Your team has done well by setting up a camp so far but now it’s time to keep things going and prepare for the long term. Animals can be a great resource in a survival situation, but they can also be dangerous sometimes. A wise survivor will try to identify what kind of animals are in the area. Some animals can be dangerous, and some animals can be used for help with work and some, can even be food.
Identify as many animals around you as possible. Go on a patrol and look for trails, tracks and other indications of wild animals that could be dangerous or helpful to your team. Make notes in your survival journal so you don’t forget what you found.
Look at your camp and think about how an animal might be able to get inside and do damage or eat your food. Make some plans on how to keep them out.
Now, look at what kind of animals you have that can help you survive. Do you have a pet dog, fish, goat, chicken? Make a list of ideas about how you could use them to help you.
Can the dog be a guard? Does the chicken make eggs to eat? Does the goat make milk? Can you eat the fish if you caught them?
We eat chicken and beef all the time but in survival we might have to eat something that we are not used to. Your next mission is to find a recipe for any kind of meat that you choose and make a meal. Try something different than usual so you can get used to new things.
- Camera (optional)
- A guide to identify animal tracks
- Recipe book or website
- Cooking equipment
What We’re Learning:
- How to identify the wildlife in our area
- How to keep a journal
- How to communicate your findings to others
- How to use animals for survival
- How to make your shelter safer
- How to research
- How to plan and prepare a meal
- How to eat something you are not used to
- Never hike or patrol without a buddy or an adult
- Always tell someone where you are going
- Have someone take a picture of what you are wearing before you leave on a journey
- Animals can be dangerous, do not approach or mess with wild animals or strange pets
- Be careful around water places where animals go to drink
- Observe all food safety rules when handling raw meats and other food
- Have an adult help with sharp things and cooking with heat
Rewards for mission success!
Submit your mission pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive some Survival Dispatch Swag!