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== Merit badge requirements ==
== Merit badge requirements ==
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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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:1. 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.
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:2. Describe from memory the priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location.
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:2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your councelor.
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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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:3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
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:4. Tell what you would do to survive in the following environments:
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:4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
::a. Cold and snowy
::a. Cold and snowy
::b. Wet (forest)
::b. Wet (forest)
::c. Hot and dry (desert)
::c. Hot and dry (desert)
::d. Windy (mountains or plains)
::d. Windy (mountains or plains)
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::e. Water (ocean or lake)
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::e. Water (ocean, lake, or river)
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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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:5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful
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:6. Show that you can start fires using three methods other than matches.
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:6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light tree fires.
:7. Do the following:
:7. Do the following:
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::a. Tell five different ways of attracting attention when lost.
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::a. Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
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::b. Show how to use a signal mirror.
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::b. Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
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::c. Describe from memory five international ground-to- air signals and tell what they mean.
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::c. Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
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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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: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.
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:9. Spend a night in your shelter.
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:9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears.
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:10. Explain how to protect yourself against insects, reptiles, and bears.
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:10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
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:11. Show three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
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: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.
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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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:12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.
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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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''Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
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''Source: 2008 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
== Notes ==
== Notes ==

Revision as of 16:04, February 14, 2008

Wilderness Survival merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1974
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2007 (not effective until 2008)
Latest pamphlet revision: 2001/2007

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Merit badge requirements

1. 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 tree 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.

Source: 2008 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)

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