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The [[Troop Program Features#Wilderness Survival|Troop Wilderness Survival Monthly Theme]] includes meeting and activity materials.
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'''1. First Aid''': [[Hypothermia]] - [[Heat Reactions]] - [[Frostbite]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Insect Stings]] - [[Tick Bites]] - [[Snakebites]]<br>
'''1. First Aid''': [[Hypothermia]] - [[Heat Reactions]] - [[Frostbite]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Insect Stings]] - [[Tick Bites]] - [[Snakebites]]<br>

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Wilderness Survival Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Wilderness Survival is a popular Summer Camp Merit Badge!
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The Wilderness Survival requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.

Wilderness Survival merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1974
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 117
Requirements revision: 2008
Latest pamphlet revision: 2001/2007


Wilderness Survival requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
    b. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebites.
  2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
  3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
  4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
    a. Cold and snowy
    b. Wet
    c. Hot and dry
    d. Windy
    e. At or on the water
  5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful
  6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
    b. Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
    c. Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
  8. Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.
  9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, bears, and other animals of the local region.
  10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
  11. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear while in the outdoors during extremely hot and cold weather and during wet conditions.
  12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Wilderness Survival is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Wilderness Survival requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks, Webelos workbooks,
Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award workbooks.
  1. The BSA Wilderness Survival Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Wilderness Survival as one of your monthly themes.

Requirement resources

The Troop Wilderness Survival Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.

1. First Aid: Hypothermia - Heat Reactions - Frostbite - Dehydration - Blisters - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Snakebites

2, 3. Survival Skills checklists and videos.
4. Weather Skills - Dehydration - Cold Weather - Hypothermia - Wet Weather - Warm Weather - Heat Exhaustion - Heat Stroke
5. Survival Kit videos show each item and how they are used.
6. Fire Starting videos show eight ways to start a fire without matches.

7. Survival Signaling videos
8. Survival Shelter videos show how to improvise natural shelters.
9. Insect Protection - Poisonous Animals - Food Handling and bears.
10. Water Purification
11. Warm Weather - Cold Weather

12. Survival Skills including the Identifying Plants & Food video.

Related awards

Outdoor Skills Awards
Outdoor-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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