The following kit is inspired and heavily influenced by Dave Canterbury’s original 10 C’s of Survival as seen here on his Blog http://blog.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/dave-canterburys-10-cs-of-survival/. I have made some modifications on his ideas to adapt this for use by youth and have taught this to our cub pack of 8-11 year olds.
The first 5 C’s involve staying warm and dry and hydrated while calling for searchers or rescuers. This is the minimum kit i suggest all youth carry on their person at all times.
|1||Cutting||Folding Knife with locking Blade is of moderate use and may be appropriate for younger youth, but the best is a full tang survival knife. If you are on a budget when making this kit don’t cut here, a good knife is worth its weight in gold.|
Tinder – Cotton Balls & Vaseline
A good kit has 2-3 different options for fire starting in it.
|3||Cover||Emergency Space Blanket
Drum Liner Garbage Bags – Orange 3mm 50L
|4||Container||For water. A metal container is best because it can be used to boil water if needed|
|5||Call||Whistle – Ones with button compass and magnifying glass are most useful
Mirror – Good for signaling and in the right conditions can be used for fire starting
The second 5 C’s focus on comfort and the ability to shelter in place for a slightly longer time. Cordage and tape allow the construction of a sturdier shelter, while a Flashlight and first aid kit allow us to deal with the darkness and minor emergencies.
|6||Cordage||Paracord or bank line – aprox 30 feet|
|7||Cargo Tape||Duct Tape – wrap a few feet around your Bic Lighter|
|8||Candle Light||Headlamp or Flashlight|
|9||Cotton/Cloth||Bandanna – good for first aid, water filter, sun shade|
|10||Care||First Aid Kit|
The third and last batch of 5 C’s round this survival kit into a more complete bushcraft kit allowing a more comfortable extended stay of unexpected camping.
|11||Combo Tool||Leatherman, Folding Saw, Shovel, Hatchet/Axe|
|12||Consumables / Calories||Emergency Rations, dried food, chocolate bar (Mars Bars are the best calorie bang) Jars of peanut butter are super high in calories and nutrition.|
|13||Compass||Higher quality compass than the button compass on your whistle|
|14||Critter Capture||Mini fishing kit, snare wire, large rat traps|
|15||Comfort||Gloves, pillow, Bug Netting, Hammock, extra clothing|
I hope you all find this useful, and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.
Thank You to Dave Canterbury for his introduction to the 10 C’s