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|quote=In their outdoor activities, Scouts learn to bring the clothing and gear they need, to make good plans, and do their best to manage any risks. But now and then, something unexpected happens. When things go wrong, the skills of wilderness survival can help make everything right again.
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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. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses likely to occur in backcountry outings, including hypothermia, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, frostbite, dehydration, sunburn, stings, tick bites, snakebite, and blisters.
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:2. Describe from memory the priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location.
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'''1. First Aid''': [[Hypothermia]] - [[Heat Reactions]] - [[Frostbite]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Insect Stings]] - [[Tick Bites]] - [[Snakebites]]<br>
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:3. Describe ways to (a) avoid panic and (b) maintain a high level of morale when lost.
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::a. Cold and snowy
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::b. Wet and Cold Areas (forest)
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::d. Windy (mountains or plains)
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#Signaling
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:5. Make up a personal survival kit and be able to explain how each item in it is useful
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:6. Show that you can start fires using three methods other than matches.
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'''4'''. [[Weather Skills]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Cold Weather]] - [[Hypothermia]] - [[Wet Weather]] - [[Warm Weather]] - [[Heat Exhaustion]] - [[Heat Stroke]]<br>
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'''5'''. [[Survival Kit]] videos show each item and how they are used.<br>
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::c. Describe from memory five international ground-to- air signals and tell what they mean.
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'''6'''. [[Fire Starting]] videos show eight ways to start a fire without matches. <br>
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:8. Show that you can find and improvise a natural shelter minimizing the damage to the environment.
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'''7'''. [[Survival Signaling]] videos<br>
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:10. Explain how to protect yourself against insects, reptiles, and bears.
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'''8'''. [[Survival Shelter]] videos show how to improvise natural shelters. <br>
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:11. Show three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
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'''9'''. [[Insect Protection]] - [[Poisonous Animals]] - [[Food Handling| Food Handling and bears]]. <br>
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:12. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and extremely cold weather.
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'''10'''. [[Water Purification]] <br>
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:13. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.
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'''11'''. [[Warm Weather]] - [[Cold Weather]] <br>
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'''12'''. [[Survival Skills]] including the Identifying Plants & Food video. <br>
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*[http://havlicek.tripod.com/Wilderness_Survival117.html Wilderness Survival Exam]
 
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* [http://usscouts.org/netresources/orient.asp Orienteering]
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* [http://usscouts.org/databases/camp/ocd.cgi Camps Database]
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* [http://usscouts.org/camping.asp Camping]
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* [http://www.aore.org/ Assn of Outdoor Recreation and Education]
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* [http://www.backpacker.com/ Backpacker Magazine]
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* [http://www.equipped.org/ Equipped to Survive]
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* [http://www.wilderness-survival.net/ Wilderness Education Association]
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* [http://store.usgs.gov/locatorstore_url=http://store.usgs.gov/scripts/wgate/zww204a791096/~flNlc3Npb249UFJEOklHU0tBSENJR1NTQVAwMjowMDAyLjAwMDYuYWI0MzkxMWMuZGZmZCZ*aHR0cF9jb250ZW50X2NoYXJzZXQ9aXNvLTg4NTktMSZ*U3RhdGU9Mjk2MDcuMDAzLjA1LjA5====~okcode US Geological Survey] Free Topographical Maps - Download the pdf or buy 22”x27” maps for $7 each.
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*[http://terraserver-usa.com/address.aspx Terraserver] Free Large Satellite Photos - Enter Address, choose large size, print, right click, Save as)

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

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In their outdoor activities, Scouts learn to bring the clothing and gear they need, to make good plans, and do their best to manage any risks. But now and then, something unexpected happens. When things go wrong, the skills of wilderness survival can help make everything right again.


Wilderness Survival merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure.


Wilderness Survival merit badge 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 councelor.
  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 (forest)
    c. Hot and dry (desert)
    d. Windy (mountains or plains)
    e. Water (ocean, lake, or river)
  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, and bears.
  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 in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and in extremely cold weather.
  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, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
by an administrator.
Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Wilderness Survival merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure.

Notes

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, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. Wilderness Survival is a popular summer camp merit badge.
  4. 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. Survival Skills checklists and videos.

  1. Positive Mental Attitude
  2. First Aid
  3. Shelter
  4. Fire
  5. Signaling
  6. Water
  7. Food

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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

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

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