Operation Safe House: Build a Survival Shelter

boys building a survival shelterThis is classic stuff boys building a survival shelter. I hesitate to even call this a mission as it’s something they have done frequently in the past but I feel that no set of missions would be complete without it. Your job as the C.O. is to test the sturdiness of their shelter using a variety of means, see the Mission Parameters for more complete details.

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Operation Safe House: Build a Survival Shelter

MISSION BRIEF:
In a survival situation shelter is one of your critical requirements that can mean the difference between life or death. Your mission is to build a shelther that is big enough for you to lie down inside comfortably and that will protect you from your local dangers such as wind, rain, animals and dad.

EQUIPMENT: Stuff they need, link to resources.
Your pocket knife, paracord (perhaps from a survival bracelet), a water bottle.

MISSION DETAILS:
The first order of business for building a shelter is site selection. You need to consider your surroundings to make sure your build location is safe thinking about some of the following things:

  • Will it provide protection from wind?
  • Will it provide protection from wild animals?
  • Is there danger from falling branches or rocks?
  • Is it safe from water? (not in a dry creek bed, flood plane)
  • Do I have adequate materials around the site to build the shelter?

Types of Survival Shelters

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Lets talk a bit about the types of shelters you can build. Depending on your survival situation and material you could build a poncho tent or teepee, an igloo or any number of options but for our purposes we’ll build what is known by the military as a field-expedient lean-to. Alternatively you can build your own structure of your choosing as long as it helps you survive the mission parameters below. Look through this mission for other shelter examples that you can model. You might find the debris hut is a particularly useful survival shelter especially in a rainy area and for long term survival. This mission assumes you are in a relatively wooded area and have natural materials on hand to make your shelter.

  1. Choose your shelter site
    Now that you have some information and ideas on your shelter pick a suitable location. If possible make it easier on yourself by finding an old stump, upright trees, downed trees or anything else around to give you a good start on your shelter. In a survival situation you might need to quickly erect your shelter and work on a longer term situation in the days ahead.
  2. Gather your building materials
    You’ll want to start gathering up branches, boughs, leaves and what other natural materials you have around to make your shelter. Branches are critical for making the structure of your shelter but things like leaves, grasses, and shrubberies can be used to insulate your shelter both on the ground and for the roof. Don’t forget your paracord as a way to lash branches together to make a more sturdy shelter.
  3. Build your shelter
    You’ve done your preparation work now you just need to get your survival shelter constructed. Start with the overall framework using branches as the supporting members and then using other items on top to insulate or provide protection. As you are building be sure you are doing some of your own testing to be sure it stands up to a little jostling outside. You don’t want the shelter to collapse on you while you are in it.
  4. Survive in your shelter
    Next you have to test out your shelter and that’s the job of your C.O.’s. They’ll provide a series of tests to see how you fare. Earn extra points by spending the night in your shelter.

MISSION PARAMETERS:
In order for your shelter to be a success you have to survive four separate tests designed to simulate a survival situation. Your C.O.’s will test in three areas:
A. Wind
Using a blower or the exhaust end of a shop vac you can test how effective the shelter will be in a wind storm. Blowing the shelter from a a distance of 15 feet is appropriate for normal conditions.
B. Rain
A pitcher of water poured over the shelter will effectively simulate a rain storm.
C. Falling Debris
A regular size branch being thrown onto the shelter is a good test for falling debris.
D. Wild Animals
If you have a dog in the house turn them loose to see if they can enter the shelter, alternately a brother or mom or dad can adequately simulate a wild animal trying to enter your shelter.

MISSION VALUE:
+1000 MAN POINTS FOR BUILDING A SHELTER
+250 MAN POINTS FOR SURVIVING THE WIND TEST
+250 MAN POINTS FOR SURVIVING THE RAIN TEST
+250 MAN POINTS FOR SURVIVING THE BRANCH TEST
+250 MAN POINTS FOR SURVIVING THE WILD ANIMAL TEST
+1000 MAN POINTS FOR SPENDING THE NIGHT IN YOUR SHELTER

After Action Report

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