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[[Backpacking Preparation|Preparation]]<br>
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[[Packing a Backpack|Packing]]<br>
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In addition to the {{PAGENAME}} resources below, [[MeritBadge.Org]] offers a number of other resources including:
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==Resources==
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While the [[Boy Scout Handbook]] and [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=35863* Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet] are your primary resources, the links below can help you learn {{PAGENAME}}. See the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Disclaimers|Disclaimers]].
*[[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit badge]]
*[[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit badge]]
*[[TPF-Backpacking|Make Backpacking A Part of Your Troop Program]].
*[[TPF-Backpacking|Make Backpacking A Part of Your Troop Program]].
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*[[Sun Protection]] - [[Insect Protection]]
 
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* [[Clothing]]: [[Footwear]] - [[Socks]] - [[Layering]] - [[Cold Weather]] - [[Warm Weather]] - [[Wet Weather]]
 
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*[[Cooking Skills]] - [[Campfires]]
 
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*[[Leave No Trace]]
 
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*[[Navigation]]
 
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*[[Outdoor Code]]
 
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*[[Outdoor_Gear]]: [[Sleeping Bags]] - [[Sleeping Pads|Pads]] - [[Tent Types|Tents]]
 
*[[Philmont Scout Ranch]]
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==Resources==
 
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While your handbook is your primary resource, the links below can help you learn {{PAGENAME}}. See the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Disclaimers|Disclaimers]]. See the [[Boy Scout Handbook]] and [[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit Badge]] pamphlet. [[TPF-Backpacking|Make backpacking a part of your Troop Program]].<br>
 
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; This symbol notes many other lesson videos.
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; This symbol notes many other lesson videos.
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* Related topics: [[First Aid Skills]] - [[Outdoor Skills]] - [[Leave No Trace]] - [[Navigation]] - [[Outdoor Code]] - [[Weather Skills]] - [[Clothing]]
==Backpacks==
==Backpacks==
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacks]]}}
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacks]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1896_backpacking-frame-pack.htm Video: Internal vs. External Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156468_picking-backpack.htm Video: Buying a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18278_hiking-gear-choose-backpack-long-trip.htm Long Trip Backpacks] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129867_how-select-backpack-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129881_how-select-pack-cover-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Pack Cover] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Hiking Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135864_external-backpack-frame.htm External Backpack Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135865_internal-backpack-frame.htm Internal Backpack Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Hiking Backpack]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156468_picking-backpack.htm Buying a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18278_hiking-gear-choose-backpack-long-trip.htm Long Trip Backpacks] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129867_how-select-backpack-camping.htm Selecting a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129881_how-select-pack-cover-camping.htm Selecting a Pack Cover] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135864_external-backpack-frame.htm External Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135865_internal-backpack-frame.htm Internal Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Backpack]<br>
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*[http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwrec/touch/camping/ext-vs-int.html Internal Frame vs External Frame] - [http://www.helium.com/items/271210-the-difference-between-internal-frame-and-external-frame-backpacks Internal vs.External Frames] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpack.html REI: Backpacks]
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*[http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwrec/touch/camping/ext-vs-int.html Internal Frame vs External Frame] - [http://www.helium.com/items/271210-the-difference-between-internal-frame-and-external-frame-backpacks Internal vs. External Frames] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpack.html REI: Backpacks]
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==Backpacking Preparation==
==Backpacking Preparation==
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacking Preparation]]}}
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacking Preparation]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/172_backpacking-video.htm Video: Backpacking] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18174_multiday-hiking-plan.htm Video: Planning] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+kitchen+supplies+checklist.html REI: Kitchen Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+beginners.html REI: Backpacking for Beginners] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18874_nature-hiking-conditioning-backpacking.htm How to Condition for a Backpacking Trip]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/172_backpacking-video.htm Backpacking] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18174_multiday-hiking-plan.htm Planning] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+kitchen+supplies+checklist.html REI: Kitchen Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+beginners.html REI: Backpacking for Beginners] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18874_nature-hiking-conditioning-backpacking.htm How to Condition for a Backpacking Trip]<br>
*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+repair+kit+checklist.html REI: Repair Kit] -
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==Packing a Backpack==
==Packing a Backpack==
{{Shortcut|[[Packing a Backpack]]}}
{{Shortcut|[[Packing a Backpack]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18243_multiday-hiking-packing.htm Video: How to Pack for One Night] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156464_packing-backpack.htm Video: Packing]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18243_multiday-hiking-packing.htm How to Pack for One Night] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156464_packing-backpack.htm Packing]<br>
*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/pack+backpack.html REI: Backpacks: How to Pack] -
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==Reducing Weight==
==Reducing Weight==
{{Shortcut|[[Reducing Weight]]}}
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*See [[Backpacking Stoves]], [[Backpacking Food]], and [[Backpacking Gear]] for details about reducing weightin each of those areas.
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*See [[Reducing Weight]]: [[Backpacks]] - [[Backpacking Stoves]] - [[Backpacking Food]] - [[Backpacking Gear]] - [[Water Purification]] - [[Clothing]] - [[Sleeping Bags]] - [[Sleeping Pads|Pads]] - [[Tent Types|Tents]] and other [[Outdoor_Gear]] for details about reducing weight in each of those areas.
*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+ultralight+checklist.html REI: Ultralight Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lightweight+hiking.html REI: Lightweight Hiking]
*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+ultralight+checklist.html REI: Ultralight Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lightweight+hiking.html REI: Lightweight Hiking]
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==Backpacking Stoves==
==Backpacking Stoves==
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/125933_backpacking-stove-options.htm Video: Backpacking Stove Options] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18283_hiking-gear-cooking.htm Video: Cooking Gear] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+stove.html REI: Stoves]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/125933_backpacking-stove-options.htm Backpacking Stove Options] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18283_hiking-gear-cooking.htm Cooking Gear] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+stove.html REI: Stoves]<br>
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss07.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Chemical Fuels] - [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss07.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Stoves and Lanterns] - [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss07.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Fuels and Fire Prevention]
==Backpacking Food==
==Backpacking Food==
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacking Food]]}}
{{Shortcut|[[Backpacking Food]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156473_food-backpacking-trips.htm Video: Backpacking Food] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18284_hiking-gear-food.htm Video: Food to Pack on your Short or Long Hiking Trip]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Videos''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156473_food-backpacking-trips.htm Backpacking Food] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18284_hiking-gear-food.htm Food to Pack on your Short or Long Hiking Trip]<br>
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==Backpacking Gear==
==Backpacking Gear==
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:''Also see [[Tents]] and Footwear]].
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:''Also see [[Tent Types]] and [[Footwear]].
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1895_backpacking-gear.htm Video: Backpackign Gear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1902_backpacking-clothing.htm Video: Clothing] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1901_backpacking-food-prep.htm Video: Food] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Tents] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123778_backpacking-camp-shoes.htm Video: Camp Shoes] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123776_backpacking-hiking-boots.htm Video: Boots] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123783_backpacking-jackets.htm Video: Jackets] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123781_backpacking-pants.htm Video: Pants] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123780_backpacking-shirts.htm Video: Shirts] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123785_backpacking-sleepwear.htm Video: Sleepwear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123779_backpacking-synthetic-clothing.htm Video: Synthetics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123784_backpacking-underwear.htm Video: Underwear] - <br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''Video''': [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1895_backpacking-gear.htm Video: Backpacking Gear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1902_backpacking-clothing.htm Clothing] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1901_backpacking-food-prep.htm Food] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Tents] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123778_backpacking-camp-shoes.htm Camp Shoes] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123776_backpacking-hiking-boots.htm Boots] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123783_backpacking-jackets.htm Jackets] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123781_backpacking-pants.htm Pants] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123780_backpacking-shirts.htm Shirts] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123785_backpacking-sleepwear.htm Sleepwear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123779_backpacking-synthetic-clothing.htm Synthetics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123784_backpacking-underwear.htm Underwear] - <br>
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==Safety==
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:''See [[Outdoor Safety]]
==See also==
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*[[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit badge]]
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*[[TPF-Backpacking|Make Backpacking A Part of Your Troop Program]].
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*[[TPF-Backpacking|Make Backpacking a Part of Your Troop Program]].
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*[http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=35863* Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet]
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* [[Clothing]]: [[Footwear]] - [[Socks]] - [[Layering]] - [[Cold Weather]] - [[Warm Weather]] - [[Wet Weather]]
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*[[Leave No Trace]]
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*[[Outdoor_Gear]]: [[Sleeping Bags]] - [[Sleeping Pads|Pads]] - [[Tent Types|Tents]]
*[[Outdoor_Gear]]: [[Sleeping Bags]] - [[Sleeping Pads|Pads]] - [[Tent Types|Tents]]
*[[Water Purification]]
*[[Water Purification]]
*[[Weather Skills]]
*[[Weather Skills]]
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MeritBadge.Org offers resource and video links for First Aid, Swimming,
Outdoor Skills, Backpacking, Cooking, Navigation, Cycling, and Wilderness Survival Skills.
Troop Program Features let you make Backpacking Skills a part of your troop program.

