4-H Project Demonstration…Camping Adventures

The other night Pickle attended his December 4-H meeting and his presented his second demonstration. Compared to last year’s demonstration where he dropped all of his notecards (and began reading them out of order) he did an outstanding job! Realizing the money and recognition he can receive through the 4-H program, he’s upped his project numbers. One of several projects that he is carrying forward from last year is the Outdoors Unit. The second year is Camping Adventures and he choose to demonstrate some skills acquired through Cub Scouts and his daddy. My proudest moment is that he came up with all of this on his own! He had his cards written out and supplies gathered before I could even sit down and look at the book. I’m impressed by his increase in maturity every single day and yet sad to realize my baby is growing up. Excuse me, I need to blow my nose and dry my tears…

During the demonstration he packed items that would be needed in a survival situation. Packing a normal sized backpack for a hike is a first year project goal. However, this is a survival pack with necessities such as a tent for camping, flashlight, a home-made first aid kit, extra socks, bug spray, water canteen, sunscreen, lighter, flint, Boy Scouts of America approved swiss Army knife and food. The food was the star of this demonstration. Obviously, you need food and water to survive but one important type of food is useful for more than just eating.

Here was the pretend scenerio – For the sake of this story, you were able to gather dry wood before the storm and protected it from the rain. Its been raining for hours and you are sitting in your camping tent waiting for it to stop. The ground is drenched. Despite having your sleeping bag and tent for warmth, you are freezing. Finally, the rain comes to a halt and you begin looking for dry leaves, pine needles, anything that will help start your fire. Unfortunately, you are unable to locate any dry materials. You do however have some corn chips and potato chips in your dry backpack. Using the lighter (or flint and knife if properly trained on this method) and ignite the corn chips. Corn is an effective fuel that is becoming more and more common in home heating. For the same reasons as the corn, you can also use Fritos Corn chips as your kindling. In no time, you are warming your hands over a nice, toasty campfire.

Huh? Who knew? Ok, probably a lot of you. I know corn works but I’d never thought about using my corn chips in a pinch. Did you know you can also make neck warmers with corn? Pretty cool idea…hmmm, might need to post that as a DIY Christmas gift idea.

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