Dr. Scott Bronson, the manager for Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs and a notable wilderness preparedness teacher, recently visited Islip Middle School students in the EXCEL program as part of the ongoing “Inventing Self” series of inspirational guest lectures. Bronson introduced the students to the arts of trapping and fishing for survival purposes. His interactive lecture included an outdoor demonstration of how to build and set a trap for emergency purposes as well as a mini workshop on creating fishing lures.
“If you have to procure food, these are very old skills that all humans have, all around the world and they still work today,” Bronson said. “The other thing I wanted them to know is that in these situations, you need to use your brain, that’s your big survival advantage, and just be persistent. This idea of trying and trying again until you succeed is a core thing for a survival mindset.”