posted on Apr, 30 2007 @ 05:21 PM
Glad we agree, JC.
It's not just NA kids reconnecting with the land that I feel should be happening, though. Maybe what needs doing is that inner city kids of all
backgrounds get this training in depth. It's what the story I posted here talks about, but there is a real need for ALL kids to be
Going camping is getting to be a fairly normal thing to do for young people and ATV's or dirt-bikes are getting these unexperienced kids deeper and
deeper into wilderness areas. Most don't know how easy it is to get lost out there, but I do and, unless you know what you're doing, the chances of
a small mishap becoming a fatality are p[retty good, let alone just not being able to find your way back.
Here's an example; I was part of a group of youngsters going on a 2 week canoe trip into the far north. The weather starting out was good and our
guides were careful to tie orange tape at every fork in the river systems. All portages were also clearly marked right at the waters edge, where they
would be easy to spot on the return journey. The problem was that it rained for days... really poured and the rivers rose dramatically.
All the tape was now under water and the party had to be evacuated by float plane.
Now, imagine if we hadn't had guides who knew the cabins in the area for shelter or had radios to contact the rescue teams and tell them where to
A couple of dozen dead kids within weeks. That's why it's important that not only NA kids reconnect with the land... but ALL of our kids.
You're right, though... that it hasn't been that long since people lived off the land successfully. In fact, except for a relatively narrow band
along the border with USA, people, for the most part, still live off the land much as they have done for thousands of years.
A good snowmobile and a Lee Enfield rifle does make it a tad easier to get through the long harsh winters though.
I'd be interested in hearing if any 14-19 year old ATS members would be willing to take a 14 week stint of survival training on Christian Island.