UKSN 14 Week Basic Survival Challenge - Week 3

Survival Challenge

The third week of the UKSN Community Challenge starts today! Learn about the UKSN and take part in weekly challenges, tasks and skills! Can you complete them all?

Don't forget to share your progress and pictures of your daily challenges on our Facebook group or in the comment section below.

This week you have 2 challenges to complete!

Challenge 1:

Food Rotation

As you might be aware, It's important to regularly rotate any stocks of food you may have. Keep the 'short' dated products towards the front and the longer dated ones towards the back. This ensures you utilise the older items first and can add new stocks to the back.

In addition to this, we advise keeping a list of any foods (and their dates) that are kept in 'long term storage' such as food items you may keep in the garage or loft. In fact if possible, we advise using this 'backup' supply in a rotation with your general food stores where possible. Once you have used your general food stores, rotate and use the food in long term storage. This can then be replaced ensuring you always have a store of fresh food.

To save waste and ensure cans of food are not being sent to landfill , ensure you use them before the expiry date. Why not take anything with a short date on your next camp with friends?

Did You Know? Food products general display one of 4 different labels; use by, best before, display until and sell by.

> Use By is displayed for safety. The product should be consumed on or before the date displayed.

> Best Before is a displayed for quality, taste and texture. It is generally safe to eat long after the date has expired.

> Display Until / Sell by is a date used by the supermarket. This date informs staff that the product should be sold or removed from sale on a particular date as it is no longer considered fresh.

New to Prepping?

If you're new to prepping, simply buy an extra few tins each week to build your store of food. Its vital to have a few weeks worth available at all times.

The Challenge / Instructions

Head to the cupboards and rotate your food so it's stored in date order. Create a list of food and their expiry dates of anything not stored with the food you use on a day to day basis.

Challenge 2:

Whittle a Tent Peg

If you can whittle a tent peg, you can carve a trigger for a snare or create a whole host of bushcraft goodies.

The Challenge

You have set off on a camping expedition but forgotten to pack your tent pegs. Time to improvise!

Items Required

- Knife

- Saw (depending on the wood thickness)

- Wood


Step 1: Find a reasonably thick (about the thickness of your thumb or a little larger), relatively straight branch that has fallen from a tree.

Step 2: Cut the wood or branch into approximately 20 cm strips.

Step 3: Measure approximately 1.5" down from the top of the peg and make a relatively deep cross cut forming an 'X'.

Step 4: Using a push cut (thumb push) which involves holding the knife with one hand and the thumb of your opposite hand to push the blade into each axis of the 'X' creating a notch.

Step 5: Perform a downward cross cut to clear out the notch and continue with step 4 and 5 until you are happy with your newly created notch.

Step 6: Create a point on the opposite end using the skills just acquired. Don't forget to round it off slightly so its not so dangerous.

Important information

- Always cut away from your body.

- Keep your knife sheathed until required.

Let us know how you get on using the comments section below or posting via our Facebook group. In fact, why not post on both?

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