Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Kids are the Future. So Teach them !

Over the past 6 years I have been provided with the amazing opportunity to use my knowledge, skills and abilities as a Search and Rescue Operator for the Province to share those skills with the youth within my community.

I have always been a huge fan and supporter of Scouts Canada and what they do for our nature deficit children.

Since starting Beyond the Fire School of Survival we have extended our bush skills and experiences to Scouts Canada and been provided some of my most memorable moments as a survival instructor in return.

It is one thing to instruct a group of adults who have life skills, bush skills and their own ideas of what works and what doesn't work.  But to be truly honest I would take 30 snowsuit wearing kids into the bush long before I would attempt 8 adults. 

Children are sponges.  They listen, they learn, they ask questions and then they do it.  You can see the enjoyment and thirst for knowledge written all over their faces. 

In the bush we always say that there is no room for egos.  Mother Nature is the boss and she is tremendously unforgiving.  Adults tend not to truly understand or respect this fact.  On the other hand kids get it. 

Two weeks ago Instructor John and I were invited to instruct approx. 30 Cubs and Scouts about winter survival shelters.  It was an amazing opportunity to once again share our experiences and knowledge with the kids.  I am a true believer in the teaching methods of "See it.  Touch it.  Feel it.  Build it." 

The weather could not have been more perfect given the topic.  The snow was falling in great amounts and the scene was set for a true winter survival situation.

There is no greater calling in the life than to be a teacher.  There are no greater students than the youth of Scouts Canada.  Thanks again to all of those involved and we truly cannot wait until we do it again.

The big white spots say it all.  What a great night with 30 kids looking on.



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