Survival is not a joke — or a TV show. More often than not, what we need in a survival situation is a level head, clear thinking, and a few well-practiced survival skills to keep us alive until help arrives.
And, above all, we should have the right attitude for survival. In this regard, the Boy Scouts can teach us a few basics:
1. The Survival Attitude
Survival is a basic animal instinct, no doubt, but for modern-day humans alienated from nature, it should be more of an attitude. We have become so dependent on the state machinery to protect us and provide for our needs that we rarely spare a thought on survival and self-preservation as our personal goal. The Boys Scouts introduce children to out-of-the-ordinary situations that trigger their latent survival instinct, and also teach them the ways and means of doing it.
Their survival instinct is nurtured by the following:
- Learning essential skills
- Readiness for hard work
- Ability to withstand hardships
- Facing challenges with confidence and courage
- Planning and action
- Team dynamics
2. STOP — And Proceed
The Boys Scouts advise the STOP strategy in survival situations. Panic and wandering about without a fixed plan can undermine your survival.
STOP stands for:
S — Stop
T — Think
O — Observe
P — Plan
Stopping in your tracks to take stock of the situation may help you get your bearings. Think about the different options you have, whether it is best to wait for help or actively look for it. Keen observation of the surroundings will help you assess your prospects in finding your way back or settling down as best as you can. Having a definite plan can give you confidence and a sense of purpose as you methodically work for survival.