UKSN 14 Week Basic Survival Challenge - Week 5

Survival Challenge

The fifth 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:

Tarp Configurations

It's important to know a variety of ways to utilise a tarp - not only for use in survival situation but every day camping.

The Challenge

You need to recreate 6 different tarp configurations using only a tarp and paracord.

Items Required

- Tarp

- Paracord

- Knife


Step 1: Gather a tarp, paracord and your knife.

Step 2: Practice setting up the 6 tarp configurations as shown in the diagram above.

Challenge 2:

Basic Fire Starting Methods

There are many different ways of starting a fire - let's take a look at some of the basic methods

The Challenge

Master 3 different methods of starting a fire and upgrade your kit with a few 'hacks'.

Items Required

- Matches

- Lighter

- Firesteel


Practice each of the methods described below and ensure you try out our handy 'hacks'.

Lighter No instructions needed with a lighter - especially if using a piezoelectric model with a push button start. You simply press the button and like magic - fire. We would personally advise carrying a variety of lighters as each has its pros and cons in different situations and conditions.

If you carry a petrol lighter why not cover it with a 'strip' of inner tube? This will stop the petrol evaporating and help form a waterproof seal.

Did you know: lighters can still be used to make a spark when they run out of fuel ?


One of the easiests methods of starting a fire is by using a match. Although most people think they know how to use a match - its amazing to see how many people actually break them when striking. The trick is holding the match close to the head!

One top tip prior to using matches would be dipping the match head in wax to help waterproof them. In fact - why not go and do it to all of your matches right now?


There's nothing like a firesteel to make you feel like a survival expert. They have no moving parts, dont require any chemicals, they survive immersion in water and are very reliable.

Step 1: Grip the handle of the firesteel between your thumb and index finger.

Step 2: Press the spine of your knife (or striker) against the firesteel rod near the handle of the firesteel.

Step 3: Scrape the spine of your knife (or striker) down the rod in one fluid motion.

Practice until you are proficient and can reliably create enough sparks to ignite a variety of materials.

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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