Outdoor 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 Outdoor Skills a part of your troop program.
These are also the resources for Webelos Outdoorsman.


Contents
Basics
 Sun Protection
 Insect Protection
 Hygiene
 Safety
Backpacking
Camps
Campfire Building
Campsite
Clothing
Cooking Skills
First Aid
Gear
 Lights
 Checklists
Hiking Skills
Hydration
Leave No Trace
Navigation
Outdoor Code
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Tent Types
Tent Setup
Water Purification
Weather Skills
Wilderness Survival

Outdoor Skills are important parts of the Cub Scout, Webelos, and Boy Scout programs:

Also see:


Resources

While your handbook is your primary resource, the links below can help you learn Outdoor Skills. See the Disclaimers.

  BSA Videos: The BSA Video: Skills Lessons are excellent but are large files that require Apple QuickTime.
  This symbol notes many other lesson videos.

Outdoor Basics

Shortcut:
Outdoor Basics

  BSA Video: Overnight camping gear (See notes.)
  Video: Camping Lesson Videos

Sun Protection

Shortcut:
Sun Protection

  Video: Sunscreen - Video: Learn What Sun & Bug Protection Gear to Pack When Camping

Insect Protection

Shortcut:
Insect Protection

  Video: Insect Repellent

Hygiene

Shortcut:
Hygiene

Outdoor Safety

Shortcut:
Outdoor Safety

  BSA Video: Safe Hiking (See notes.)
  Video: Buddy System - Video: Hiking Regulations & Permits -


Backpacking Skills

See Backpacking Skills for Backpacks, Packing, Reducing Weight, Stoves, Gear, and more.



Campfire Building

Shortcut:
Campfire Building
See Cooking Skills for Ax and Saw Skills, Campfire Setup, Types, Starting, Safety, and more.


Campsite

Shortcut:
Campsite

  Video: Campsites - Video: Finding Practical Campsites - Video: How to Choose a Campsite - Video: How to Choose a Location - Video: Campsite Hazards


Camps

Shortcut:
Camps


Clothing

See Cooking Skills for Footwear, Socks, Layering, Cold Weather, Warm Weather, and more.


Cooking Skills

See Cooking Skills for Meal Planning, Recipes, Food Handling, Dutch Oven Cooking, and more.


First Aid

Shortcut:
Outdoor First Aid


Gear

Shortcut:
Outdoor Gear

  Video: Packing

  Video: Gear

Lights

Shortcut:
Lights

  Video: Lighting Needs

Checklists

Shortcut:
Outdoor Checklists


Hiking Skills

Shortcut:
Hiking Skills
See Hiking Merit Badge. Make Hiking A Part of Your Troop Program.

  BSA Video: Second Class Five-Mile Hike (See notes.)
  Hiking Videos - Videos: Planning - Videos: Footwear - Packing for Day Hikes - How to Choose & Use a Backpack for a Day Hike - Video: Keeping a Hiking Pace - Video: How to Keep Your Feet Dry - Video: Hike Planning - Video: Hiking for Beginners - Video: Advanced Hike Plans


Hydration

Shortcut:
Hydration

  REI: Hydration - Video: Hydration - Video: Hiking Water Gear
*REI: Hydration System - REI: Water Bottles - REI: Cleaning Water Bottles - REI: Water - REI: Water Treatment: Backcountry - REI: Water Risks

Leave No Trace

Shortcut:
Outdoor_Skills#Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace-related awards


Navigation

See Navigation for Navigation Without a Compass, Maps, Compass, GPS, Lost, and more.


Outdoor Code

Shortcut:
Outdoor_Skills#Outdoor Code


Sleeping Bags

Shortcut:
Sleeping Bags

  Video: Sleeping Bags - Video: Choosing a Sleeping Bag - Video: Buying Sleeping Bags - Staying Warm in a Sleeping Bag - Video: Selecting a Sleeping Bag -


Sleeping Pads

Shortcut:
Sleeping Pads

  Videos: Video: How to Choose a Sleeping Pad - [1] - Sleeping Pads - Camping Sleeping Pads - Packing Inflatable Sleeping Pads - Video: Selecting a Ground Mat


Tent Types

Shortcut:
Tent Types

  Video: Tents - Video: How to Choose a Tent - Video: How to Pitch a Tent - Video: How to Set Up a Tent - Backpacking Tent Types


Tent Setup

Shortcut:
Tent Setup

  BSA Video: Tenderfoot Help Pitch a Tent - BSA Video: Second Class Pitch a Tent (See notes.)

  Video: Where to Set Up a Tent - Video: Clearing an Area for a Tent - Video: How to Stake Down a Tent - Video: Laying Out Ground Tarp for Tents - Video: Laying Out a Tent - Video: Putting Tent Poles Together - Video: Raising a Tent

Water Purification

Shortcut:
Water Purification

  Video: Importance of Water Purification - Video: Safe Drinking Water - Water Video: Purification Process - Video: Finding Fresh Water - Video: Water Purification

  Video: Purifying Water - Video: Methods of Water Purification - Video: How to Select a Water Purification System Videos: Water Treatment Options: Filters - Chemicals - UV - Bottle Filters - Boiling Water - Cleanable Filters - Water Tablets

Weather Skills

Shortcut:
Weather Skills

  Video: Adapting to Weather - Video: How to Gauge the Weather - Video: How to Check the Weather

Wilderness Survival

See Wilderness Survival Skills for Survival Kit, Survival Shelter, Survival Signaling, and more.


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. Outdoor 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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