BSA Supply No. 35966
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.
- 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.
- From memory, list the seven the priorities for survival in a backcountry or
wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
- Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain
why this is important.
- Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
- Cold and snowy
- Wet (forest)
- Hot and dry (desert)
- Windy (mountains or plains)
- Water (ocean, lake, or river)
- Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could
- Using three differen methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
- Do the following:
- Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
- Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
- Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
- 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.
- Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears.
- Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
- Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely
hot weather and in extremely cold weather.
- Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness
Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook; Backpacking, Camping, Canoeing, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Lifesaving, Orienteering, Safety, and Weather merit badge pamphlets
- Angier, Bradford. How to Stay Alive in the Woods. Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2001.
- Forgey, William W. Basic Essentials: Wilderness First Aid, 3rd ed. Falcon Guides, 2006.
- Gill, Paul G. Wilderness First Aid. Ragged Mountain Press, 2001.
- Harvey, Mark. National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide: The Classic Handbook. Fireside, 1999.
- Isaac, Jeffrey. The Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook. The Lyons Press, 1998.
- Keller, William. Keller's Outdoor Survival Guide: How to Prevail When Lost, Stranded, or Injured in the Wilderness. Willow Creek Press, 2001.
- Randall, Glenn. Outward Bound Map and Compass Handbook. The Lyons Press, 1998.
- Stillwell, Alexander. The Encyclopedia of Survival Techniques. The Lyons Press, 2000.
- Storm, Rory. The Extreme Survival Guide. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
- Tawrell, Paul. Camping and Wilderness Survival. Falcon Distribution, 1996.
- More Wilderness 911. DVD. Wellspring Media, 1998.
- Survival Basics, Vol. 1, and Survival Basics, Vol. 2. DVD. Tapeworm, 2000.
- The Unexplained—Wilderness Survival. DVD. A&E Home Video, 2001.
Organizations and Web Sites
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
P.O. Box 1000
Ferrum, VA 24088
Web site: http://www.aore.org
Web site: http://www.backpacker.com
Equipped to Survive
Web site: http://www.equipped.org
Guide to Safe Scouting on Scouting.org
Web site: http://old.scouting.org/pubs/gss
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
284 Lincoln St.
Lander, WY 82520-2848
Toll-free telephone: 800-710-6657
Web site: http://www.nols.edu
Web site: http://www.outdoors- magazine.com/s_links.php
Web site: http://outside.away.com
Web site: http://www.trackertrail.com/survival
Wilderness Education Association
900 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Web site: http://www.wilderness-survival.net