Wilderness Adventure Camp: Essential Outdoor Survival Skills for Kids

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Whether in the rugged backcountry or a suburban backyard, kids can experience the sense of personal independence and self-confidence that come from outdoor proficiency, while also developing a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world. With this skills-based book, kids learn essential safety and survival tips and bushcraft that they need to have a safe wilderness experience. Led by outdoor leader Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs, every turn of the page takes kids on another stage of the journey. They learn how to pack for the outdoors, navigate using a map and a compass, choose and set up a campsite, handle and use a knife properly, build a fire, tie different types of knots, make a lean-to out of sticks and leaves, and cook over an open fire. This guide teaches more than just outdoor know-how; it fosters appreciation for the natural world and pride in knowing how to use its resources as a tool for survival and adventure.


Jacket Description/Back:

Are You Ready for Adventure?

 

Sharpen your survival skills so you can experience the thrills of wilderness exploration! Whether you're hiking for a day or camping for a weekend, this book has everything you need to know to be comfortable, confident, safe, and self-sufficient in the great outdoors.

 

Learn how to:
- Make your own survival kit
- Dress for the weather
- Build a shelter
- Start a fire for warmth and cooking
- Use a knife
- And so much more!

 

Be prepared for anything and everything with this practical, activity-packed guide.



Review Quotes:

"For young people and the rest of us, here's a hands-on antidote for nature-deficit disorder." --
Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

 

"Frank Grindrod, one of the great outdoor guides of our generation, distills a lifetime of wilderness knowledge into a best-of-class guide to help kids of all ages adventure safely and confidently into the wild places. Buy it. Read it. Share it." --
Creek Stewart, survival instructor and television host



Table of Contents:

Welcome to Wilderness Survival
1: Get Ready for Adventure
Clothing
First-Aid Kit
Survival Kit
2: Must-Have Skills
Finding Your Way
Lost-Proofing
Using Your Compass
Measuring Distance
If You're Lost, Don't Lose It
Using a Knife
Knife Safety Contract
Get a Grip
Sharpening Your Knife
The Art of Carving
Learning Knife Skills
Building a Fire
Safety First
Dig a FIrepit
Make a Kindling Bundle
Strike It Right
Lighting a Fire
Extinguishing a Fire
Tying Knots
Must-Know Knots
Rope Storage
3: Setting Up Camp
Choose Your Location
Organize Your Camp
Setting Up a Safe Kitchen
The Art of Shelter
A-Frame Tarp Shelter
Debris Hut
You Need a Bathroom
4: Camp Craft
From Stick to Staff
Feather Stick
Wooden Spoon
Tongs
Cordage Making
Camouflage
5: Nourishment
The Importance of Water
Harvesting Water
Purifying Water
Campfire Cooking and Baking
Foraging (aka Wild Edibles)
Additional Reading
Index
Frank Grindrod is a wilderness survival instructor, a public speaker, and an expedition leader who has been featured on ABC's Chronicle, as well as on MassLive and other local New England TV and radio. He has led trips in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the Florida Everglades. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Smith College and the University of Georgia, where he taught wilderness survival courses. Grindrod is the owner of Earthwork Programs in New England and, over the last 20 years, he has trained thousands of people to become more capable in the wild.

Storey Publishing

0.5" H x 9.0" L x 7.3" W

160 pages

paperback