One of my favorite ways to promote preparedness and survival skills with the kids is to go camping. And I’m not talking about pulling the motor-home into a commercial campground and hooking on to the water and electricity. I’m talking about real camping—preferably in a tent where you have to bring in your own water and non-electric entertainment. If you live in an apartment building in the middle of a city, this will take more planning than if you live in a very rural area. Don’t make yourself hate the experience, but get as primitive as you can stand.
And preferably camping lasts more than one night although that is not always possible. One of our favorite camping trips is a week long excursion we take every summer. Camping has provided the opportunity for us to try some of our gear (stoves, tents, fire starting items) in the environment it was made for. The kids get to help set up camp, build fires, cook, catch and clean fish, wash clothes and dishes and hair outdoors with limited water, and dig a latrine. Quality survival education disguised as fun.