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All preppers should have some silver coins.


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Good time to buy silver...currently (very slightly) lower than production costs if you can buy wholesale. I've been buying one or two "Walking Liberty" silver dollars every week for awhile now. Been averaging well under $25 each for a couple months at least now.

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gundogs wrote:
All preppers should have some silver coins.


This.

Good time to buy silver...currently (very slightly) lower than production costs if you can buy wholesale. I've been buying one or two "Walking Liberty" silver dollars every week for awhile now. Been averaging well under $25 each for a couple months at least now.


Good choice. The American Silver Eagle contains 1 Troy ounce of pure silver in an easily recognized form


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My 14 year old nephew is very interested in survival right now, so he specifically requested "survival stuff" for his birthday and Christmas. I got him a GI butt pack, and filled it with a few hanks of paracord, some chemical hand warmers, a painter's drop cloth, a 2p Heatsheets, a tin cup, a homemade fire kit, and an emergency poncho, and paired that with a couple of MREs, Les Stroud's first book, a USMC survival guide and a book about knots. For his recent birthday, we also gave him a lightweight 2 man tent, an esbit stove, ferro rod with mag bar, a folding saw and a Leatherman Wave. Now, if we could only get a little cooperation from Mother Nature so I can take him camping!

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A pocket knife or multi tool

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Have you guys been through CERT training?


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Perhaps a book on celestial navigation or star charts are in order? Navigation is a great skill to have in any environment. Orienteering gear is a great prep item and practicing that skill together is a fantastic bonding opportunity.
My daughter is 13. She does lots of prep-related activities but is also hopelessly addicted to her electronics. One of her prep-related Christmas gifts was a Goal Zero solar charger. This might be an option for you as well.
Another great option might be a hatchet or tomahawk. A quality tool that can last a lifetime is almost always a great gift.

I hope these help, just remember that your time as a father is the best gift you can give. Even with a tight schedule, you can still provide him with some great lessons and memories.


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-Unsurprisingly, I like the suggestion of the dual band ham radio. You can get a Baofeng for 35ish, a tech study book for 20 or so, and the tech test/license for 10 more.
-That'd be right around your price range.

a first aid kit and class isnt' bad.

Also, I'm a big fan of key ring EDC preps ( be careful on the multitool, though, since schools tend to whig out if a student has anything with a blade, even if said blade is so small as to be far less of a weapon than a pencil.), especially a nice keychain flashlight and flash drive.

Most suggestions are pretty solid, though, really.

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I would buy him a handy pocket chain saw like this: http://amzn.to/1HA7Zct - the Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw (Black) at amazon.
and/or I would buy him a car emergency kit.
Ops, I now see this is for a 13 year old - in that case: water purification straws and the like. . . . :)


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aus.templar wrote:
Depends, has he got a good swiss army knife/leatherman?
Does he shoot? Maybe a .22LR or if he's done a lot of shooting a .223. You hang onto it to keep it secure then go out shooting together, not only an awesome present but good bonding activity



This. I was going to suggest a quality air gun, but if he's ready for a real firearm, a .22lr and some solid safety and marksmanship training is an outstanding idea. And as aus.templar suggests, a fantastic opportunity for bonding with the young man.

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I second the rock climbing.
How about some airsoft or paintball war games? Scenarios are nice too depending on the environment. Save the hostage type in an urban setting was always fun.
When I started playing, I've had a newfound and deeper respect for those in the military, police, swat, etc..
They can't just say hit and join the next game in their real life situations. Everytime they go out or on duty, it's life or death.

How about some good survival and preparedness books?
I personally like The SAS Urban Survival Handbook by John Lofty Wiseman (since I'm more often in an urban environment) and The Disaster Preparedness Handbook, A Guide for Families by Dr.Arthur Bradley.
I reread these from time to time.

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I'm partial to Fenix flashlights - would recommend the LD22, which runs on AA batteries - as well as lanterns (CL20 or CL25) and headlamps. You can never have too many flashlights. Below is the link to the sale page, which has damaged-box items or returns at a decent discount.

Lots of excellent suggestions from the posters above - I'd give high consideration to a decent quanity of pre-1964 US silver coins or Silver Eagles, which will be indispensable currency in the PAW.

http://www.fenixoutfitters.com/sale-items/


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+1 for a Fenix light.

At 13, he's getting into the knife age, if not already there, but not all kids are truly ready at that age. Nonetheless a light is a good tool.

I think an E12 is a good start, its around $25 and very versatile. It is a small light, so if think something bigger would be a better idea there's the E21 that has a tail switch, or the E25 that has a side switch, both are essentially the same except for the switch. All AA powered too.

With lights, I think a lot of people are woo-ed by the latest technology, pushing the max amount of lumens out or having 12 different modes. Fenix lights are a bit more conservative but the quality is still top notch. I think they just extended their warranties to 6 years now, too.


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The original post was October 4th, 2013, and the kid will be 16 next birthday.

Fine if you're posting for general interest, but the OP hasn't been on since December of that year, and likely will not reply.

