Thursday, July 26, 2012

The 50 Foot School

I stumbled on this video a few days ago on YouTube: The 50 Foot Survival School. It's the creator's answer to a friend who remarked that he liked the outdoors and all, but really didn't have a clue about the details of plant identification and other woodland skills.

The "school" works like this: pick a random spot, drop a stake in the ground and tie yourself to it with a 25ft rope. Now, as he suggests, observe and try making a plan with the extremely limited resources you have in front of you. The video goes into more detail, and it's definitely worth watching.

Seems to me that this exercise would be an ideal one for working on a whole range of skills. For example, pick a random spot and try eek out some beautiful photos, or a sketch or a written story. I even wonder if it could be a time occupier for kids: given a random location, come up with a new game or the like.

It's an excellent way to arrive at a new perspective and perhaps stumble upon a new skill or bit of knowledge.

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