For some reason with all my google searches it seems to me that familly survival are often over looked. Many BOB's include individual survival items, but for me it includes for my familly as well. This can often mean more of stuff, or larger heavier items. In this case a BOV would be best but isnt always an option. I have a car but it isnt very reliable, infact i cant even promise it will get me to work tommorow or the next day. I live in an apartment block, and noticed that there are alwaysshoping carts out back from other famillies that do there shoping but dont have a vehicle to bring it all home. I decided that if my car isnt working a shopping cart would be perfect to haul extra gear. Now its great off road, but in the city and on the way out of the city or along paved roads it will be perfect. Im not talking alot of extra weight, but to a child the basics of survival will be more then just food, shelter and water. They may have a favorate book, toy, blanket, etc. Many of these itams require batteries or charging an internal battary. For this i bought a pocket sized solar battery charger. Food and water is another biggy, I am a very experianced hunter, so im not to worried about food .... but water, enough for one person for 3 days weighs alot never mind carrying enough for a child as well. I live in Canada we have the largest amount of fresh water in the world (i also lie pretty close to many secluded lakes). For this I spent the extra money on a decent water purification pump made by sweet water. lols its much lighter then extra water. What of the childs physical and mental prepardness? for this i recomend camping, lots of camping. Teach them to do things on there own, at a younger age get a tent with a devider so they have a feeling of independece and you have a feeling of protective security. Around 12 i say they can set up there own tent with in ear shot and should be old enough to learn to use a compass, you can make a game of it, use some ribbion as markers and dont forget a toy at the end, the toy can represent the difficulty. When i was first learning i was around 14 at first there was usually just a chocolate bar, or $5 bill at the end but when i was 16 my dad set up a real hard one, some markers were cammo ribbion, others could be a piece of the tree carved away but the end was the best thing ever for a 16 year old (back in the day) A NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH MARIO AND DUCK HUNT and a key!!!!!!!! It took me 4 hours to make through his trail and about 400 words that im glad he wasnt around to hear. When i got back to the farm house I ran in to the liveing room to hook up my new NES, and my dad asked me if i had lost the key, i told him no and he said there somthing it unlocks in my room so i rushed there thinking i had also got Tetris (after all everyone had that game) and there was a gun case i opend it up and inside was my first 22 haha the chipmunk one from S.I,R (which is now called cabelas) and 6 root beers (or so i thought, no labels, just brown bottles like the rootbeer comes in from the corner store) lols turns out it was real beer brewed by my uncle. I spent the night feeling very proud of my self, and very grown up...... and haveing my first beer ever and being able to enjoy it with my dad lols. In the morning i got to experiance my first hang over, and my first boat fog horn at 6 am becaus "only men drink beer, and men get up early to mow the lawn on sunday no matter how much there head hurts" grrrrrrrr.
oh wow i totally went off topic, but atleast i got to relive my most favorate memory. I dont recomend giveing your 16 year old beer lols after all now adays he probably already had his first around 12 anyways and you dont really want to put him in the situation where he has to pretend he has never had it befor ..... or do you :p
haha mabe people can add tips to this, or share a memory of when you were first learning about survival.