Outdoor skills

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MeritBadge.Org offers resource and video links for Backpacking, Campfire Building, Clothing, Cooking,
Cycling, First Aid, Navigation, Outdoor skills, Scout skills, Swimming, 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.

Outdoor skills are important parts of the Cub Scout, Webelos, and Scouts BSA programs:

Resources

While the Scouts BSA Handbook and the Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet (Spanish) are primary resources, 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

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Outdoor Basics

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

Sun Protection

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Sun Protection

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

Insect Protection

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Insect Protection

  Video: Insect Repellent

Hygiene

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Hygiene

Outdoor Safety

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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

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

Campsite

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Campsite

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

Camps

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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

Gear

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Outdoor Gear

  Video: Packing

  Video: Gear

Lights

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Lights

  Video: Lighting Needs

Checklists

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Outdoor Checklists

Hiking Skills

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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

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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

Leave No Trace-related links

Navigation

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

Outdoor Code

Sleeping Bags

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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