One of the most interesting
things about camping is you get a chance to live as former man did. The opportunity to go
back to nature and away from all the modern amenities provides you with some good opportunities to build bonding
experiences with family and friends.
One way to take advantage of this experience is to try out primitive
practices that have been used in years past. Spending focusing on
these tasks will be challenging and curiously interesting as you can see how your survival skills match
addition, it gives you a chance to teach something to your kids. Here is a list of
additional things to do while camping:
1. Start a fire without matches. Try using another way to
start the fire. You could use flint and steel, bow drill, hand drill, or even a magnifying
- The challenge
would be to see if you can get the fire started another way. You could even
make a game of it as you have other family members also racing against each other to start the
- Trying out these
other ways will likely give you a greater appreciation for your ancestors and will also give you a
sense of satisfaction, if successful, in trying something you saw on some survival
- One caveat: Using
a bow drill or hand drill to start a fire is a skill that is very hard to master. If you are
teaching kids, put the emphasis on the actually doing it rather than the starting of the
fire. Once the kids get frustrated, it is better to move on to something
- Flint and Steel is probably the best
option for speed of fire starting when comparing the other options. Plus, it can be
purchased at boy scout shops, online or at any sporting goods/camping equipment
2. Practice your night vision. It is a good idea to
learn to use your night vision while walking at night. The belief that you need
to rely on a flashlight is largely unfounded. Although a flashlight can
illuminate a dark area and is very good at rummaging through a pack at night, a flashlight or lantern actually
creates a problem at night because it only illuminates a small area and blinds you to the larger
area. By not using a flashlight, you are actually able to see quite well and can see for much
farther distances. You only need to give yourself a little practice of training your eyes to see at
night. Essentially, all that needs to be done is to focus on the outline of plants and trees
and your eyes will adjust.
3. Tell what time it is without a watch. Test your wits to see if you can determine what time it is while camping without your
watch. There are number of ways that this can be done. Here, is one simple way to do
it during the day.
a. Move out to a
clearing. Move out to a point where
your view of the sun is unobstructed and the sun casts a shadow off your body. If it is close to
mid-day, the shadow will be minimal.
b. Is it morning or
evening?. If it is morning, the sun
rises in the east so the sun well be to the east. If it is evening, the sun
sets in the west, so the sun should be in the west.
c. Determine where north
is. Once you know where the
sun is, you can determine where north is.
For instance, if it is evening then the sun will be to the
west. If you know where west is the opposite direction is east. Now, if west is to the
left of you and east is to the right of you, this means north is in front of you and south is behind
d. Check the angle of the
shadow. While facing north with
your body, check to see where the shadow is angled. This will give you a
rough estimate of the time as your body will become a human sun dial.
e. Let the four directions become
the face of a clock. The four directions will
become a face of a clock with North meaning 12, East meaning 3, South meaning 6, and West meaning
this way, you should be able to tell time roughly what hour it is in the day. For instance if you are
facing north and the shadow is half way between the East and South angles, this means it is roughly between 4:00
and 5:00 o’clock.
Naturally, there are a
number of other activities that one could add to this list. Another one that comes to
my mind is building a lean-to or some other type of man-made shelter. However, we will be
discussing this one more fully in another article. Hope you like these tips
and be sure to let us know how they work out for you.
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