Both of my grandfathers were in Boy Scouts for years (one is an Eagle scout), and both were Scoutmasters for years more. My dad, his two brothers, and my mom’s brother were also Boy Scouts. My mom and her sisters all participated in a Girl Scout troop led by my grandmother.
On top of that, my mom led my brother’s Cub Scout den, and my dad was the Scoutmaster of my brother’s Boy Scout troop for a time. My brother then went on to earj his own Eagle award. Add to this the facts that my brother is also a black belt, my mom works in the medical field and knows a vast amount of first aid, and my dad knows a vast amount of almost everything, and I think I have a pretty prepared family!
But then there’s me. I am the only member of my family who doesn’t know how to build a fire, the only one who has never really used a weapon (I have a pocket knife and have shot a BB gun twice, but that’s all), and the one with the least amount of first aid training. Thinking back to my last post about not always having my family around, I’d say it’s time for me to step up my game!
So here are my short term preparedness goals:
- Fire building – Fires can be used for warmth, cooking, purifying water, heat, and light, and you can use them in situations from a power outage at your home (with a backyard fire pit) to full on wilderness survival
- Shooting a gun – Guns are useful for both self defense and hunting, and while I’m not looking to be the best shot in the world, having a general knowledge of how to shoot a target is never a bad thing
- Knot tying – My brother proves daily just how many uses for knots there are, whether he’s inventing some kind of machine or weapon or if he’s tying my hands in hopes to discover an escape proof knot (with my permission, of course); this won’t be a very difficult skill to learn, but I’ll have to practice regularly to maintain it
- Car survival kit – Almost every day I’m out driving by myself whether I’m just going fifteen minutes to work or I’m making the long hour and a half drive to visit my far away friends, and, while I’m not paranoid about it, I recognize the fact that just about anything could happen. Plus, on days when I’m not driving anywhere, my brother usually is (we share a car) and even an Eagle Scout/black belt could use a survival kit every now and again.
I hope to get all of those accomplished sometime in the next month. And luckily, I have an entire family of teachers to help me!