Skill of the Month

SOM clubHam Radio. Dehydrating. Camping. Gardening. Canning. Organizing everything. Does the list of things to learn never end?!?! Well, no, not really, but there is no need to be totally overwhelmed.

It’s not possible to learn everything at once, at least not outside of a sci-fi movie. That’s where the Survival Mom Skill of the Month comes in! It’s actually something I’ve had for several years, so there are quite a few skills you can browse through to get a jump-start on your preparedness.

In 2015, I restarted the Skill of the Month. There are 12 different skills coming, one for every month (clever, right?), that are designed so that everyone from newbie to experienced prepper can hopefully find something to help them on their path. They are laid out to try to fit in with the seasons, which is why canning is in the summer when gardens are producing lots, but they can be tried any time at all.

There are also mini-guides, webinars, and more to go along with these new skills, which will coming soon to this page. Indented posts go into more detail than the main monthly skill post. Remember: we will keep adding to these with more materials, so make sure to check back!

Jump right in!  To paraphrase Alan Jackson, “It’s January somewhere!”


January: Organize and Declutter (Check out the mini-guide!)

25 Top Pins to Help You Get Organized

The Organized Prepper Clears Out Clutter – Springtime Edition

Simply Organized: Tips For Every Survival Mom

February: Switch from Store-bought to Homemade (Check out mini-guide!)

Bread baking

Homemade laundry soap


Make homemade tortillas!

March: Learn a new Handicraft

Knit and crochet


April: Gardening Skills

May: Evacuation Plans

Pack your 72 hour kits

Plan your evacuation route

June: Off-Grid Skills

Candles and Lanterns

Electricity-free for 48 hours!

Learn to make homemade cheese

Make a Faraday cage

July: Canning

Learn how to can tomatoes

Canning is so awesome that there is actually an entire section on this site devoted to it. Under the “Food and Healthy Living” tab, select “Stocking Up” and it’s the first item.

August: Foraging

Other Uses for Wheat Berries 

Rice and Beans for a week!

Sprouting seeds

September: Primitive Camping

A Camping Skill Basic: Safe Fire Building

Camping Is More Than Just Equipment – Here Is A List Of Skills You Need To Have

Survival Mom Family Camping Challenge

Survival Mom Camping-Survival Secrets

25 Things I Learned From Long Term Camping

Who knew camping could make your kids smarter?

October: Get your HAM Radio License

Amateur radio operator

Ham Radio: Not Just for Science Nerds

The Skinny on Ham Radio: Getting Licensed

4 Reasons a Mom Should Be an Amateur Radio Operator

November: DIY Prepper Projects

My DIY Pantry Storage Solution For Small Spaces

Build A DIY Smoker & Make Your Own Jerky

DIY Survival: Make A Buddy Burner

DIY Solar Cookers

Try It Today! The 5-Minute Rocket Stove

Try It Today! Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove

December: Illuminating Your Options on Light Sources

A Meatloaf Oil Lamp


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