It was survival of the fittest on the Sept. 6 episode of ‘Jill & Jessa: Counting On’ when the older Duggar siblings took an outdoorsy trip into the woods and learned some new skills at a survival camp — including building their own huts and filtering river water! But not EVERY Duggar was able to adapt to their new environment.
The Duggar siblings didn’t know what they were getting themselves into on the latest episode of their reality show. In fact, as the older children tried to survive out in the wilderness for a few days with the help of guides, a few Duggars realized that roughing it outdoors was definitely NOT for them — including Jinger Duggar, 22.
The entire duration of the trip, Jinger was either texting her fiancé Jeremy Vuolo, 28, video chatting him, or complaining about the poor cell service that wouldn’t allow her to do one of the above. But luckily her siblings understood — for the most part — and didn’t get too annoyed with her antics.
As for the other Duggars, this survival camp they attended was NO joke, and they learned some super valuable skills that could help them survive on their own in the woods. From learning how to filter river water and turning it into drinking water, to constructing their own debris huts and makeshift sleeping bags, it was certainly a weekend of hard work and even struggle!
“It’s out of our comfort zone,” one of the Duggars recalled of their time at camp. And we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. After all, Jinger, Joy, 18, and Jana, 26, all hiked in denim skirts and cowboy boots, which definitely showcased just how unprepared they were for this woodsy adventure.
At one point, the clan even had to gather their own food. With the help of a guide who lived in the woods for two years on his own, the Duggars learned which plants were edible and which ones should be avoided. They ended up making stew out of violets, weeds, spice berry bush, and bark — sounds delicious, right?
“We’re used to certain foods,” Jinger told producers. “Widening our horizons is always a good thing, but it’s not always fun.” And we totally get that — I mean, there weren’t even showers out there in the woods! And on their last night they were challenged to sleep in the handmade huts they had built during the day — well, the handmade huts the BOYS had made during the day.
However, the majority of the kids did not last the night, and most of them ended up in the comfort of their trailer, but we totally don’t blame them! In the words of Jinger, they “chickened out,” but they were totally okay with that!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you surprised the Duggars went to survival camp?