Contrary to media bias and perception, many (probably most) preppers are family men and women who want to make sure that their families are taken care of and safe when a disaster situation hits. But tailoring survival training to children and not giving into the despair that permeates too much survival literature can make it a difficult task in that much of the literature on survivalism is so bleak in its outlook. Too often, the survival situation is portrayed kind of like the movie “I Am Legend” without the vampires.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Prepping can be a fun and enjoyable thing to learn with your family, an activity to bring your family together as well as to prepare them and keep them safe, and this training can be, to a large extent, learned from spending a little time camping. Yes, camping.
In that spirit, here are six things that, according to Gaye Levy, can be learned from camping (without too much headache):
1. Thinking ahead: You will forget items when you go camping (at least the first few times). It will be a pain in the neck. Will it be the end of the world? Almost certainly not. Levy puts it this way:
“In a long term emergency situation not having important items can be dangerous. A challenging camping experience can help you re-evaluate your emergency supplies and maybe even get some backups for your backups.”
2. Perspective: Going without something for a few days (electronics anyone?) versus going without the vital things. When camping, you and your family have an opportunity to choose to focus on what is important in the long term (and also in light of needs versus wants) so that you can be here when and if society begins to get back on its feet.
3. The importance of water: It’s easy to forget how much we use water and for how many different things. Having limited access to water for a few days of camping can help to ingrain that awareness which will be incredibly useful in a survival situation.
4. Sanitation: Trust me, your kids don’t get how big of a deal this is until they have to work this out without the option of running to your home bathroom.
5. You eat differently when active versus when you are at the house watching television and playing video games. Make them aware of this while you are camping. It will serve them well for planning.
6. The difficulties of supplies: Supplies can weigh a lot, so you need to either prepare to be able to carry them or you need to learn how to gather supplies when out in the woods (or the meadow, you get the idea). Your kids need to start thinking about this, too.
In short, camping can be both fun and educational so long as you remember to keep it all in perspective and get your family involved in thinking about these issues.
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