Lessons in Survival from the Pioneers

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    Survival of the fittest is a theory that has been around for a long time. It embodies the concept of those who were hearty and strong being able to survive while the weak died off. Part of being strong was an ability to adapt and overcome, exhibiting ingenuity and being prepared for unexpected situations to arise. This entails having good ideas of your own, but also includes having the sense to utilize other resources as needed. In other words, don\'t be afraid to ask for help when your ideas have been exhausted without achieving results. Consult others in your shoes or peruse reference materials to find answers you may need.

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    Some of the earliest \'strong to survive\' were the Pioneers. Without their efforts ultimately resulting in survival, we would not be here today. They exemplified survival by taking simple objects and making them into complex structures that served their needs. You can see some of these structures and projects in this free Pioneering project guide. This guide will not tell you step by step how to complete each project but does have images and graphics of a simplistic nature to guide you.

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    When we think about survival, there are several things our minds immediately go to, such as food, water, vehicles, and weapons. All of these things are very helpful, but there is much more to consider. What if there is a waterway in your path that you could perhaps cross by wading, but not if you were loaded down with precious supplies that could possibly wash away? If you do fall in, wouldn\'t it be handy to have a clothesline to hang and dry your clothing? How are you going to see enemies or scavengers approaching if you are at ground level? Certainly a lookout tower could assist you greatly in this as well as in spotting prey animals to be hunted. Wouldn\'t it also be nice to be able to suspend your light source, such as a lantern, so you did not have to worry about it falling over and causing a fire?

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    Many of the techniques in this guide can be utilized with very simple objects such as wood and rope. Exercise caution, however, when constructing these items so you do not injure yourself; while this guide does provide a lot of usefulness, it does not instruct in tourniquet making and application. You will need another guide for that, but you should have that one on hand, too.

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    Don\'t let the Scouts be the only ones to remember and learn from the Pioneers. Take a cue from the past in order to preserve your future and print yourself copies of some of the valuable images contained herein this Pioneer guide. We can all stand to learn something new, especially when that something new is actually an old, established technique that successfully served those who came before us.

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