The variations of wilderness emergencies are almost unlimited, but they all have several things in common: They occur beyond our accustomed support systems, where such things as electricity, shelter, telephones, supermarkets, and doctors are taken for granted. For a while, the person in trouble must depend on three things: the clothing and equipment he has with him, his ability to use whatever survival knowledge he has learned, and his mental attitude—the confidence he has in himself, plus his desire to survive, no matter how difficult the circumstances may become.

In most cases, a survival situation will last a relatively short time, but there are exceptions, when several days or even weeks may pass before rescue. A Scout well trained in survival techniques can survive a surprisingly long time if it becomes necessary.

Wilderness survival means knowing how to stay alive until the emergency is over. It means working with nature rather than against it. It means always having with you an item that can't be carried in pack or pocket—a positive mental attitude. Your self-confidence, the knowledge that you can and will survive, no matter how tough it gets, will see you through. If you are with others, your example will give them courage and determination to live through the ordeal.

Survival Priorities

Knowing priorities in an emergency lets you start to work immediately and without confusion. Below are listed the 7 priorities you should have when in a survival situation:



Survival Kit

Survival Kits are tools and items needed in the event you find yourself in an unexpected outdoor survival situation. Some of the most common and useful items found in most survival kits are