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[[Outdoor Skills]] are important parts of the [[Cub Scout]], [[Webelos]], and [[Boy Scout]] programs:
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* [[Cub Scouts]] can camp with their [[Pack]] or at [[Cub Scout Resident Camp]].
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<center><big>[[Troop Program Features]] let you make {{PAGENAME}} a part of your troop program.<br>These are also the resources for [[Outdoorsman|Webelos Outdoorsman]]. </big></center><br>
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* [[Webelos]] earn their [[Outdoorsman]] care for their bikes as a part of the [[Handyman|Webelos Handyman Activity Badge]].
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* [[Boy Scouts]] earn their [[Camping]], [[Hiking]], [[Backpacking]], and [[Wilderness Survival]] Merit Badges.
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[[Outdoor skills]] are important parts of the [[Cub Scout]], [[Webelos]], and [[Scouts BSA]] programs:
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* [[Cub Scouts]] can camp with their [[Pack]] or at [[Cub Scout Resident Camp]].
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* [[Webelos]] earn their [[Outdoorsman|Webelos Outdoorsman Activity Badge]].
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* [[Scouts BSA Portal|Scouts]] earn their [[Camping]], [[Hiking]], [[Backpacking]], and [[Wilderness Survival]] Merit Badges.
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==Resources==
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While the ''[[Scouts BSA Handbook]]'' and the <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Camping+merit+badge+pamphlet+641580 Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet] ([https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Camping+merit+badge+pamphlet+619133 Spanish]</span>) are primary resources, the links below can help you learn {{PAGENAME}}. See the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Disclaimers|Disclaimers]].
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*[[Troop Program Features|Make these a part of your Troop Program]].
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*'''See''': [[Camping]], [[Backpacking]], [[Hiking]], and [[Wilderness Survival]] Merit Badges.
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{{Scout Skills See Also}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; '''BSA Videos''': The [http://www.scouting.org/applications/rankvideo.aspx BSA Video: Skills Lessons] are excellent but are large files that require [http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ Apple QuickTime].<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; This symbol notes many other lesson videos.
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==Basics==
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==Outdoor Basics==
{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Basics]]}}
{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Basics]]}}
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/results.aspx?q=camping Video: Camping Lesson Videos]: [http://www.scouting.org/applications/rankvideo.aspx BSA Skill Lesson Videos] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html REI: Backcountry Health Topics] -
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://old.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/tenderfoot/TF1.m4v BSA Video: Overnight camping gear] ''([[{{PAGENAME}}#Resources|See notes.]])''<br>
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/before+leave+home.html REI: Before You Leave Home]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/results.aspx?q=camping Video: Camping Lesson Videos]<br>
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html REI: Health Risks: Sun, Bugs, Plants]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html REI: Health Topics] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/before+leave+home.html REI: Before You Leave Home]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hygiene+sanitation.html REI: Hygiene and Sanitation in the Backcountry]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trailhead+security.html REI: Trailhead Security]
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====Sun Protection====
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{{Shortcut|[[Sun Protection]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124185_backpacking-health-sunscreen.htm Video: Sunscreen] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18059_camping-pack-sun-bug-protection.htm Video: Learn What Sun & Bug Protection Gear to Pack When Camping]<br>
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sunscreen.html REI: Sun] {{•}} [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sunglasses.html REI: Sunglasses] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sun+protection.html REI: Sun-Protection Clothing] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html REI: Sun, Bugs, Plants]
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==Backpacking==
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====Insect Protection====
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'''See''': [[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit Badge]] and [[Philmont Scout Ranch]].
