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
Handout: This handout is geared to help an adult leading this lesson. Click on the light bulb for additional resources
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask youth what it means to “blend in,” stay “low to the ground,” etc. and why they are important in building a shelter.