...would like to get my family on board first.I am not a member of a survivalist group other than this forum. I have never really considdered it, I have my own definate thoughts and ideas as to what I want to do and prep for what I feel might happen in my life. I am a solo prepper and would like to get my family on board first.
That sound like a good informal group. Maybe best of both worlds - those prepared to help, while not being stifled under the thumb of some hierarchy of leaders. Now, I'm not against leaders, but once people come to power over others, history shows that power may corrupt them.I am not part of any official group, but, I am part of a couple of clubs that are backcountry orientated and we spend lots of time practicing BugOut scenarios, hunting, fishing, etc together.
Each of us has also prepared individually for all kinds of problems and we know that we can rely on each other to a certain extent.
This is very true and you really don't know how others will deal with a situation when it falls upon them. They might have the BBB(beans,bullets,bandaids) thing down but it doesn't mean a thing about their psyche in a stressful situation.Even if you hand pick your commune, people change, people die, people go wacky...in short people can be a pain in the ass to deal with.
Your last sentence is a good one, I like to use the quote from Teddy Roosevelt, in my signature line. Same type of thing.survivalism is not a tea party
Speaking of Tea Party...
I joined a Tea party online forum in Ohio Valley. After 3 or 4 posts they banned me. Was run by a power hungry lady it seems. She only liked to hear herself talk. Said I was a 'trouble maker' for having an opinion.
Had to laugh...didn't the tea parties back in the day cause trouble? Lets hope this lady never makes it into politics...and am happy to not be in any survival group she would run!
Use my experience as reminder to have backups whether they be online support groups or whatever you need for survival. Have many escape routes, many energy options, many self defense options, many solar chargers, multi generators, many and diverse food sources etc.
Diversity and adaptability is the foundation of s survivalist mentality.
I'm a member of the common sense, individual responsibility, thrifty, debt free, moderate stockpiling, freedom loving, self defense believing, food storing and government get the heck out of my way...group!Not a member of any group. I know there are a couple in my area but they are practicing OPSEC and keeping quiet. So I haven't had any luck finding them. However if given the chance and it was the right "kind" of group I would consider offering my "expertise"