How to Get Your Kids Excited About Survival!

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Family, Resources
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Many times, when we’re searching for information about how to get through a survival situation, we look to reality television shows and YouTube videos.  There’s a lot of good information out there, but we’re missing a very interesting source of knowledge:  classic literature.

Take for example the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Many of us were “forced” to read this in junior high literature class, but it’s a fascinating example of a young boy using all the knowledge and skills at he has to survive in the Canadian wilderness.  Inspiring, and even a little gut-wrenching at times, it’s a fabulous read for young survivalists.

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Another favorite is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.  If you’ve ever had any notion of getting away from it all and just living in a tree in the middle of nowhere, this book will make you do it!  Young Sam Gribley, dissatisfied with his life in the city, leaves home for the Catskill mountains.  He makes himself a new home in a hollowed-out tree, and uses a remarkable amount of skill to keep himself alive.  I can honestly say that I was 12 when I read this book, and I actually made notes on everything Sam did, so I would be able to do the same if I ever found myself in such a scenario!  Although I never got a chance to train a falcon or make my own fishing gear, I most certainly aspired to!

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If you can’t get your children as excited as you are about survival, put these books in their hands!

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