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+1 for a Fenix light.

At 13, he's getting into the knife age, if not already there, but not all kids are truly ready at that age. Nonetheless a light is a good tool.

I think an E12 is a good start, its around $25 and very versatile. It is a small light, so if think something bigger would be a better idea there's the E21 that has a tail switch, or the E25 that has a side switch, both are essentially the same except for the switch. All AA powered too.

With lights, I think a lot of people are woo-ed by the latest technology, pushing the max amount of lumens out or having 12 different modes. Fenix lights are a bit more conservative but the quality is still top notch. I think they just extended their warranties to 6 years now, too.


For a knife for a kid that may be a bit iffy. The leatherman leap has a removable blade.
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Otherwise a woodstove would be cool. Like a solo stove or the knockoffs.


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drop bear wrote:
turbo6 wrote:
+1 for a Fenix light.

At 13, he's getting into the knife age, if not already there, but not all kids are truly ready at that age. Nonetheless a light is a good tool.

I think an E12 is a good start, its around $25 and very versatile. It is a small light, so if think something bigger would be a better idea there's the E21 that has a tail switch, or the E25 that has a side switch, both are essentially the same except for the switch. All AA powered too.

With lights, I think a lot of people are woo-ed by the latest technology, pushing the max amount of lumens out or having 12 different modes. Fenix lights are a bit more conservative but the quality is still top notch. I think they just extended their warranties to 6 years now, too.


For a knife for a kid that may be a bit iffy. The leatherman leap has a removable blade.
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A knife is a tough call. Some kids are ready at 8, some aren't ready at 18. Good luck with your purchase.


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Sine he's coming up on his 14th birthday by now, I'd look at a decent navigation kit to give him a little more independence and responsibility outdoors

Decent baseplate compass with sighting mirror
Basic backup baseplate compass
"Be and expert with map and compass" by Bjorn Kellerstrom, or similar book
Headlamp with medium-long battery life and replaceable batteries. Kudos if it has a red light option to preserve night vision
Planisphere for night navigation
(optional) pocket monocular to glass routes.
Emergency whistle if all else fails. The Storm, Wind Storm. and ACME 558 whistles have reputations for carrying long distances through wooded areas. IME, whistle with distinctive trills tend to be more recognizable.
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“He pointed out to him the bearings of the coast, explained to him the variations of the compass, and taught him to read in that vast book opened over our heads which they call heaven, and where God writes in azure with letters of diamonds.”

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ZombieGranny wrote:
The original post was October 4th, 2013, and the kid will be 16 next birthday.

Fine if you're posting for general interest, but the OP hasn't been on since December of that year, and likely will not reply.



I think it is a good thread to keep alive because this topic will come up pretty often. I enjoyed reading it all. :mrgreen:

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teotwaki wrote:
ZombieGranny wrote:
The original post was October 4th, 2013, and the kid will be 16 next birthday.

Fine if you're posting for general interest, but the OP hasn't been on since December of that year, and likely will not reply.



I think it is a good thread to keep alive because this topic will come up pretty often. I enjoyed reading it all. :mrgreen:


OK, 16 = driver's license. So, emergency car repair kit (tire inflator+plug kit, jumper cables, hose repair kit, basic tools, spare fuses and bulbs, flashlight/area light, gloves and high vis vest)? Getting stranded does seem to be a frequent cause of rescues.

Despite it's age, I agree that it's a good thread to keep going.


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I second the Leatherman Leap for a kiddo old enough for tools but not necessarily mature enough for a knife. The knife blade is removable and can be added back when the kiddo is ready for it.

Also, I agree that this is an awesome thread for ideas for prepper kids. I have a 13 year old getting into major home repair projects. He has fixed my dishwasher and a riding lawnmower that hasn't worked in years. He bought his own tool belt and I expect he'll be getting his own set of tools for Christmas. I think he is ready for a Leatherman Squirt, as well. I always keep one on me and my kids have been asking for their own for some time. The same kiddo is also our chef. He loves to cook. I'm thinking of getting him a cast iron pan or a dutch oven and the materials to build a rocket stove outside for cooking when the power fails.

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LOVE this thread. Our oldest is 10 and is just starting to get interested in prepping. We went camping with her American Heritage Girls troop last fall and her favorite activity the whole weekend was making a personal first aid kit. Just today she pulled it out and asked me what other things she could add to it. We do map reading and practice pretty frequently in homeschool so I'm planning to add some geogaching in next school year. I think I'll try to find a first aid class for us to take together this summer. I'll be revisiting this thread often!


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Around here, the only first aid courses I can find are the CERT courses, but they have an age limit and the kids have to be 16. I got a home CPR course designed by the American Heart Association that comes with an inflatable dummy. They're challenging to find, but it's a good course. You can sometimes find it from third party sellers on Amazon.

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A few online resources for showing kids first aid:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/T ... r-children

their videos: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/T ... -to-videos

http://fivejs.com/teaching-first-aid-to-kids/

http://www.parentingsuccessnetwork.org/ ... rstAid.pdf

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