Most of us are very dependent on the equipment and food we bring on a wilderness camping trip. If you should somehow become separated from your gear for a period of a day or more, this would probably mean an emergency situation, especially if it happens during cold or inclement weather.
While such problems should be avoidable, on occasion people do get lost or injured while away from their campsite, or caught in a flood, or manage to lose a canoe or other watercraft with all their equipment in it. If this should happen to you, and you’re far from highways and possible assistance, your survival would probably be in question.
There are a number of schools and programs available around the country which teach skills for surviving in the wilderness without gear. Learning these skills has practical value in case you ever find yourself in such a situation, and some of the knowledge may be applicable to other realms of life. For many people the challenges of a survival course also have value in building confidence and fostering personal growth.
Survival schools typically teach such things as how to start a fire without matches, construct an emergency shelter, learn to identify wild edibles, and track animals (if necessary catching them for food), all with few or no tools except perhaps a knife. Often there’s a solo: up to several days spent alone, where you have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned.
The best-known organization in this country that teaches wilderness survival is Outward Bound, based in Connecticut and with schools in several locations around the United States. For information contact Outward Bound, 384 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830; (203)661-0797. Another highly-rated program is offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School, P.O. Box AA, Lander, WY 82520; (307)332-6973.
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1722 Mark Catesby arrives in Charles Town, South Carolina, Oklahoma City Map Tourist Attractions on May 3. With both English and Country patronage, he collects natural history specimens, seeds Oklahoma City Map Tourist Attractions of Country plants for English gardens, and information to write a natural history of the area. He will sail for the Bahamas in 1725 and return to London with his discoveries the following year. 1726 Dr. Zabdiel Boylston publishes An Historical Account of the Small-Pox Inoculated in New-England, vindicating his and Cotton Mather’s pro-inoculation activity. On a visit to London, Boylston is admitted to the Royal Society on July 7. He speaks to the Royal Society and the Royal College of Physicians on his experiences with smallpox inoculation.
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