by Todd Walker
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t you love to watch a young person swim against the societal current of dependency?
I’d like to introduce Abrahm Butts to you as a shining example of what Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance is all about. His journey to preparedness and self-reliance breathes hope into a generation floating down a creek without a paddle.
Abrahm, a 15 year-old Boy Scout, graciously answered a few questions I sent. Thought you’d enjoy learning what drives him to be more self-reliant. Check out his skills-based YouTube channel, BSA Bushcraft, and, don’t forget to subscribe and encourage him to Keep Doing the Stuff!
Q: Tell us about how you got started Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance and your new YouTube channel, BSA Bushcraft.
I got started in the survival stuff by watching Man vs Wild, I watched all of Bear’s episodes very quickly! After that I came across Dual Survival. I seemed to like that show a bit more than Man vs Wild. I was watching the first episodes of Dual Survival and in the introduction to Dave Canterbury they said he had a YouTube channel (Wilderness Outfitters), so I looked him up and literally watched ALL of his videos. I have learned most of my “Bushcraft” knowledge from Dave. I had a crazy idea one day to start my own channel and I did it is called BSA Bushcraft.
Q: What is the top tip you’d give to kids and adults wanting to build wilderness survival skills and becoming more self-reliant?
The top tip I would give to someone who is wanting to get started into bushcraft is practice in a SAFE environment whether that is your backyard or your porch.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge(s) you face in developing skills?
The biggest struggle I have when developing a skill is that I expect to get it done in 1 hour, but it can take a good amount of to have the skill down. Take your time with that skill and don’t rush it, or try to do to many skills at once.
Q: What advise would you give to kids wanting to get started in woodcraft/bushcraft but have little or no experience?
The advice I would tell to kids that are wanting to start into bushcraft is make a stable kit with the 10C’s then take your time and take the skills one at a time.
Q: If you had to choose one kit item to survive a 72-hour wilderness survival scenario, what would it be and why?
In a 72-hour wilderness scenario I would choose a knife over anything for the reasons that I can carve traps to catch food. If I have a high carbon knife, I can find a rock with a hardness of 7 or greater, then maybe find a piece of fungus, then I have a way to make a fire. The fire I have created with just that knife I can improvise containers that can withstand fire so I can boil my water, cook my food, keep warm and keep predators out of my camp. I can do all of that with just that one tool.
Q: What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you when filming video for your channel (blooper reel stuff)?
The funniest thing that has happened to me when I was making a video was I could not stop laughing for some odd reason when I said YouTube 😉
Q: How has your bushcraft training effected your education and outlook for your future?
I don’t let my bushcraft get in the way of my grades. My education comes before bushcraft. Since I have discovered bushcraft, I have had some great opportunity’s to help my future. Like Todd was kind enough to let me do this interview. The Pathfinder Instructors have invited me to some events with them. I even have a show on Around the Cabin in the making, thanks too Rich!
Q: What’s the best value-adding resource you’d recommend for building and honing self-reliance skills?
The best value adding resource in my opinion is the internet. You can learn so much from researching and watching videos.
Thank you Todd for this awesome opportunity!
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It’s great to see a young person do the things Abrahm is doing I enjoyed reading your post. Look forward to seeing many more. I have a homesteading and survival group on face book and some times I use things from your post’s giving you credit of course.