There is no better time to build skills and initiate the young and young at heart to the nature of emergencies and survival then out in the great outdoors. We will take a look at wilderness survival games that not only great fun but can be the basis for a lifetime of self-confidence and self-reliance.
Next time you will head out into the wild outdoors with your family or friends consider adding a new level of adventure to your outdoor adventures.
The Wild Edibles Scavenger Hunt – All Ages
This game is a great learning experience, but much more fun when the stakes don’t include your very lives. Give the members of your clan an important initiation to the wonderful world of foraging by seeing how many edibles can be located and identified. Make sure you also teach your family to only partake of this bounty in the case of an emergency, this way there’s always enough for all.
To play this game you will need to prepare a sheet that contains the pictures names and specifics of all the edible plants in the area. It may also be smart to make a list of plants that should be avoided as well. Stinging nettles and poison ivy can make a trip outdoors a bit uncomfortable. Plants that may resemble edible plants should be identified and the differences examined more closely.
Shelter Challenge – All Ages (experience needed)
If you have a clan of youngsters with some fairly intermediate survival skills, the shelter challenge is a fun game with important life lessons. Choosing a shelter will require a great many factors being taken into consideration and this game can be played with many variations. This way you can adapt your challenge to fit the needs of the participants.
The classic game is played individually, and each team or individual is given a time limit to find, produce or construct a shelter from an oncoming storm �” again much more fun if there isn’t an actual storm on the way, but exciting nonetheless. Creativity will be flexed in this variant.
Getting Back To Camp – 8 and Up (experience and assistance needed)
As there is a severe risk of getting fearfully lost, if these wilderness survival games will be played in a competitive manner, at least two capable adults should be present to take charge of either team should the worst happen. Basically, the idea here is to hand the responsibility of navigation to the kids and allow them to begin developing a feel for finding direction and locating camp.
Depending on the experience level and skills of the participants some orientation may be necessary. Before setting out provide the youngsters with a map and compass and show your camps location in relation with your intended destination.
As you make your way to your destination, point out the landmarks and milestones that can be identified for the return journey. Be sure not to provide too much assistance on the return journey as this may detract from the value of making mistakes and retracing steps.