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Old 08-13-2019, 08:51 PM
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Good job.
You can show them the way, leading them into new hobbies.
My son, made up his own buckets when he was 7 or 8, of course they were the things HE liked , and when he decided he wanted to eat what was in there, we talked about storing what you eat and rotation.

Yes, he was young, but he got it.

He got his first rifle when he was 6, a single shot .17 hmr Rossi, and loved to shoot. He joined the shooting sports team when he got older, and built his own rifles, not just assembling from parts.

He hunts, fishes, and prepares for the future. Fireman, going to get his First responder certification at the academy this year...

This all starts when they are young. Make it fun, not something they HAVE to do because they may resent it later.

Have fun with it, jfountain2, and I wish you many good times!
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Early/first lesson needs to be "loose lips sink ships"

Young children are OPSEC risks, even after having the above lesson
With the concern about "red flag" laws, this is even more important. My son was shooting before he was four years old. He went all through high school listening to other kids talk about guns like they were experts and we was by far more experienced (took him to his first class at 16 years old, he did Infantry Basic at 17, and got his CCW permit at 19). He fully understood OPSEC and I think it's more important for them to learn that at the youngest age possible...especially before their hormones and erratic behavior kicks in during adolescence.

My wife's working her way through her PhD in education and several studies have stretched the "informative" and "easily influenced" years to both younger ages (as low as 10-11) up to ages 25 years old. If your kids/grand-kids don't understand the importance of OPSEC before that, you're going to be at risk for several years.

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I wouldn't say you necessarily did anything wrong... Your first line pretty much say it all

And you never know... one or both of them may come back at some point and show interest...
My son drifted away when he was 15-16. Got the spoiled girlfriend who wasn't focused on anything he was raised and loved doing. I never said a thing, but continued to invite him to go backpacking and shooting. He also said he would never go in the Army like his old man, but I just kept my pie-hole shut...it was his decision anyways. Fast forward a couple years and he asked "mom" to take him to a recruiter, Enlisted in the Infantry, got back into shooting and wanting to take classes with me. He's now in his junior year at college, ROTC scholarship (wanting to go Infantry), planned his bugout route home and has his bugout bag ready to role. Wants to take more classes (advanced tactical classes and TCCC certification, etc.). This next year in ROTC is mostly focused on small unit leadership, patrolling, etc. and he's stoked as he has the outdoors background necessary to do well (field craft, orienteering, patrolling, backpacking, etc.).

They come around and if they don't they no the path back when they need to...

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Thought I'd share these. You really can't start too young. Great thread J.
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This weekends lesson, batoning firewood and making kindling.
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Tonight’s lesson.... how to talk grandpa into blowing up a 9’ diameter unicorn swimming pool because nobody can find the damn adapter for the air compressor....

Happy Grandparents Day y’all
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My girls all enjoyed camping ,shooting and some of the survival stuff I taught them. Its fun to watch them teach their husbands about it.
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Last weekend at a local park my granddaughter brought me a handfull of acorns and nuts she had gathered from various spots, the one that caught my attention was the hickory nuts. We’re going back next weekend to see if we can gather a bag full and I’ll teach her a little about foraging and why hickory nuts are good for her to find. Then we will eat them all weekend
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YOU CANNOT force them to like what you like.

My kids grew up in a house in the woods. (2 boys)
Hunting, fishing, camping virtually available to them 24/7/365
Guns everywhere(in this time it would be child endangerment) Could shoot anything any time since there is a 100yd range on the property.

THey don't
hunt
fish
camp
shoot

Try as I might, they would rather be on their computers and be honors students all the way through college with degrees in Chemical engineering and computer science, individually making more money than my wife and I did in a year together. They have families and great employment success,
BUT
THey don't
hunt
fish
camp
shoot

I lay awake nights still trying to figure out what I did wrong.
You didn't do anything wrong. They went where their interests took them, and thankfully they can use that to provide for themselves and their families. That's the first step in preparing is providing for day to day existence.

As they get older, perhaps they will see it the way you do. It's a long play, and you have time.
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