Parents: find a leader for an activity below. You can also find and reach out to a Shelter Building Leader and let the leader recommend activities to do.
Shelter Building 1 - Tents
Pop-up tents are a great introduction to shelter-building, especially for younger children. Hire a leader to teach your child how to setup your family tent and be ready to go for your next camping trip!
Teach the mechanics of setting up a tent:
- Choosing where to setup the tent *Pushing, not pulling, the poles *Rain flies *Tent stakes & trip hazards - minimizing risk *Inside ettiquette: which direction to sleep, shoes & minimizing inside dirt...
- Pop-up tent
- (Optional) hammer if using tent stakes
Shelter Building 2 - Tarps Shelters
Tarps are versatile and fun! You can practice a variety of shelter shapes. Seek out different tree and anchor arrangements and unleash your creativity.
- Braided nylon cord such as paracord / p-cord
- (Optional) tent stakes & a hammer
- (Optional) pair of trekking poles
Shelter Building 3 - Debris Shelters
Debris shelters are the perfect activity for your survival enthusiast.
Debris shelters exist in all types and sizes, and vary widely in their level of complexity. Whether you're just getting started in bushcraft or if you've been doing it for a while, every new shelter will advance your traditional living skills.
- (Optional) knife for bushcraft
Leader Prep: Scout the area ahead of time to find a good location free of hazards such as poison oak. If using public land, research the local land use rules regarding trails, foraging, etc.