Isaac and Elijah have been at Boy Scouts Camp this week. Isaac is there to teach Wilderness Survival. Elijah is there to survive. And have fun.
There isn't much budget for outfitting the boys with survival gear, so Isaac has been mighty resourceful. One of the projects the boys are working on is this emergency kit. It is made from two square pieces of metal flashing. Duct tape covers the sharp edges and creates the spine of the booklet design. The highly-reflective mirror-like tape on the outside is for emergency signaling. On the inside of the kit are fishing hooks, weights, fishing line, wire, safety pins, crazy-strong thread, and needles. The kit closes into a compact and is kept shut by a strip of hair-band elastic that has been riveted to one side of the flashing.
And it's orange, so they won't lose it.
It was my opinion that they should close the kits with complete, un-cut hair-band elastics. That way, if a boy is stuck surviving for weeks in the woods, he will have something to tie his wild-child hair back with. But, ah well.
It's a several-part class he's teaching, so there are other projects too, as well as gobs of survival information -- Isaac is really into this subject -- and an overnight survival camp-out where the boys have to build their own shelter and whatnot.
Today I find out whether Elijah survived or not. My campers return this afternoon.