Wilderness Survival Skills for Young Children by Outside Mom
For families who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, having a child wander off and get lost is pretty unlikely. At the same time, it’s also a very real possibility. I often wonder if/how my child would survive a night in the wilderness. Or 2 nights, or even a few hours. So I’ve been thinking about what skills would be appropriate to start learning for the average 6-11 year old, before they are of age for hardcore Boy Scout techniques.
Every outdoor child should be equipped with a few basic outdoor skills, (mostly to combat an inevitable freak out) along with a little ‘survival kit’ to keep in their backpack.
If your kids are older you can make them a more extensive survival kit. But for young kids you really can only pack what they know how and are developmentally able to use.
ABOUT LINDSEY: Lindsey is an environmental educator, her husband’s a biologist. The outdoors seem to be infused into everything they do! She blogs atoutsidemom.com, a blog for parents dedicated to taking full advantage of the experiences the natural world has to offer their family. When she’s not blogging (or pregnant), she can be found relaxing at Lake Tahoe, biking the Sierras before dawn or making a serious batch of mud pies with her boys.
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