Shelter Building

Shelter Building

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These activities should be completed in the presence of a parent or guardian.

What if you were out camping in the woods and your shelter broke? Knowing what to do in life-threatening situations can give you the peace of mind. Building a shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, and weather conditions. Discuss what makes a good shelter and test out your shelter-building skills!

Discussion: Building a shelter can be tricky– how will it survive against elements like wind, water, and other animals? To build a successful shelter, follow BLISS.

  • Blend in
  • Low to the ground
  • Insulted
  • Safe
  • Secure

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  • Description: Build shelters outdoors or indoors! Follow BLISS to build a successful shelter. Shelters can be waterproof-tested with a little water from a water bottle and from wind by waiving a large piece of cardboard at the shelter.
  • Modifications:
    • Go outside and use sticks, leaves, and more.
    • Stay inside and use blankets, pillows, and other household items.
    • Older youth can create a specific type of shelter.
  • Materials:


  • Ask youth what it means to “blend in,” stay “low to the ground,” etc. and why they are important in building a shelter.

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