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dehydration. List assignments for each member. help prevent. altitude sickness. blisters. Help a Scout patrol or a Webelos Scout unit in your area prepare for an actual campout. including creating the duty roster. Write a personal and group plan for implementing these principles on your next outing. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while camping. frostbite. Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. tick bites. mitigate. c. insect stings. and hyperventilation. 6    CAMPING . b. b. equipment needs. Tell how you can prepare should the weather turn bad during your campouts. If no GPS receiver unit is available. Requirements 1. and setting up camp. and respond to these hazards. general planning. Do the following: a. 4. heat reactions. Do the following: a. including hypothermia. Discuss with your counselor why it is important to be aware of weather conditions before and during your camping activities. 3. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and the Outdoor Code and explain what they mean. Make a written plan for an overnight trek and show how to get to your camping spot using a topographical map and compass OR a topographical map and a GPS receiver. explain how to use one to get to your camping spot. menu planning. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in camping activities and what you should do to anticipate. snakebite. 2.

List the outdoor essentials necessary for any campout. when and where they could be used. CAMPING    7 . d. Describe the features of four types of tents. bedding). pitch a tent.and external-frame packs. Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight campouts in both warm and cold weather. footwear. Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and how the right footwear is important for protecting your feet.5. Discuss the importance of camp sanitation and tell why water treatment is essential. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. c. Tell the difference between internal. 6. Do the following: a. e. Do the following: a. Working with another Scout. b. d. Then demonstrate two ways to treat water. Describe the factors to be considered in deciding where to pitch your tent. Explain the term “layering. c. Explain the proper care and storage of camping equipment (clothing. Present yourself to your Scoutmaster with your pack for inspection. Be correctly clothed and equipped for an overnight campout.” b. and explain why each item is needed. and how to care for tents.

Give recipes and make a food list for your patrol. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. three lunches. Discuss how to protect your food against bad weather. 8. Pack your own gear and your share of the patrol equip- ment and food for proper carrying. Explain how the menu would differ from a menu for a backpacking or float trip. 8    CAMPING . Explain the safety procedures for (1) Using a propane or butane/propane stove (2) Using a liquid fuel stove (3) Proper storage of extra fuel b. bal- ance. Prepare a camp menu. one lunch. Plan two breakfasts. animals. and one dinner for your patrol from the meals you have planned for requirement 8c. Discuss the types of sleeping bags and what kind would be suitable for different conditions. d. you need not pitch your own tent. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of lightweight cooking stoves. and contamination. size. b. weight. Show experience in camping by doing the following: a. and neatness. 7. Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed. Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events. At least one of those meals must be a trail meal requiring the use of a lightweight stove. Make a comfortable ground bed. Cook at least one breakfast. 9. One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched. Show that your pack is right for quickly getting what is needed first. Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following: a. e. Do the following: a. c. and that it has been assembled properly for comfort. and two suppers. Explain the proper care of your sleeping bag and how to keep it dry.

you must do TWO of the following. conservation. (6) Rappel down a rappel route of 30 feet or more. and good citizenship. c. snowshoe. (3) Take a bike trip of at least 15 miles or at least four hours. (4) Take a nonmotorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5 miles. survival. (5) Plan and carry out an overnight snow camping experience. you are at least 1. On any of these camping experiences.000 feet higher in elevation from where you started. (2) Backpack. at some point. b. only with proper preparation and under qualified supervision. public health. Perform a conservation project approved by the landowner or land managing agency. 10. In your discussion. (1) Hike up a mountain where. Discuss how the things you did to earn this badge have taught you about personal health and safety. or cross-country ski for at least 4 miles. tell how Scout spirit and the Scout Oath and Scout Law apply to camping and outdoor ethics. CAMPING    9 . This can be done alone or with others.

