Outdoor Living Skills: Summer Camp Guide

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Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) is offered at many summer camps across the United States.  During my time working for a children's overnight camp I can tell you this is a VERY popular activity! 

Instructables is a wonderful place to get ideas for camp projects, this guide will help you collect and use the wonderful information that users have made to help make your OLS program a fun success!! 

For over 30 years my family has been making annual trips to Vermont to go camping in the late Fall.  Over the years it has grown from being just four of us (my Mom, Dad, Sister, and me) to over a doz...
Sawdust + tin Can = Stove /Oven. Backpacking Camping and living Stove Powered by Sawdust made of Recycled Stuff. I Love camping since I was Just a child, and Now its time to Go back inside the Forest...
I've seen this all over the internet, and decided I would make one myself. There isn't a whole lot of variation that can be done to the design, and this is pretty much a direct copy of the stove desig...
Alright, so everyone knows a few fundamentals of navigation- north is always up, the sun rises in the east, and compasses usually point towards magnetic north. But at some point in time, outdoor ...
Here's how to make a hammock in a minute from a sheet or any big piece of cloth. It's the simplest method from my "Instant Hammock" article in Make Magazine Issue #9.I used the program "Avd Video Pro...
Even in the urban garden Rabbits are a real problem. Many people dislike the thought of shooting or it may not be practical if close to houses so a  live trap is a good alternative. In this instructa...
Even those who try to go paper-free still have lots of paper around the house.  This is especially true if you are a student.  Recycling is a great way to dispose of it, but why not turn it into somet...
This is a very simple and mini survival kit that covers the essentials of survival Enjoy!!!
A simple instructable to teach u how to make an easy candle for camping or surviving in the wild.
Awesome little WATERPROOF fire starter ready to Go! Can be used for camping or survival kit (made a survival kit with straw fire starters in it check it out)
Lets learn a quick easy way to build a survival shelter from 3 log poles and your shoelaces.This can also be used as tent pole repair, it is a handy skill to know.
This is very easy and simple.  All the tools needed for this fish hook can be found on most multi tools.  It takes only a few minutes to create.
Have you ever wanted one of those vintage glass minnow traps but didn't want to spend the money? Well, let's build one for less than $10. This project takes less than an hour and will have you trappin...
This is a companion to my How to Make a Red Oak Pyramid Bow. After all, you don't want to be shooting carbon fiber or aluminum from a traditional style bow.
This slingshot is patterned after the ones my grandfather and father made. It requires a "Y" shaped stick, some rubber bands or rubber cut from old inner tube, small diameter string or dental floss,an...
First rate and review! Lighting a fire is only half the battle. The way you build a fire - that is, how you arrange the wood - can affect how long the fire will last and the amount of heat it'll give...
Have you ever gotten to a camp site and all the ground is wet from rain, or have you ever awoken to your fire gone out and it rained that night before leaveing all the tender wet? In this instructable...
As a beginner fisherman or fisherwoman, it is easy to get into the excitement of reeling in an 8 pound wallet, or fighting back and forth with a Northern. What happens after you make the catch? The fo...
Fishhooks and fishing line are a common part of any survival kit. Having these allows you to catch fish and to have food for dinner. But what if you're stranded and you don't have any fishhooks? Well,...
Do you love fishing? If you do, then you will love this mini tackle box made with just an altoids tin and a couple popsicle sticks. This tacklebox will have 6 storage areas for all of your hooks, line...
Make this simple, effective, and low cost wood carrier.  You only need two materials.  The picture probably tells you everything you need - but I am posting detailed steps and comments. Traditional w...
I had always wanted my own Teepee after watching "Dances with Wolves" ! They look so comfortable and are easily moved! Well I have  quite a few dead cedar trees around my Log Home, so I decided to cut...
This is a simple and cheap gift idea for anyone with a fire place or outdoor fire pit. All you need is: News paper Lint from your dryer Hemp Pine cones Optional: Dried herbs (I used dried orange pee...
Knots, as a way of joining rope without special equipment, are useful in many situations. On a sailboat, knots are essential both for daily use and for emergency repairs. This instructable describes s...
Materials: 1. Steel Wool 2. A 9 volt battery (any battery will work, but 9 volt batteries are the easiest)
You've done something stupid, you've cut yourself in the woods and haven't gone a walking with a first aid kit.You silly silly person!But never fear, what you could do if you've read this instructable...
 How to make your very own waterproof dryer lint fire-starter, for free. Using only household items you can make a 1 oz waterproof fire-starter that burns for 15 minutes.  It's perfect for camping, b...
Twists are incredibly easy to make.  They are unleavened bread as they contain no yeast or sourdough culture.  It costs about 30p (60c? but we're in rip of Britain, so probably cheaper in the states) ...
Ingredients: Cheese Hot Dogs, Marshmallows, Hot Dog Buns, Kebab Sticks
I absolutely love camping. But do you know what I love most about camping? Why, the campfire food, of course! You have your pie iron recipes, your tin foil meal recipes, and of course, s'mores. Here i...
How to make a simple torch with inexpensive materials im not responseble for anything you do with this information
Earlier this evening while i was sat around a camp fire with a few mates, alot of marshmallows and sausages and i happened to stumble upon the perfect way of cooking a marshmallow. read on for more...
In this Instructable I will show you the best way to make a smore at a campfire. This is for the pros, be prepared to take spend more time than the kids around you burning theirs in the fire.
Here is how to make a great s'more three different ways. Whether you're camping outside or craving a marshmallow inside, here's the steps to make a s'more in your kitchen or over the fire (preferably ...
This instructable tells you how to make a really easy toasting fork, for use on campfires. It takes about 30 seconds to make and can be made with just a penknife.
It seems as though there are a million 'perfect' ways to boil an egg out there.......well, here is one more! This method even includes fun and entertainment! You will need: Campfire that has burned ...
I'm sure you have made hard boiled eggs before in a pot on a stove. But I don't believe you have ever made one in a paper cup in a campfire. That's right I said it IN not on the campfire. If you want ...
This ible is about cooking without pots and pans over an open fire.  Egg and Bacon in Oranges sounds odd and quite frankly, it's an aquired taste. Actually in my opinion it tastes horrible, but the s...