Imagine that your team and another group of survivors have planted your flags and are building forts in the wilderness. It’s quiet outside…for now. You haven’t seen the others for a while, but you know they’re out there, so you’ll need to move quickly. Let’s use this time to work on our fort and gather supplies to survive. But, we can’t let our guard down, the other team is also building their fort, and they might be out looking for supplies too.
Today’s mission is to forage for natural materials that we can use to survive, and we’re going to use those materials to build our very own shelter. You can use a cotton bedsheet from your house, but other than that, the trick to today’s mission is that you can only use materials that grow or can be found outside naturally.
- Using the articles in this issue of Survival Dispatch, and any other source of information available to you, try to identify at least two types of plants or trees in your area based on their leaf shape. Make sure you write down the names of the plants that you find and where you found them, so you’ll know for future scavenger trips. It’s also important to have an adult help you, so you don’t touch or eat dangerous plants.
- Find good sticks or branches to make a frame for your You can make any size or shape that works for you, just make sure that it’s sturdy and won’t fall down on you.
- PRO TIP: A cotton sheet will even work in the rain as long as you do not touch the inside of the sheet, or it will drip right there when it’s wet outside. Your sleeping buddy might get pretty cranky with you if you cause a drip over their Of course, this is only if you get caught doing it.
- Old bedsheet
- Twine or parachute cord
- Sticks to build the tent frame
- Tent stakes
- Something to hammer the tent stakes into the ground (maybe a bigger stick).
- A cutting tool to trim the sticks and cut the cordage
- A blanket or sleeping bag to put in your new shelter.
What are we learning?
- Being comfortable in the outdoors
- Knot tying
- Safely scavenging and foraging for supplies and food in the wild
- Safety around fallen debris and watching out for snakes and animals
- How to identify dangerous plants like poison ivy
- How to identify native plants and trees in our area
- Critical thinking to build a shelter using minimal materials
- Working and communicating as a team
- Watch out for snakes and things that bite or sting
- Have adult supervision when using cutting tools and hammers
- Watch for things that can fall from trees
- Do not touch or eat plants that could be dangerous
- Be careful not to get lost in the woods, be prepared for everything.