Fieldbook. Jacobson.Camping Resources.scoutstuff. Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Books Backpacking. Kayaking. Camping Resources Scouting Literature Forgey M. Handbook. Books. 2005. Bruce. John. 2008. Robert C. Cycling. Countryman Press. Camp Out! The Fireside. William W. Soft Paths: How to Enjoy the Whitewater. http://www. FalconGuides. 2008. Brunelle. Basic Essentials Series. Orienteering. The National Outdoor Maintenance Manual. Canoeing. Bird Study. 3rd ed. Service Camping Guide.D. and Wilderness Survival Wilderness Without Harming It. Common Sense & Cooking. William C. Stephen. 1999. Camping. Basic Illustrated Map and Compass. Basic Illustrated Essentials Wilderness First Aid. 62    CAMPING . Graham. The Winter Camping Passport to High Adventure. John. Stackpole Books. Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping. Don’t Get Sick. Self-Confidence. Leave No Trace. Belay On. Technique. Rowing. Falcon. merit badge pamphlets 3rd ed. 2007. Lightly on the Land: Books.. 2nd ed. Geocaching. Sustainability. Gorman. 4th ed. Workman Herow. FalconGuides. Snow Sports. see Recreation. Hart. 1997. Fishing. Small-Boat Hampton. Outdoor Leadership: Backpacking. 2007. 5th ed. Harmon. Hiking. Ultimate Kids’ Guide. Conservation Handbook. 2016. Nature. Leave No Trace: For more information about or to Minimum Impact Outdoor order Scouting-related resources. FalconGuides. Conners.org (with your parent’s permission). 2012. 1997. First Aid. Cliff. 2003. Mark. Christine. Mountaineers Fly-Fishing. The SCA Trail Building and Harvey. Leadership School’s Wilderness Mountaineers Books. Mammal Study. Sierra Club Birkby. The Scout’s Outdoor Roundabout Publications. Basic Boy Scout Handbook. Cookbook. Guide: The Classic Handbook. Will. Lynn. National Park Publishing Company. Sailing. and David Cole. 2006.

Islamorada. Mountaineers Florida National High Adventure Books.us CAMPING    63 . state parks. MN 55731 Leadership School) Cookery. National Park Service Stone Road Press. The Back-Country U. NW Campgrounds Built and Operated by Washington. DC 20240-0001 the U. NM 87714 Viehman.fws. 1997.gov Organizations and Websites USDA Forest Service Your local library. Website: Rodale Press.Camping Resources Marrone. 17 Deer Run Road FalconGuides. Your Guide to Website: http://www. Telephone: 305-664-4173 Oswald. Website: http://www. Annette.org the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks.nps. NOLS (National Outdoor Ely. DC 20250-1111 serve as good resources for camping Toll-free telephone: 800-832-1355 in your area.fed.S. Room 5665 Northern Trails Press. Fish and Wildlife Service of Engineers: The Complete Guide to 1849 C St. 6th ed. Bureau of Land Management Kitchen: Camp Cooking for Office of Public Affairs Canoeists. Michael Joseph. Outward Bound Philmont Scout Ranch Backpacker’s Handbook. 2004. editor.ntier. FL 33036 Gibbs-Smith. P. editor.blm.O. http://www. 2nd ed.gov Pearson. Washington. Box 509 ———. Sea Base National Museum of Forest Service P. Glenn. . John.fs. Teresa.bsaseabase.org Wright.org Randall. 2012. 2012. SW state conservation lands may also Washington. Micah. Army Corps of Engineers. 2003. Stackpole Books. Website: http://www.. 2012.O. Box 1906 History.S.philmontscoutranch. 2013. and 1400 Independence Ave. DC 20240 McGivney. 2008. 1993. Website: http://www. Cimarron.gov Etiquette. Cottage Publications. Trailside’s Hints Telephone: 575-376-2281 and Tips for Outdoor Adventure. Website: http://www. Hikers and Anglers. Camping With the Corps U. 1849 C St. NOLS Backcountry Northern Tier National High Cooking: Creative Menu Planning for Adventure Base Short Trips. Claudia. Telephone: 218-365-4811 Stackpole Books. Camp Cooking: 100 Years. 3rd ed. 8th Toll-free telephone: 800-344-9453 ed. Leave No Trace: Telephone: 202-208-3801 A Guide to the New Wilderness Website: http://www.S.