All-team training 2000 was hosted by East Valley's team,
3" at Lake Casitas in late September.
Training topics focused on wilderness survival, topographical (topo)
map reading and practical applications. Various military personnel
were brought in to lead the training sessions and oversee the VC SAR
teams practicing the skills presented.
brief introductory course in wilderness survival was given from James
Special Operations Technologies.
Tips and techniques of how to stay alive when lost in the wilderness
were described and demonstrated by Cragg. Afterwards, teams engaged in
hands-on practice of survival skill such as gathering fresh water and
creating snares to catch small animals as a food source. Cragg
supervised the activities, offering feedback and assistance as needed.
Cragg gave members an extensive list of recommendations for putting
together personal survival kits. He brought with him an impressive
display of survival gear. This resourceful individual shared with us
his affinity for acquiring such equipment from other agencies and
organizations whenever possible. Luckily, there were no local Boy
troops in the near vicinity, and a close eye was kept on the
just part of the outline that was covered during this session:
dangers are the desire for comfort and a passive outlook. Assume the
worst and work to overcome it.
up the situation. Security, senses, surroundings, physical condition,
inventory, and planning.
haste makes waste. Don't be eager to move, you could waste your
resources without a plan.
where you are. Location of loss site, friendly and enemy forces,
possible shelter, and rescue assets.
fear and panic. Remember your training and know that someone is
looking for you.
Improvise tools and equipment. Stone knife, whopping
living. Your will to survive will give you the mental and physical
strength to endure.
like the natives. This includes animals. Adapt, observe, and respect
how, when and where they get their food and water.
basic skills and live by your wits.
essentials in order of importance: first aid, location/navigation,
shelter/protection, water, fire, food.
3 Team members practice rigging an elaborate snare.