During the weeks of July 20-23 and August 3-6, Nevada Outdoor School’s Winnemucca location held our Survival Day Camp for students entering 6th-8th grades. On the first day of camp, campers played team-building games, got to know each other, and made arrowhead necklaces. On the second day, campers learned survival skills such as shelter building, how to use a compass, and made their own solar ovens from pizza boxes. On Wednesday, we traveled to Water Canyon for a hike. Campers learned how to tie knots, build and start fires without matches or lighters, and made their own para cord bracelets. On Thursday, campers traveled to the shooting range to learn archery skills and how to shoot a long bow. We also made our own terrariums and learned how to create a water filter with a bottle, sand, gravel, and a bandana.
Besides survival skills, campers learned the Leave No Trace principles and how to apply them to their favorite outdoor activities and camp. Overall, it was a fun week despite the hot weather, where campers learned helpful survival skills that they can practice themselves and teach others.