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{{Shortcut|[[Insect Protection]]}}
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/172_backpacking-video.htm Video: Backpacking] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+kitchen+supplies+checklist.html REI: Backpacking Kitchen Supplies Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+beginners.html REI: Backpacking for Beginners] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+ultralight+checklist.html REI: Backpacking: Ultralight Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+repair+kit+checklist.html REI: Backpacking: Repair Kit Checklist]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124186_backpacking-health-insect-repellent.htm Video: Insect Repellent]
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====Backpacks====
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/insect+repellent.html REI: Insect Repellent]
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1896_backpacking-frame-pack.htm Video: Internal vs. External Frame] - [http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwrec/touch/camping/ext-vs-int.html Internal Frame vs External Frame] - [http://www.helium.com/items/271210-the-difference-between-internal-frame-and-external-frame-backpacks Internal vs.External Frames] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpack.html REI: Backpacks] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/pack+backpack.html REI: Backpacks: How to Pack] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/conditioning+backpacking.html REI: Conditioning for Backpacking]
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*Videos: [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+adjusting+fit.html REI: Backpacks: Adjust the Fit] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+torso+hip+size.html REI: Backpacking: Find Torso/Hip Size] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hoist+loaded+backpack.html REI: Backpacks: How to Hoist]
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====Backpacking Gear====
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1895_backpacking-gear.htm Video: Gear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1902_backpacking-clothing.htm Video: Clothing] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1901_backpacking-food-prep.htm Video: Food] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15365_camping-packing-socks.htm Video: Socks] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Backpacking Tents]
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====Hygiene====
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{{Shortcut|[[Hygiene]]}}
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hygiene+sanitation.html REI: Hygiene and Sanitation]
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==Cooking==
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====Outdoor Safety====
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{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Cooking]]}}
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{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Safety]]}}
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'''See''': [[Cooking|Cooking Merit badge]] and [[TPF-Cooking|Make Cooking A Part of Your Troop Program]].
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* '''Guide to Safe Scouting''': {{•}}[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss03.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Camping] {{•}}[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss10.aspx Unit Camping] {{•}}[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss03.aspx Wilderness Camping] {{•}}[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss03.aspx Beware of Lightning] {{•}}[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss03.aspx Trail Safety]
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====Meal Planning====
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://old.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/tenderfoot/TF5.m4v BSA Video: Safe Hiking] ''([[{{PAGENAME}}#Resources|See notes.]])''<br>
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*[http://usscouts.org/usscouts/cooking.asp USScouts.Org] - [http://www.macscouter.com/Cooking/ MacScouter] - [http://www.scoutorama.com/recipe/index.cfm Scoutorama] - [http://www.mypyramid.gov/ Food Pyramid] - [http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/mypyramidclassroom.html USDA Nutrition] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/planning+menu.html REI: Planning a Menu] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/energy+foods.html REI: Energy Foods] - [http://www.aafcs.org AAFCS]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/131586_how-use-buddy-system-when.htm Video: Buddy System] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18238_hiking-location-permits.htm Video: Hiking Regulations & Permits] {{•}}
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* [[Buddy System]] {{•}}[http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage263.pdf Amer. Hiking Soc: Hiking Safety] {{•}} [http://www.ehow.com/video_2358746_prepare-potential-hiking-dangers.html Hiking Dangers] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trailhead+security.html REI: Security]
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* [http://www.recipesource.com/ RecipeSource.com] - [http://www.camprecipes.com/ CampRecipes.com] - [http://www.scouter.com/compass/Scout_Skills/Cooking/ Scouter.net] - [http://www.scribd.com/doc/124759/Boy-Scouts-FoilCooking-Cookbook Foil-Cooking] - [http://www.usscouts.org/macscouter/cubscouts/powwow00/Cooking.pdf Cub Scout Cookbook] - [http://www.netwoods.com/d-cooking.html NetWoods.com] - [http://www.cjnetworks.com/~kwood/scouting/menus/cooking.html Scout Cooking] - [http://gorp.away.com/gorp/food/recipes.htm The Trailside Cookbook] - [http://www.coon-n-crockett.org/cookbook.htm Buckskinner Cookbook] - [http://www.nay.org/cooking.htm Ol' Buffalo Outdoor Cooking Page] - [http://www.foodtv.com Food Network] - [http://www.meals.com Meals.com] - [http://www.recipelink.com The Recipe Link] - [http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking Exploratorium] - [http://www.foodsubs.com The Cook's Thesaurus] - [http://recipes.eserver.org/ The Recipes Folder] - [http://www.my-recipe.com/ MyRecipe.com]
