TEMECULA: Teens invited to make their own one-of-a-kind, mini-survival tins at June library event

TEMECULA — Are you a teen who loves to go on an adventure at a moment’s notice? Do you try to be prepared for any unexpected crisis or emergency? Before hitting the trails or heading out on your next adventure, join other area teens interested in making a one-of-a-kind, customize-able Adventure/Survival Tin at next month’s special Survival Kit Tins event at Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library.

Other featured upcoming library events: Meet Walter Santos During Temecula Public Library’s “Conversations with a Landscape Photographer”

Mini survival tins – often made out of Altoids or other similar tin containers, are recommended by many public-safety agencies as well as well as countless TV “adventure survivalist’s.”

These mini-survival tins can be personalized with a variety of decorations on the outside and with your parent’s help and approval, filled on the inside with basic survival and adventure essentials.

Items such as a small compass, flashlight, and magnifying glass; signal whistle and/or signal mirror; 20-30′ of Paracord for tying or lashing things together; basic fishing gear such as fishing line, various styles and sizes of hooks, and small lures can fit perfectly.

Your survival tin could even carry a miniature first-aid kit – complete with small bandages; Chapstick, petroleum jelly, or other lip protector; aspirin or pain reliever, and many other first-aid essentials.

With your parent’s approval, more advanced survival items can be included such as a fire-starter, ferrous rod, small lighter, or a few weather-proof matches; small “Swiss-Army” style knife, multi-tool, or other cutting instrument; finger-tip wire saw for cutting small tree branches and limbs; water purification tablets for fresh, safe drinking water; and even a few dollars, spare cell phone battery, or mini USB-charger to help keep you connected with your family.

Once you have designed your personalized survival tin, any of those items – or whatever your parents allow – can be placed and safely kept inside your one-of a-kind container. Small enough to fit in a car’s glove compartment, backpack, purse, or even a standard-size pocket, your mini survival tin will be ready to go with you anywhere, anytime!

As simple as these survival tins may seem, they are often recommended by law enforcement officials and park rangers, as well as many well-known TV wilderness and adventurer survivalist’s such as Canada’s Bear Grylls. Famous as an “ultimate adventure survivalist” with shows like “Ultimate Survival,” “Worst Case Scenario,” and “Get Out Alive,” Grylls has long advocated for adventure seekers to create and carry a personalized mini-survival tin with them, especially when space is limited.

Other famous TV adventure survivalist’s who have encouraged adventurers of all ages to be prepared for any emergency by always carrying a survival tin with them include the host of TV’s “Survivorman,” Les Stroud; husband and wife adventure survivalist’s Mykel Hawke and Ruth England of “Man, Woman, Wild;” as well as EJ Snyder, Joseph Teti, and Matt Graham of “Dual Survivor” fame.

So, if you – or your parents – like knowing you are always prepared, come out and join your friends while learning how to be one step closer to being ready for any planned – or even unplanned – adventure!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Temecula Libraries, this program is for teens, (Grades 7-12,) and limited to 30 participants. The special, one night event is scheduled for Monday, June 25, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., but program dates and times are subject to change. Space at the library, located at 30600 Pauba Road, is limited and carpooling is encouraged.

Advance registration begins at the adult reference desk two weeks prior to scheduled event or registration can be made by calling (951) 693-8940.

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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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