Growing up, the preparedness lifestyle was pretty much common place. It was just something we did and pretty much everyone I knew, lived the same way. Between common power outages in our neighborhood, playing in the woods, camping with our families, hunting, fishing and growing up with Depression Era grandparents, preparedness was an essential part of our lives.
Any new skill that anyone learns takes time to develop. It’s up to us to teach our children what they need to know to survive. We never know if God For Bid we will get separated from our children, but knowing we’ve equipped them as much as possible can offer a bit of peace if something so horrific should happen. It’s also good to note that the more your child is able to learn, the more of an asset they will be to your family unit if SHTF.
I do realize that every child learns at their own pace and many skills take time to develop.
52 Survival Skills Your Kids Should Be Learning
- Make sure your child knows your family’s plan – Are you hunkering down? Are you bugging out? If you are leaving, where are you going?
- Plant their own food – Planting a garden as a family, from seed to plant is an excellent way to teach this skill.
- How to identify local edible plants – There may not always be meat to eat or canned goods on the shelves. This book is a pretty good resource.
- How to make a fire and fire safety
- How to cook – And more than just on an electric or gas stove. Cooking on an open fire is an essential part of survival.
- How to safely use a knife.
- How to use a sling shot.
- How to hunt small game – trapping, snares, sling shot, and with a gun when they are old enough.
- How to fish.
- How to use a bow.
- How to clean fish and wild game.
- How to find water and identify if it’s safe to drink.
- How to purify water.
- Basic first-aid.
- How to build a shelter.
- How to defend themselves.
- How to make a basic weapon.
- How to climb a tree.
- Navigation skills – maps/compass/GPS/using the sky.
- Know which homes in your neighborhood are safe for them to go to in case of an emergency.
- To be aware of their surroundings.
- How to prepare food.
- How to open food packages and cans.
- Emergency phone numbers and how to call 911.
- How to swim.
- Basic sewing.
- How to tie different knots.
- How important it is to stay warm, dry or cool depending on the situation.
- How to pitch a tent.
- How to use a walkie-talkie.
- Be able to identify dangerous animals.
- Be able to identify poisonous plants.
- How to use basic hand tools.
- How to home-can foods.
- How to smoke different meats.
- How to dehydrate foods.
- How to freeze foods properly.
- Basic hygiene.
- How to follow a recipe.
- How to measure.
- How to work with a team.
- How to pack their own bag.
- How to signal for help (using a whistle will use less energy than teaching your child to yell for help).
- How to eat healthy and stay fit.
- How to barter.
- Wood-working skills.
- How to make fish hooks.
- The different uses for paracord.
- How to track animals.
- Identifying medicinal plants.
- How to hide.
- How to stay mentally focused.
Stockpiling Ammo for SHTF
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Once you have a firearm you need to consider what it is going to take to feed your weapon. You can think of it in the way of just getting enough ammo for a particular hunt or recreation, but I suggest you take a good hard look at stockpiling ammo for the just in case scenario. There are some good guidelines and tips on stockpiling ammo that will simplify this process for you and make it easier than it sounds on some forums you may have come across.
Stockpiling Ammunition: Amounts and Types
First we will go over the best amounts and types of ammunition to stockpile. This could be specific to the caliber and gauge of the firearms you so they may be somewhat generalized. The first type is the ultra popular 22LR. It is common and popular for good reason because it is light, effective, and generally cost efficient. The fact that you can generally get larger lots of this ammo for a fraction of the cost makes it an absolute staple in any ammo stockpile. Chances are you already own a 22LR and if you are new to firearms they are great way to get into shooting because of the lack of harsh noise and absence of recoil making it easy to get your fundamentals down. If you are able to master your shooting fundamentals with a gun that uses cheap ammunition you will be way ahead rather than trying to buy a gun to make you better. 22LR is now becoming a little easier to get a hold of in the 500 round lots again so it is a good time to go out and grab some. My recommendation for the amount to keep on hand is 2,000 rounds that you actually keep stockpiled away from your normal shooting stash. In the event you need to hunt for food this gives you a lot of opportunities with minimal space to store it and weight of the cache. This is only 4 cases of the 500 round “bricks” you typically see people buying.
For semiautomatic weapons such as your AR-15 and AR-10 platforms, as well as semiautomatic pistols it is a good idea to keep around 2,000 rounds as well because these types of rifles can really chew through your ammunition stock if you do a lot of shooting. It’s pretty much nothing to go out and shoot 100 rounds in an afternoon and that is just a little over 3 standard 30 round magazines. If you can keep stock of more than this it is even better but aiming for 2,000 rounds in reserve plus whatever amount you deem for practice shooting is a great goal to shoot for. It is the easiest and most affordable to buy FMJ (full metal jacket) ammunition because it is the most available and in the largest lots if you want to get bulk pack. A good goal is to have around 200 rounds of the more specialty type ammunition such as ballistic tip, hollow point, and match ammo because they are great for what they are designed for but are often over double the price of the conventional FMJ type ammunition.
For your bigger bolt guns and magnum rifles try to keep around 250 rounds in your reserve stash. The reason for this being a lower number is factored by two main reasons: cost and amount typically used. If you own a 300 win mag you know how expensive it is to shoot and the fact you don’t typically go out and try to shoot 100 rounds in a day unless your shoulder is made out of granite. However if you do a lot of long-range shooting you may go through more of this ammo so keep in mind the 250 rounds is just the amount of ammo you are saving for an emergency not included in your normal shooting ammo. For shotguns aim for about 500 rounds because regardless of gauge this is a lot of firepower. It might be a good idea to get a variety of loads besides just basic #7 bird-shot. 00 buckshot is great because of its effectiveness at self-protection and slugs for hunting.
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