I challenge all cadets to construct/build one aspect of survival, whether that be a shelter, a signal fire, a water collection device or something else - campcrafts are encouraged. If you don't have access to natural materials or spaces, make a model instead! For inspiration, see the photos of my shelter in this post.
Here's how I built my shelter:
1. Construct a skeleton-like frame for the A-frame. Lean one end of a thick, lengthy stick on the side of a tree. Then, use smaller sticks to form the structure of the shelter, branching off of the main stick. Make sure to use sturdy and straight sticks.
2. Ferns and pine valves are used to weatherproof and insulate the shelter. To start, a helpful technique is to lay the ferns diagonally across the stick frame, creating a base for other ferns and pine valves to be laid on. Other than the base, ferns should be layered with the stem at the top and with the dark side facing out. This will ensure that the shelter is waterproof.
3. The finished shelter should look similar to this. Notice how the ferns are placed. To ensure that the shelter is proper, make sure that the ferns are at least one foot thick. A good way to check if there are any holes is to use a flashlight from the top of the shelter and to look from inside for any places where light shines through. If the flashlight does not shine through, the shelter is proper and weatherproof.
All cadets are encouraged to submit photos of their work via the squadron Slack or to firstname.lastname@example.org!