Posted by: csdailyblog | May 13, 2012

To Reign or Rain in Field Instruction?

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Let us test your wilderness survival knowledge! (Answers at the end of this blog post)

A) The average human needs ___________ in 3 minutes.

B) The average human needs ____________ in 3 hours (extreme conditions like sub-zero temperatures or excessive heat).

C) The average human needs ____________ in 3 days.

D) The average human needs ____________ in 3 weeks.

Over the last couple of days, the CS4 students have spent time practicing their survival skills in Field Instruction. This week, graduate fellow Chris was a guest Field Instructor and taught a lesson about wilderness survival and debris shelter building. During his lesson, the students learned that providing some form of shelter for you is important for survival.

Shelters come in a variety of forms and are defined as “anything that can protect you from outside elements that could be harmful to you.” This could simply mean putting on your rain jacket so you do not get wet and cold, to building a shelter with branches, leaves, and bark (debris shelter) to spend the night.

The students had the opportunity to work in teams of 3 or 4 and construct a debris shelter to fit at least two people. They first built a frame for their shelter that would be able to support the leaves and bark into place. After the frame was constructed, fallen leaves and bark were added to the frame to create a barrier against outside elements like rain and wind. The leaves and bark also provide insulation in the shelter. The students had the opportunity to test how well their shelters were waterproofed near the end of class.

Members of the Royal Court (Field Instructors Eve, Pete, and Dylan) decided to reign over the shelters and provided some “rain” (a 2 liter bottle of water) over the wilderness kingdom. Each group had to select at least 2 team members to be inside of their shelter during the “rainstorm”. Overall, the shelters held up to the rain and everyone stayed dry (mostly).

At the end of class, the students practiced their Leave-No-Trace skills and returned all the materials that they used for their debris shelter back to the earth.

A Special Thanks to Graduate Fellow Eve Smallwood for the pictures

~Graduate Fellow Laura

Answers: A)Air-Oxygen   B) Shelter   C) Water   D)Food

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