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[http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Food_Safety_While_Hiking_Camping_&_Boating/index.asp USDA Camping Food Safety] - [http://www.fightbac.org/content/view/11/18/ Fight Bacteria] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/food+handling+storage.html REI: Food Handling/Storage] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/food+organization.html REI: Food Organizing Tips] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/bear+resistant+canisters.html REI: Bear Canisters]
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/search.htm?s=camping+cooking Outdoor Cooking Videos]: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18284_hiking-gear-food.htm Food Selection] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124340_camp-food-quantity.htm Food Quality] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/125937_starting-stoves-when-backpacking.htm Stoves] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124339_camp-cooking-utensils.htm Utensils] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15355_camping-packing-purified.htm Water Purification] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/1964_low-impact-hiking.htm Leave No Trace]
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+cookware.html REI: Cookware] - [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=cooking BSA Cooking Gear] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+stove.html REI: Stoves] - [http://www.sbcfire.com/fp/safety/campstoves.html Stove Safety]
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*[http://www.idos.com/ International Dutch Oven Society] - [http://www.usscouts.org/cooking/cook_05.html USScouts.Org] - [http://www.usscouts.org/macscouter/Cooking/DutchOven.asp MacScouter] - [http://www.dutchovencookware.com/dutch-oven-recipes.html dutchovencookware.com]
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==Backpacking skills==
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:''See'' '''''[[Backpacking skills]]''''' ''for [[Backpacks]], [[Packing a Backpack|Packing]], [[Reducing Weight]], [[Backpacking Stoves|Stoves]], [[Backpacking Gear|Gear]], and more.
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==Fires==
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:''See'' '''''[[Campfire Building]]''''' ''for [[Ax and Saw Skills]], [[Campfire Setup]], [[Campfire Types|Types]], [[Campfire Starting|Starting]], [[Campfire Safety|Safety]], and more.
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/31518_hiking-survival-build-fire.htm Build a Fire] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14519_build-fire-wood-names.htm Video: Kindling] -[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14518_build-fire-wood-where.htm Video: Wood] - [http://www.howtocampingtips.com/breaking-camp/campfire-building-tips.php Campfire building] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/campfire+basics.html REI: Campfire Basics] -
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14529_build-fire-logcabin-fire.htm Video: Log Cabin] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14530_build-fire-teepee-fire.htm Video: Tee Pee] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130477_wilderness-survival-skills-building-speed.htm Video: Building a Speed Fire]
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/989_campfire-safety.htm Video: Safety] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/5388_campfire-do-not-dispose.htm Video: Dangers]
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==Campsite==
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{{Shortcut|[[Campsite]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1900_backpacking-campsite.htm Video: Campsites] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18056_camping-pack-considerations.htm Video: Finding Practical Campsites] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18234_multiday-hiking-choose-campsite.htm Video: How to Choose a Campsite] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/131594_how-choose-location-camping.htm Video: How to Choose a Location] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18869_nature-hiking-campsite-hazards.htm Video: Campsite Hazards]<br>
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/campsite+selection.html REI: Campsite Selection] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/settingup+camp.html REI: Setting up Camp]
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==Camps==
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*[http://usscouts.org/databases/camp/ocd.cgi USSCouts.Org Boy Scout Camps database with reviews]
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*Find BSA Council Camps: [http://www.scouting.org/media/lcl.aspx BSA: Find Councils] {{•}}
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*[http://www.scouting.org/councils/all.aspx BSA: Council websites] {{•}}[http://www.angelfire.com/wy/gilwell/links.html Unofficial list of Council websites] {{•}}
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*[http://www.scoutcampsusa.com/ Scout Camps USA Printed Book] [http://www.scoutcampsusa.com/frame_reviewstrack.html Online]
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1900_backpacking-campsite.htm Video: Campsites] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/campsite+selection.html REI: Campsite Selection] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/settingup+camp.html REI: Setting up Camp]
 
*[http://usscouts.org/databases/camp/ocd.cgi Camps Database]
*[http://usscouts.org/databases/camp/ocd.cgi Camps Database]
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==Clothing==
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:''See'' '''''[[Cooking Skills]]''''' ''for [[Footwear]], [[Socks]], [[Layering]], [[Cold Weather]], [[Warm Weather]], and more.
