Call me crazy, but I LOVED basic training for the Army. If you're new to survival or preparedness, you definitely need to go through some "basic" training. Preparedness is more than just knowledge - it's practice, too!
How to Start a Fire with Sticks. If you're camping or hiking and discover you have forgotten the matches, knowing how to start a fire with sticks is a very useful skill. The bow drill and hand drill method are well-established.