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acorn86
« on: May 07, 2012 03:38:15 PM »

My husband teaches a boys' class on wednesday nights at our church. The boys participate in a scouts type club meeting with Bible lessons, activities, and sports, etc. They also work toward earning merit badges and pins. Anyway, we try to do something special for the kids (I teach the girls' class on wednesday nights) every holiday and season. We found these awesome camo packs for the boys at a local discount store and we desided to make "survival packs" for the boys as little gifts. I thought they would like these b/c the club goes camping every summer. The only problem is what to put in them. The packs are pretty small, so the items  would need to be small as well. I am open to store bought or hand made items. Any ideas?!?! <3
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012 04:22:52 PM »

How about:  small packages of trail mix (even if you had to make it yourself and put it in snack baggies), small bottles of hand sanitizer, sunglasses, whistle on a lanyard/crocheted necklace, etc..., hand wipes, compass....

Good luck, and how nice of you to teach and be so generous with the kids!
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012 04:38:56 PM »

Thank you Miss. Barbara! Great ideas. I especially like the idea of the sun glasses as well as hand sanitizer and the whistles.

I don't know why I was having a hard time with this. My brain just quit! I thought about doing compasses (and maybe like beef jerky. LOL.) Now my packs are like half full. Yeah!

Anyone else have a brilliant idea?  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012 05:08:39 PM »

Band-aids, mini light (I've seen some tiny LED things for cheap), mini notepad and pencil/pen for nature notes, "This pack belongs to___" name/ID card/tag...rats, now my brain just quit. I'm sure there was more I just thought of. Maybe brain blockage is contagious  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012 04:32:18 PM »

More great ideas! Thank you Calabaza. I like the idea of putting band aids and a mini light in and I'm sure the little guys would like to have a small pen and note book. This are good ideas and useful, too. These are going to be great packs.
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kstaron
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012 10:36:37 AM »

don't forget a whistle and maybe a signal mirror, an emergency poncho or a bandana. Depending on their age a pocket knife or fire starter kit might be appropriate. If they fish while they camp give them some fishing supplies. a bag of marshmallows (cause every campout should have those)
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acorn86
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012 07:28:18 PM »

More great ideas! Thanks Kstaron. I think whistles and possibly fishing gear will make great additions to the packs. So of the older boys will probably get pocket knives in their's as well.
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