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/breaking+in+hiking+boots.html REI: Breaking in New Hiking Boots] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hiking+footwear.html REI: Hiking Boots]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+hiking+boots.html REI: Hiking Boots Care & Repair]
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15360_camping-packing-underlayers.htm Video: Layering] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/dress+layers.html REI: Layering] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/temperature+extremes.html REI: Temperature Extremes]
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:''See'' '''''[[Cooking Skills]]''''' ''for [[Meal Planning]], [[Recipes]], [[Food Handling]], [[Dutch Oven Cooking]], and more.
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[http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage693.pdf Amer. Hiking Soc: Cold] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/wool+clothing.html REI: Wool Clothing]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sunglasses.html REI: Sunglasses]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/rainwear.html REI: Rainwear]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/restoring+repellency+outerwear.html REI: Water Repellency Care & Repair]
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==First Aid==
==First Aid==
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==Gear==
==Gear==
{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Gear]]}}
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15348_camping-packing-intro.htm Video: Packing] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/insect+repellent.html REI: Insect Repellent] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trekking+poles+hiking+staffs.html REI: Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/binoculars.html REI: Binoculars] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/twoway+radios.html REI: Two-Way Radios] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2187_advanced-hiking-equipment.htm Gear] -
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15348_camping-packing-intro.htm Video: Packing]
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trekking+poles+hiking+staffs.html REI: Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/binoculars.html REI: Binoculars] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/twoway+radios.html REI: Two-Way Radios]
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[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2185_advanced-hiking-warm-weather.htm Warm Weather] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15365_camping-packing-socks.htm Socks] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/31536_basic-hiking-layering.htm Layering] -
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2187_advanced-hiking-equipment.htm Video: Gear]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lightweight+hiking.html REI: Lightweight Hiking]
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====Lights====
====Lights====
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/flashlight.html REI: Flashlights] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/headlamp.html REI: Headlamps] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lantern.html REI: Lanterns] -
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{{Shortcut|[[Lights]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18060_camping-pack-lighting.htm Video: Lighting Needs]<br>
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/flashlight.html REI: Flashlights] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/headlamp.html REI: Headlamps] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lantern.html REI: Lanterns]
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====Checklists====
====Checklists====
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*[[Camping Checklist]]s - [http://www.howtocampingtips.com/camping-checklist/camping-checklist.php More Checklists] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/adventure+travel+gear+checklist.html REI: Adventure Travel Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+checklist.html REI: Backpacking Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/snow+camping+checklist.html REI: Snow Camping Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html REI: The Ten Essentials]
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{{Shortcut|[[Outdoor Checklists]]}}
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*[[Camping Checklist]]s {{•}}[http://www.howtocampingtips.com/camping-checklist/camping-checklist.php More Checklists] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/adventure+travel+gear+checklist.html REI: Adventure Travel Checklist] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+checklist.html REI: Backpacking Checklist] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/snow+camping+checklist.html REI: Snow Camping Checklist] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html REI: The Ten Essentials]
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[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2193_advanced-hiking-planning.htm Planning] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/48528_appalachian-mountains-footwear.htm Footwear] -
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*Hiking Links: '''[http://www.americanhiking.org Amer. Hiking Soc:]''' [http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage263.pdf Safety] - [http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage4a1.pdf Food] - [http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage4a7.pdf Myths] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/day+hiking+checklist.html REI: Day Hike Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/daypack.html REI: Daypacks]
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==Hiking Skills==
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{{Shortcut|[[Hiking Skills]]}}
