Survival Skills

Animal tracksI’ve always loved nature and reading books about living in the wild and how the American Indians lived so close to the land.  But after I read Tom Brown’s book The Tracker years ago (and put going to his tracking school on my wish list), I developed an interest in tracking and survival skills. When my children were old enough, we listened to The Tracker audiobook and they were hooked—they wanted to learn how to track animals, to build shelters, to find edible food in the wild. This eventually led to wanting to be Boy Scouts and Blake wound up going all the way through to Eagle Scout.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0425101339″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513lzUrZD9L._SL110_.jpg” width=”66″]The Tracker. This is the amazing true story of Tom Brown, a New Jersey boy who from the age of 8, along with his friend Rick, was mentored by Rick’s grandfather, an Apache Indian and medicine man named Stalking Wolf. Since that time, Tom Brown has become one of the foremost trackers in the nation and is often called in to track down fugitives and missing persons. He also has created Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0425111067″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E2uLxzVBL._SL110_.jpg” width=”70″]Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children. Tom Brown is America’s foremost authority on tracking and wilderness survival. Meant for parents to read and then practice with their children, this book has a wealth of information gleaned over a lifetime of surviving in the wild. Note: the book has references to Apache religious beliefs.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0425099660″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eNZxuqYwL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking is geared more towards young adults and up. It covers how to restore to our senses all the amazing powers stolen away by civilization, how to move as silently as the Native American scouts, how to spot and identify the tracks of a vast variety of animals, how to find humas lost in the wilderness, and more.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0974082023″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YT27JCNSL._SL160_.jpg” width=”106″]Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book. This is an incredible book. It’s even better than the Boy Scout Handbook. It covers every possible thing you need to know while camping or in a survival situation—from what to do if you’re lost, to building survival shelters, to using a compass, to identifying the edible plants as well as the wildlife in an area, to forecasting the weather, to…. But even better, it is absolutely full of illustrations: charts, conversion tables, line drawings, photographs, and checklists laid out in such a clear way that older elementaries and up can use it. (350 pages)

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