Tyler Allred, Houston Hull, Gage Kloft, Colby Schwartz, Mr. Marcon
The Survival Challenge, offered only every 2 years, is a test of your mental, physical and spiritual skills in a challenging “survival situation.”
It is also a Vision Quest, a confrontation with the self, away from others, alone, without screens large and small (tv, computer, cellphones) to distract you from being aware of who you are and who you might be and might become.
The Challenge requires you to stay all alone in a wilderness “survival camp” of your own making for 3 days and 2 nights deep in the Superstitions Wilderness. You are allowed only the very minimal gear one would bring on a day hike. You are not allowed a sleeping bag or tent; you can bring only one meal (a “lunch”), and just 2 liters of water. You carry minimal fire-starting material.. You are allowed no cell phones (or similar).
The purpose of the Challenge is to mimic a typical survival situation in which a hiker gets lost or injured on a day hike and has to survive with his or her day hike gear awaiting rescue, which statistically takes place within 48-72 hours. At the end of the required time period, the Candidates are “rescued” by members of Troop 323 and friends and family. You are then required to give your rescuers a one-hour long presentation (timed) on the principles of wilderness survival and how you implemented those principles to “survive.” This presentation is a key component of the entire weekend. To teach is to learn twice.