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:'''See''' [[Hiking|Hiking Merit Badge]]. [[TPF-Hiking|Make Hiking A Part of Your Troop Program]].<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://old.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/secondclass/SC1b.m4v BSA Video: Second Class Five-Mile Hike] ''([[{{PAGENAME}}#Resources|See notes.]])''<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/results.aspx?q=hiking Hiking Videos] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2193_advanced-hiking-planning.htm Videos: Planning] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/48528_appalachian-mountains-footwear.htm Videos: Footwear] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156472_packing-day-hikes.htm Packing for Day Hikes] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18277_hiking-gear-day-pack-hike.htm How to Choose & Use a Backpack for a Day Hike] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18233_hiking-location-pace.htm Video: Keeping a Hiking Pace] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18232_hiking-location-dry.htm Video: How to Keep Your Feet Dry] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18227_hiking-location-plan.htm Video: Hike Planning] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18228_hiking-location-beginner.htm Video: Hiking for Beginners] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18230_hiking-location-advanced.htm Video: Advanced Hike Plans]<br>
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*'''[http://www.americanhiking.org Amer. Hiking Soc:]''' [http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage4a1.pdf Food] {{•}}[http://www.americanhiking.org/AHSimg/detailimage/Detailimage4a7.pdf Myths] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/day+hiking+checklist.html REI: Day Hike Checklist] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/daypack.html REI: Daypacks]
==Hydration==
==Hydration==
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydrate.html Hydration] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1905_backpacking-hydration.htm Video: Hydration] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydration+system.html REI: Hydration System]
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{{Shortcut|[[Hydration]]}}
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+bottles.html REI: Water Bottles]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydrate.html REI: Hydration] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1905_backpacking-hydration.htm Video: Hydration] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18280_hiking-gear-water.htm Video: Hiking Water Gear]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/cleaning+water+bottles.html REI: Cleaning Water Bottles]
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<br>*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydration+system.html REI: Hydration System] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+bottles.html REI: Water Bottles] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/cleaning+water+bottles.html REI: Cleaning Water Bottles] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+researcher+QA.html REI: Water] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+treatment+backcountry.html REI: Water Treatment: Backcountry] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+risks.html REI: Water Risks]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+researcher+QA.html REI: Water]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+treatment+backcountry.html REI: Water Treatment: Backcountry]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+risks.html REI: Water Risks]
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==Leave No Trace==
==Leave No Trace==
{{Leave No Trace Links}}
{{Leave No Trace Links}}
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==Navigation==
==Navigation==
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====Maps ====
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:''See'' '''''[[Navigation]]''''' ''for [[ Navigation Without a Compass]], [[Maps]], [[Compass]], [[GPS]], [[Lost]], and more.
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+map.html REI: Maps] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html#partsofamap REI Video: Map Basics] - [http://store.usgs.gov/ Free US Geological Survey Topographic Maps] - [http://www.topozone.com/ Topozone.com] - [http://maps.google.com/ Google Satellite, Street, and Terrain Maps]
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====Compass====
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/compass.html REI: Compasses] - [http://mdc.mo.gov/howto/compass/two.htm How a Compass Works] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/compass+declination.html REI: Declination] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html REI Video: Navigation Basics - Map & Compass] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html#partsofacompass REI Video: Parts of a Compass] -
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/staying+course.html REI: Staying on Course]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lost.html REI: If You Become Lost] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html#maptocompass REI Video: Map to Compass] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html#compasstomap REI Video: Compass to Map] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html#triangulation REI Video: Triangulation]
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====Geocaching====
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+geocaching.html REI: Geocaching]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/geocaching+expert+qa.html REI: Geocaching: Expert Q&A]
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====GPS====
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+glossary.html REI: GPS Glossary]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+initialization+process.html REI: GPS Initialization Process]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+receiver.html REI: GPS Receivers]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+receiver+howto.html REI Video: GPS - How to Use]
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==Outdoor Code==
==Outdoor Code==
*[[Outdoor Code]]
*[[Outdoor Code]]
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==Sleeping Bags==
==Sleeping Bags==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_bag#Design_types Types of Sleeping Bags] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15358_camping-packing-syntheticsleepingbag.htm Video: Sleeping Bags] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag.html REI: Sleeping Bags for Camping] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag+backpacking.html REI Video: Sleeping Bags for Backpacking] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+sleeping+bag.html REI: Sleeping Bags Care & Repair] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/bivy+sack.html REI: Bivy Sacks]
