CRETE | A day off from school on Oct. 14 was set aside for Crete children ages 8 to 13 to learn survival skills and put them to the test at Crete Park District.
Superintendent of Recreation Janel Geary and camp counselor/Boy Scout Billy O'Reilly were on hand to teach the children skills they could possibly use if they ever found themselves in a survival situation.
The day began with discussions on different types of survival situations and how to prepare in advance by packing necessary items. The group then went outdoors and spent the rest of the morning learning how to build and start fires and tie different knots. In the afternoon the group was split into two and their thinking and survival skills were put to the challenge. Challenges included: blind trust walk, brain puzzle challenge, rice relay, build a shelter and build a fire to burn a string suspended overhead. Each challenge earned the teams points and in the end a team won by only one point.
The next events planned for days off at the Crete Park District are: Nov. 7, Cardboard City, where participants will use their imagination to build anything out of cardboard and on Nov. 8, Scavenger Day, where participants will use their thinking skills to help them locate various items inside and out at Crete Park.
Call (708) 672-6969 or visit cretepark.com for more information.