UKSN 14 Week Basic Survival Challenge - Week 9

Survival Challenge

The Ninth 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:

Animal Footprint Identification

Identifying footprints can prove very useful when in a survival situation.

The Challenge Head into the wilderness (or even your garden) and Identify as many footprints as possible.

Instructions Step 1: Head into the wilderness Step 2: Try and identify areas you think wild animals might frequent. Step 3: Look at the ground and try to locate and identify footprints. If you are struggling, look in areas with sandy or damp soil as impressions are left easier. If your doing this challenge with kids - why not leave a 'footprint trap' in the garden? Simply cover an old baking tray with sand. Bait the centre with a meaty cat or dog food and check back in the morning!

Challenge 2:

Creating Fire (With a Twist)

Today's challenge is based around one of the most important elements - Fire.

Being able to create fire is not only necessary for survival but also important for keeping moral high.

We all know its imperative to stay warm but imagine waking up - freezing cold with limited feeling in your hands... Your challenge is about to begin!

The Challenge

You hands are 'frozen' and and your struggling to light a fire - can you get a fire going and stay alive?

Items required

- Oven Gloves

- Fire lighting equipment


Put on a pair of oven gloves to simulate lack of feeling and grip that you might experience during very cold weather. You have 1 hour to light a fire using only the basic fire lighting equipment found in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) and any tinder you can gather while wearing the gloves.

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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