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{{Shortcut|[[Sleeping Bags]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15358_camping-packing-syntheticsleepingbag.htm Video: Sleeping Bags] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18063_camping-pack-choose-sleeping-bag.htm Video: Choosing a Sleeping Bag] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156471_buying-sleeping-bags.htm Video: Buying Sleeping Bags] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156465_staying-warm-sleeping-bag.htm Staying Warm in a Sleeping Bag] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129866_how-select-sleeping-bag-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Sleeping Bag] {{•}} <br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_bag#Design_types Wikipedia: Types of Sleeping Bags] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag.html REI: Sleeping Bags for Camping] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag+backpacking.html REI Video: Sleeping Bags for Backpacking] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+sleeping+bag.html REI: Sleeping Bags Care & Repair] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135881_storing-sleeping-bags.htm Storing Sleeping Bags]
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/bivy+sack.html REI: Bivy Sacks] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18064_camping-pack-bivi.htm Video: Bivi Bags]
==Sleeping Pads==
==Sleeping Pads==
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15364_camping-packing-pads.htm Video: Sleeping Pads] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+sleeping+pad.html REI: Sleeping Pads]
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{{Shortcut|[[Sleeping Pads]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; Videos: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18062_camping-pack-choose-sleeping-pad.htm Video: How to Choose a Sleeping Pad] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135882_camping-sleeping-pads.htm] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15364_camping-packing-pads.htm Sleeping Pads] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135882_camping-sleeping-pads.htm Camping Sleeping Pads] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135883_packing-inflatable-sleeping-pads.htm Packing Inflatable Sleeping Pads] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129880_how-select-ground-mat-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Ground Mat]<br>
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+sleeping+pad.html REI: Sleeping Pads] {{•}}
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==Tent Types==
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{{Shortcut|[[Tent Types]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/407_set-up-tent.htm Video: Tents] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18061_camping-pack-choose-tent.htm Video: How to Choose a Tent] {{•}} [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156474_pitch-tent.htm Video: How to Pitch a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18245_multiday-hiking-setup-tent.htm Video: How to Set Up a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135874_backpacking-tent-types.htm Backpacking Tent Types]<br>
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*Tents: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent#Current_tent_styles Types of Tents] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/family+base+camping+tent.html REI: Tents: Family/Base Camp] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Tents: Backpacking] {{•}}[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+tent.html REI: Tent Care Care & Repair]
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==Tents==
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==Tent Setup==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent#Current_tent_styles Types of Tents] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/407_set-up-tent.htm Video: Tents]
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{{Shortcut|[[Tent Setup]]}}
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/family+base+camping+tent.html REI: Tents: Family/Base Camp]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://old.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/tenderfoot/TF2.m4v BSA Video: Tenderfoot Help Pitch a Tent] {{•}}[http://old.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/secondclass/SC2b.m4v BSA Video: Second Class Pitch a Tent] ''([[{{PAGENAME}}#Resources|See notes.]])''
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Tents: Backpacking]
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* [[Campsite|Campsite Selection]]
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[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+tent.html REI: Tent Care Care & Repair]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130496_where-set-up-tent.htm Video: Where to Set Up a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130497_clearing-an-area-for-a.htm Video: Clearing an Area for a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130503_how-stake-down-tent.htm Video: How to Stake Down a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130498_laying-out-ground-tarp-tents.htm Video: Laying Out Ground Tarp for Tents] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130499_laying-out-a-tent.htm Video: Laying Out a Tent] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130500_putting-tent-poles-together.htm Video: Putting Tent Poles Together] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130502_raising-a-tent.htm Video: Raising a Tent]
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==Water Purification==
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{{Shortcut|[[Water Purification]]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124188_backpacking-health-importance-water-purification.htm Video: Importance of Water Purification] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155850_wilderness-survival-safe-drinking-water.htm Video: Safe Drinking Water] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155855_wilderness-survival-water-purification-process.htm Water Video: Purification Process] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130478_wilderness-survival-skills-finding-fresh.htm Video: Finding Fresh Water] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15355_camping-packing-purified.htm Video: Water Purification]<br>
