Whether it comes from climate change, antibiotic resistance, a lack of fresh water or Donald Trump falling out with Vladamir Putin, the end of the world is surely nigh!
Our Apocalypse Survival Camp challenges your 9-13 year old to learn the skills needed to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where disruption to infrastructure will require us to find food and water, make useful items and, of course, live without their mobile phone!
So it got us thinking about the benefits of your child leaving it in their bag for the weekend, getting outdoors, and learning new skills!
It helps their ability to learn
A study which followed over 10,000 9 to 10 year olds reported that children with more than two hours a day of screen time got lower scores on thinking and language tests.
It improves their sleep
Another recent study found that teens who use electronic media at night are more at risk for sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression.
It lowers their risk of obesity
A study that experimented with 70 children between the ages of 4 and 7 found that the group that reduced their screen time consumed 200 calories less per day than the group that didn’t.
It allows them to learn new skills
While being able to catch Pokemon may be a great way for your child to show off in front of their friends, it’s not exactly a skill for life. Reducing their screen time allows them to learn new skills that they will never forget.
On our Apocolypse Survival Camp, the training sessions will be run on a variety of skills such as:
- Firelighting – chemical, electrical, friction
- Knife work – making simple implements and tools
- Shelter building – using both natural and man made materials
- Natural cordage, weaving and pottery
- Trap making – trip snares, deadfall etc
- Foraging and wild food preparation / butchery – finding edible plants and preparing fish and game from scratch
- Water purification – chemical, UV and filtration methods
- Emergency First Aid – including search and rescue, wound care, and evacuation methods
- Radio communication – using correct protocol
- Camouflage and concealment
Compared to our normal “glamping” style camps, this will be much more of a back-to-basics camp with simple accommodation and infrastructure.
The “Survivors” will spend the first night in hike tents, the second night in hammocks and the final night in shelters they have built themselves (hopefully to be Zombie proof!). Food will be simple but filling and cooked mainly over campfires by the survivors themselves.
If your child is in years 5-9 and you think it would be a great experience for them, click below to find out more.