Here at BugOut Nutrition, we try to take anything we can from what we see on Doomsday Preppers. However at some point we have to take a step back and realize that there really isn’t much material to work with. In the case of 15 year old Jason Beacham, we might be in over our heads.
Responsibility and Prepping
Personally I believe the choice of National Geographic to portray Beacham as a prepper is both exploitative and derogatory to the community. Jason, like many 15 year old kids who wear black, enjoys talking about anarchy and collecting knives. For food, he enjoys commandeering canned goods from his mother’s pantry and for drills he likes to set fires in abandoned buildings with his friends.
I don’t need to go into why this does not resemble prepping in any sense of the word. This segment represented everything the community hates about the show. I have seen some backlash on the internet directed towards Jason which I think is very much undeserved. We were all kids at one point and if we had film crews following us around we probably wouldn’t be looking intelligent either. Boys will be boys.
The onus is on National Geographic for both bringing this to light for cheap ratings and allowing some incredibly dangerous activity to go on. During the episode, Jason and his friends struck out into the wilderness with no protective gear, broke into an abandoned house and lit an uncontrollable fire that could have threatened their lives. A
film crew of grown adults allowed them to do this in spite of their obvious lack of expertise all in the name of ‘good television’.
What if Jason and his friends had passed out from the smoke or caught on fire themselves? I don’t even want to think about the legal ramifications of breaking into a house on video if it happened to be owned.
At the end of the day, perhaps there is a lesson to be learned in the guidance of young people in the pursuit of prepping. Jason’s mother seemed to be supportive in the most dangerous of activities such as shooting but roughing it in nature is something that really requires supervision. The boy scouts exist for a reason. At 15, Jason and his friends are children and regardless of how independent they think they might be they could be in serious danger if they aren’t treated as such.