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*Methods:[http://www.rei.com/learn/Camping/rei/learn/camp/clwatertreatf?vcat=REI_EXPERT_ADVICE_CAMPING Water Treatment]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156466_purifying-water-camping.htm Video: Purifying Water] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/124189_backpacking-health-methods-water-purification.htm Video: Methods of Water Purification] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129872_how-select-water-purification-system.htm Video: How to Select a Water Purification System] [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127167_outdoor-activity-water-treatment-options.htm Videos: Water Treatment Options]: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127169_using-filters-water-treatment.htm Filters] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127168_water-chemical-treatments.htm Chemicals] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127171_water-purification-with-uv-light.htm UV] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127172_water-treatment-bottle-filters.htm Bottle Filters] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127173_water-treatment-with-boiling-water.htm Boiling Water] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/127170_water-treatment-with-cleanable-filters.htm Cleanable Filters] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155851_wilderness-survival-water-purification-tablets.htm Water Tablets]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss03.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Treated Drinking Water]
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==Weather==
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==Weather Skills==
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/weather+basics.html REI: Weather Basics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130482_wilderness-survival-skills-adapting-weather.htm Video: Adapting to Weather]
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{{Shortcut|[[Weather Skills]]}}
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/weather+basics.html REI: Weather Basics]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130482_wilderness-survival-skills-adapting-weather.htm Video: Adapting to Weather] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18861_nature-hiking-weather.htm Video: How to Gauge the Weather] {{•}}[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/131588_how-check-weather-camping.htm Video: How to Check the Weather]
==Wilderness Survival==
==Wilderness Survival==
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/1960_hiking-survival.htm Survival Lesson Videos]: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155865_wilderness-survival-tips.htm Video: Wilderness Survival Tips] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130483_wilderness-survival-skills-assessing-surroundings.htm Video: Assessing the Surroundings] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130480_wilderness-survival-skills-identifying-plants.htm Video: Identifying Plants & Food] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130485_wilderness-survival-skills-patience-making.htm Video: Patience & Making Decisions] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130479_wilderness-survival-skills-using-personal.htm Video: Using Personal Possessions] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/1429_survive-desert.htm Video: Desert]
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:''See'' '''''[[Wilderness Survival Skills]]''''' ''for [[Survival Kit]], [[Survival Shelter]], [[Survival Signaling]], and more.
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====Survival Kit====
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/131592_how-put-together-survival-kit.htm Video: Survival Kit] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/31516_hiking-survival-kit.htm Video: Survival Kit] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129904_wilderness-survival-using-pinecones.htm Video: Using Pinecones]
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==See also==
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*[[TPF-Camping|Monthly Troop Program {{•}}Camping]].
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/31523_hiking-survival-build-shelter.htm Video: Build a Shelter] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129906_wilderness-survival-using-straw-grass.htm Video: Using Straw Grass] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130476_wilderness-survival-skills-finding-shelter.htm Video: Finding Shelter] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/7918_building-survival-lean-to-shelter.htm Video: Lean-To Shelters]
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*[http://www.scoutshop.org/camping-merit-badge-pamphlet-636058.html Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet]
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{{Scout Skills See Also}}
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* [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/31530_hiking-survival-help-signals.htm Video: Signaling]
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====Water Purification====
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== Related awards ==
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*[http://www.expertvillage.com/video/15355_camping-packing-purified.htm Video: Water Purification] - *[http://www.rei.com/learn/Camping/rei/learn/camp/clwatertreatf?vcat=REI_EXPERT_ADVICE_CAMPING Water Treatment] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155850_wilderness-survival-safe-drinking-water.htm Video: Safe Drinking Water] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155855_wilderness-survival-water-purification-process.htm Water Video: Purification Process] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/155851_wilderness-survival-water-purification-tablets.htm Water Video: Purification Tablets] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/130478_wilderness-survival-skills-finding-fresh.htm Video: Finding Fresh Water]
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;Outdoor skills Awards
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{{Outdoor Awards Links}}
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==Disclaimers==
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'''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]]. {{PAGENAME}} recommendations are constantly being revised. Neither MeritBadge.Org, nor its contributors make any recommendations. See the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]].
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* MeritBadge.Org [[Disclaimer]]
[[Category:Skills]]
[[Category:Skills]]

Current revision

Contents

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

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

See Campfire Building 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

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

Leave No Trace-related links

Navigation

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

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

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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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