Contents

Backpacks
Preparation
Packing
Reducing Weight
Stoves
Food
Shouldering a Pack 
Backpacking Gear
Safety


Resources

While the Boy Scout Handbook and Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet are your primary resources, the links below can help you learn Backpacking Skills. See the Disclaimers.

  This symbol notes many other lesson videos.


Backpacks

Shortcut:
Backpacks

  Videos: Buying a Backpack - Long Trip Backpacks - Selecting a Backpack - Selecting a Pack Cover - Picking a Backpack - External Frame - Internal Frame - Picking a Backpack

Backpacking Preparation

Shortcut:
Backpacking Preparation

  Videos: Backpacking - Planning - REI: Kitchen Checklist - REI: Backpacking for Beginners - How to Condition for a Backpacking Trip


Packing a Backpack

Shortcut:
Packing a Backpack

  Videos: How to Pack for One Night - Packing


Reducing Weight

Shortcut:
Reducing Weight


Backpacking Stoves

Shortcut:
Backpacking Stoves

  Videos: Backpacking Stove Options - Cooking Gear - REI: Stoves


Backpacking Food

Shortcut:
Backpacking Food

  Videos: Backpacking Food - Food to Pack on your Short or Long Hiking Trip


Shouldering a Pack

Shortcut:
Shouldering a Pack

  Videos: How to Wear a Backpack - Wearing a Backpack - Adjusting a Heavy Backpack on Shoulders - Adjusting Backpack Hip Belts - Adjusting Backpack Shoulder Straps - How to Put on a Heavy Backpack


Backpacking Gear

Shortcut:
Backpacking Gear
Also see Tent Types and Footwear.

  Video: Video: Backpacking Gear - Clothing - Food - REI: Tents - Camp Shoes - Boots - Jackets - Pants - Shirts - Sleepwear - Synthetics - Underwear -


Safety

See Outdoor Safety

See also


Related awards

Outdoor Skills Awards

Outdoor-related awards


Disclaimers

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, or formal training. Please note that the only materials recommended by the Boy Scouts of America are those found or listed in official BSA materials such as the current Boy Scout Handbook. Backpacking Skills recommendations are constantly being revised. Neither MeritBadge.Org, nor its contributors make any recommendations. See the Guide to Safe Scouting.

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