build a shelter because staying put and hunkering down increases our chances of being found and reduces the risk of running into even more threats. This video provides a quick and easily memorable how-to on constructing a shelter that will keep you warm and safe until help arrives.4 Survival Skills For Kids That Will Prepare Them For Anything Click To Tweet
Thirst and need for water will be one of the first things to address if you are going to be alone for an extended period of time. The best and easiest sources that yield drinkable water are rain, snow, dew collected into a receptacle of some sort.
If you have any sort of bottle with you this is the obvious choice, but if that is not the case a piece of clothing is more than adequate at absorbing water that be wrung out and safely ingested. Some plants also hold water for extended periods and drinkable water can be extracted from these if the weather is not in your favor.
Since hunting maybe out of the question, being able to identify edible plants and forage foliage is a key skill in surviving. This very much comes down to memorizing what plants are common where and knowing what they look like. In this case, books such as the SAS Handbook and a wide variety of others are available to teach what plants are edible and can be the defining factor in surviving. When unsure, always follow the “better safe than sorry” mantra and do not eat something unless 100% sure.
This is probably the only time it is encouraged for your child to embrace their inner pyromaniac. When it comes to making a fire for warmth and purifying water (the most useful purpose), a gum wrapper and a battery can be all you need to get a fire going in a dire situation. Not only this, the smoke from the fire can also help a search party in locating your position.
Hopefully, these survival skills will never have to be utilized for either you or your child but its always better we be safe…especially if your family loves the outdoors and camping.