While it is always a good idea to learn as much about survival as you can, trying to survive solo is a much bigger challenge than trying to survive as part of a survival team. Surviving solo not only depends on you having all the necessary survival skills necessary to do everything on your own, but that you actually do it.
The survival team greatly increases your chances of survival by sharing the tasks necessary for survival. It also provides you with a larger self-defense force if you are attacked. With a number of people working together, you gain the advantages of synergy, making your work more effective and if something should happen to one member of the group, there are others to care for them until they are better.
There is no ideal size for a survival team, as each situation is different. The mix of skills and personalities is much more important than sheer numbers. You can actually have the right mix of skills in a very small team, which might make it easier for everyone in the team to be in agreement and work together.
So, what skills would be needed in the Survival team?
Each of these specialists will be the main person responsible for taking care of that area. Of course, others will have to take part as well. Some tasks, such as defense and gardening will probably require the effort of the whole survival team.
Survival Team members can fulfill more than one of those rolls. However, if the burden requires more time than there are hours available, they should have an assistant. Assistants are a good idea anyway, as it provides an excellent opportunity for training other team members, helping to ensure that the skills are never lost from the survival team.
The other big problem in forming a survival team is ensuring that everyone in team can get along together and work together. Friction within the team can’t be allowed, as it affects everyone. Finding team members who can work and live together, without conflict, is probably the hardest part of putting a survival team together. A couple of pointers which can help with this:
As long as you are working with people, there are no guarantees. Everyone has to be committed to the team and be willing to work together to make sure that everything works out to the group’s mutual benefit. This is literally going to be a voluntary socialist living experiment and so every needs to understand that they are making a commitment to do everything they can for the team’s benefit, not their own.
While this is a survival team, it can be extremely helpful to work together on projects, as well as socializing together, before any survival need. That will give the group the opportunity to learn of each other’s strengths and how to work together.
by Rod Davidson
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