We spend a lot of time outdoors as Scouts. However, with the increased amount of electronics and social media in our lives, we’re gradually spending more and more time on our phones and laptops. This is a bad and good thing.
In recent research, 65 percent of children in the U.S. play outside for one hour or less a day. Eight in 10 parents confirm that their kids prefer to play virtual sports on a screen inside rather than real sports outside.
To say the least, a downside of technological usage is that youth aren’t outside enough.
Because of this, we have taken a list from allcreated.com of 10 things to make sure your kids do before they’re 10, by Bear Grylls. All quotes are pulled from the same article.
If you don’t know who Bear Grylls is, watch this video to get a brief idea.
Yes, Bear Grylls is the man of all men. He does it all outside and has tackled some of the toughest obstacles the world has to offer. He was the youngest person to ever climb Mt. Everest at just 23 years old. With that said, let’s get into his list.
- Find the perfect catapult twig – “Every school boy and girl needs a working catapult to play with,” said Grylls. “You could try lining up empty cans as targets to shoot—just make sure you don’t aim your catapult at a person, I don’t want you hurting anyone!” Supervision is recommended.
- Perfect the perfect hill roll – Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Rolling down a hill is always fun. Make sure to watch out for rocks but also remember the faster you go the more fun you will have.
- Become a hide-and-seek champion – “Survival is all about adapting to your environment and fitting in with your surroundings.” said Grylls. “It’s not just about getting back to nature, it’s also about looking like your part of nature! So next time you play hide-and-seek, don’t just hide there. Get involved!” Always a favorite.
- Build a den indoors or out – If you are indoors you can use couches or chairs and a simple blanket will work for the roof. Throw in some sleeping bags and pillows and you’ve got yourself a den. If you are outside, make sure that you use a waterproof coversheet on the ground. You can use a rope tied at two different points as a stable point for the roof. Throw a sheet over the top to create your roof. Make sure you use some support at the bottom so that it doesn’t blow away.
- Build a rope swing – “With the help of an adult, tie a buntline hitch knot (look it up) to the end of some rope. Tie a piece of twine as long as the rope to the other with something small but heavy like a padlock on the end, and throw the weight over the best swinging branch you can find. Hoist up the rope, remove the twine, slip the rope through the hitch knot and pull until the rope is secured. Tie a small log for a seat with a double constrictor knot, get an adult to ensure the knot is super secure and hey presto- one swinging rope swing.” said Grylls.
- Nurse those stings – Grylls recommends learning how to mend wounds not just with a first aid kit but by using the environment to heal you. Here is a list of 10 plants that you can find in your garden that can be used for healing.
- Try and count the stars –“Counting the stars might seem as impossible as trying to count all the cornflakes in a box of cereal. You can actually see around 2000 stars on a clear night, grouped into different constellations. Even I’d have a hard time trying to remember them all. But if someone in your family has an iphone, get them to download the free Google Sky app. With a family member for company, venture outside. Point the phone at the sky on a clear night and your guided tour will begin; just make sure your parents know where you are- even if it’s just your garden!” said Grylls.
- Make a mud pie – This one just speaks for itself. Although it says pie, please don’t attempt to eat this one. We recommend pumpkin or pecan if you’re hungry for pie.
- Make a compass out of paper – “Knowing where I am is vital on survival trips. So I always use a compass to tell me which way is north. And you can make one at home out of paper. Fold a small piece of square paper in half. Get an adult to magnetise two needles by sliding them over a magnet and tape them safely parallel but in opposite directions to either side of the folded paper. Stick a third needle into a ball of blue tack and carefully balance the paper compass on top and watch as it magically pivots to north. Be careful with the needles as they are tricky little things, and make sure you have adult supervision to do this!” said Grylls.
- Pick your own pudding – “Foraging for food is one of the first things you learn in survival. I’ve survived on diets of everything from grasshoppers to turtles, but only so you don’t have to. One of the easiest foods to forage for are blackberries. They grow in autumn all over the place. Make sure you wear gloves to protect your fingers from the thorns and get filling up your pockets or carrier bags. If you can find some apples too, your mum should be able to cook you the perfect apple and blackberry crumble! Perfect teamwork in action!” said Grylls.