It would probably be difficult for me due to age and health, but I'd sure survive 2 days in most any place I would find myself. You are right; Girl Scout training sure would help, as it did me. I can't believe the people on that "Survivor" show. Wearing glasses in the bright sun with no rain and they can't start a fire. Standing in the pouring rain, complaining about no drinkable water...so ridiculous. Good article. For certain, I'll have a small survival kit on any kayak I take onto my St. Johns River nearby! Good article, thanks!
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Posted by: old_user on Jun-18-08 3:18 PM (EST)
This IS a good article! It's true, our schools should present at least SOME of these skills. Last night on TV news they indicated some schools don't teach Home Ec - girls can't even sew buttons on! Girl Scouting is not what it was, either. Primitive camping isn't taught since "conservation" took over. No more making hot dog sticks from living tree branches - we'd be destroying the wilderness! Our local camp has dressers in the cabins; we roughed it with orange crates! They now have hot AND cold running water, and indoor plumbing; we had cold water, our own basins, & an outhouse! I don't know if the use of jack-knives or fire-building are still taught, (concealed weapons? dangerous matches?) but the neckscarf that used to double as various kinds of bandage is "not stylish enough", so that's gone. The campaign hat, once used as an emergency water container, was gone before I joined up, in 1948. Girl Scouting seems to stress fashion and "political correctness", rather than survival skills or preparedness these days. My point is, if Girl Scouting is changing like it was in the '70's, today's girls need another source for "pioneer training"!
Posted by: jcpeters46 on Jun-19-08 9:49 PM (EST)
Tom, The last stay that should be mentioned is to "Stay Put". One of the reasons the subject you mentioned lost his life, was he left the vehicle. Had he stayed he would have been rescued with his family members.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-25-08 12:57 PM (EST)
Excellent comment...kids sometimes move or hide because they think they will be punished for becoming lost - and actually elude the searchers.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-25-08 12:55 PM (EST)
I agree that we've softened our risks and exposure...Someone else feeling they need to protect me from myself. We slept in Baker Tents with no floors and thin Dacron filled sleeping bags in the winter! Our troop learned how to get by...so instead of surviving in harsher conditions,its fun to thrive in them! Thanks for your comments.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-25-08 12:53 PM (EST)
You're welcome..have a fun, safe trip...This isn't rocket science, but common sense. Just being aware of potential danger is a first step. My Boy Scout training is probably the best thing I ever did in my life! Tom Watson
Posted by: old_user on Jul-04-08 9:53 AM (EST)
You're welcome...those "survivor" shows are at about the same realism level as "pro" wrestling!
Posted by: wavetamer on Jan-06-10 2:38 AM (EST)
It's hard to believe isn't it? I wrote a book called "How To Think Like a Survivor" in which I try to encourage people to think a little, use common sense, learn basic skills and "figure it out!". These "reality" shows do little more than show us how lame some people are with everyday common sense skills. I love the comment about standing in the rain and complaining about not having drinking water...that about sums up the problem.