New Jersey Scouts to Attend Wilderness Survival Weekend
The skills and techniques one can learn to increase their chances of surviving an otherwise perilous situation in the wilderness are seemingly endless. With skills relating to food-finding, shelter-building, and many other aspects of survival, even the most experienced outdoorsmen never truly stop learning about the keys to surviving out in nature.
A few New Jersey Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops have decided to stress the importance of wilderness survival techniques by hosting a “Wilderness Survival Camporee.” More than 500 children and their families will be descending upon Egg Harbor City Lake Campground in order to learn a vast array of basics with regard to surviving the perils that Mother Nature can subject a stranded woodsman to. The Scouts, which range in age from 7 to 17, will be learning techniques regarding general fitness, fire building, shelter, signaling, first-aid, and finding water.
Shirvan Acosta, the camp’s chair, commented on the usefulness of the camping/teaching session by saying, “The Camporee is a great time because everyone comes together to give boys an opportunity to learn skills and earn achievements at fun activity stations.” By incorporating fun games and activities, the useful information and skills will be very easily conveyed to the youth in attendance.
STOP Techniques To Be Taught
Though there are a wide variety of skills going to be taught at this year’s Camporee, the number one technique will be to STOP if and when they get lost. STOP, of course, being an acronym for: Sit down in the open, Think (with a positive attitude), Observe (familiarize yourself with your surroundings, make yourself visible), and Plan (stay as dry as possible and find a clean source of water).
Of this year’s theme, Acosta said, “We will emphasize in different ways the seven priorities of backcountry or wilderness survival, which are STOP, provide first aid, seek shelter, build a fire, signal for help, drink water and don’t worry about food.”
In addition to learning the STOP technique, campers will also have a chance to test their skills on a National Guard rock climbing wall as well as Marines-style obstacle course. The overall athletic ability of the campers will be tested as they try to complete fitness Scout rank requirements. In addition to all of this, a police officer will be on hand in order to teach some useful health and safety information.
All in all, this will be an invaluable experience for the campers. Though many of them will never need to utilize the techniques and skills they learn in real-life scenarios, the purpose of survival training is to prepare for the unexpected.