Distress Signals

This Distress Signals activity & project also includes:

Protect young campers from finding themselves lost in the woods with a series of instructions and exercises about wilderness survival. Focused on alerting others to a problem or to their whereabouts, the lessons guide middle and high schoolers through common distress signals, including smoke signals and ground-to-air signals, Morse Code, and how to carve their own alert whistle.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project the images of common distress signals onto the board for learners to copy down in a journal
  • Encourage the class to study the Morse Code alphabet, and to tap messages to a partner
  • Review the signals and tips before a class camping trip
  • Include in a summer camp curriculum
Classroom Considerations

  • One of the activities requires adult supervision, as it involves using a Swiss Army knife to carve a whistle out of wood
  • Lessons are published in Britain, so many terms are specific to that region (e.g. torch instead of flashlight)
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Provides a lot of educational pictures and symbols that campers can use in the wilderness
  • Comes with safety tips at the bottom of each activity

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