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*[http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Falls/9200/backpacking_and_hiking.html Backpacking and Hiking TrailHead]
*[http://www.peaktopeak.net/ Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links]
*[http://www.peaktopeak.net/ Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html Backcountry Health Topics]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backcountry+health+topics.html Health Risks: Sun, Bugs, Plants]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpack.html Backpacks]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+beginners.html Backpacking for Beginners]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+checklist.html Backpacking]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+firstaid+checklist.html Backpacking First Aid]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+kitchen+supplies+checklist.html Backpacking Kitchen Supplies]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+repair+kit+checklist.html Backpacking: Repair Kit]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+socks.html Socks]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+stove.html Stoves]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html Tents: Backpacking]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+ultralight+checklist.html Backpacking: Ultralight]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+adjusting+fit.html Backpacks: Adjust the Fit]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+torso+hip+size.html Backpacking: Find Torso/Hip Size]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/before+leave+home.html Before You Leave Home]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/binoculars.html Binoculars]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/bivy+sack.html Bivy Sacks]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/breaking+in+hiking+boots.html Breaking in New Hiking Boots]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/campfire+basics.html Campfire Basics]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/camping+contentment.html Camping Contentment]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/campsite+selection.html Campsite Selection]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+hiking+boots.html Hiking Boot Care]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+sleeping+bag.html Sleeping Bags]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+tent.html Tent Care]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/cleaning+water+bottles.html Water Bottles]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/compass.html Compasses]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/compass+declination.html Compasses: A Note About Declination]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/conditioning+backpacking.html Conditioning for Backpacking]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/daypack.html Daypacks]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/dress+layers.html Layering]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/energy+foods.html Energy Foods]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/flashlight.html Flashlights]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/food+handling+storage.html Food Handling/Storage]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/food+organization.html Food Organizing Tips]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gaiters.html Gaiters]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/geocaching+one+man+story.html Geocaching: One Man<nowiki>'</nowiki>s Story]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+geocaching.html Geocaching]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+glossary.html GPS Glossary]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+initialization+process.html GPS Initialization Process]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+receiver.html GPS Receivers]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/gps+receiver+howto.html GPS: How to Use]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/headlamp.html Headlamps]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hiking+footwear.html Hiking Boots]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hoist+loaded+backpack.html Backpacks: How to Hoist]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydrate.html Hydration]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydration+system.html Hydration Pack]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hygiene+sanitation.html Hygiene and Sanitation in the Backcountry]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/insect+repellent.html Insect Repellent]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lost.html If You Become Lost]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/minimum+impact+travel.html Minimum-Impact Travel]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/navigation+basics.html Navigation Basics: Map and Compass]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/pack+backpack.html Backpacks: How to Pack]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/personal+locator+beacons.html Personal Locator Beacons]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/planning+menu.html Menu Planning]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/rainwear.html Rainwear]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/restoring+repellency+outerwear.html Water Repellency]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+cookware.html Cookware]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+map.html Maps]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/right+sleeping+pad.html Sleeping Pads]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/settingup+camp.html Setting up Camp]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag.html Sleeping Bags]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sleeping+bag+backpacking.html Sleeping Bags for Backpacking]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/staying+course.html Staying on Course]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sun+protection.html Sun-Protection Clothing]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sunscreen.html Sunscreen]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/temperature+extremes.html Temperature Extremes]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html The Ten Essentials]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trailhead+security.html Trailhead Security]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/trekking+poles+hiking+staffs.html Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+risks.html Water: What Are the Risks?]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/water+treatment+backcountry.html Water Treatment: Backcountry]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/weather+basics.html Weather Basics]

Revision as of 16:24, April 23, 2009

Backpacking Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
video links, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Code, Wilderness Use, and references to Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Backpacking is a rare Merit Badge!
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This article is about the Boy Scout Backpacking Merit Badge.
Venturers may complete the Backpacking elective for the Ranger Award
The Backpacking requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.
Backpacking requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #11b.

Backpacking merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1982
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 026
Requirements revision: 2008
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents



Backpacking requirements

  1. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for the health concerns that could occur while backpacking, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, and blisters.
  2. Do the following:
    a. List 10 items that are essential to be carried on any backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.
    b. Describe 10 ways you can limit the weight and bulk to be carried in your pack without jeopardizing your health or safety.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Define limits on the number of backpackers appropriate for a trek crew.
    b. Describe how a trek crew should be organized.
    c. Tell how you would minimize risk on a backpacking trek.
  4. Do the following:
    a. Describe the importance of using Leave No Trace principles while backpacking, and at least five ways you can lessen the crew’s impact on the environment.
    b. Describe proper methods of handling human and other wastes while on a backpacking trek. Describe the importance of and means to assure personal cleanliness while on a backpacking trek.
    c. Tell what factors are important in choosing a campsite.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate two ways to treat water and tell why water treatment is essential.
    b. Explain to your counselor the importance of staying well hydrated during a trek.
  6. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate that you can read topographic maps.
    b. While on a trek, use a map and compass to establish your position on the ground at least three times at three different places, OR use a GPS receiver to establish your position on a topographic map and on the ground at least three times at three different places.
    c. Explain how to stay found, and what to do if you get lost.
  7. Tell how to prepare properly for and deal with inclement weather.
  8. Do the following:
    a. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of three different types of backpacking stoves using at least three different types of fuel.
    b. Demonstrate that you know how to operate a backpacking stove safely and to handle liquid fuel safely.
    c. Prepare at least three meals using a stove and fuel you can carry in a backpack.
    d. Demonstrate that you know how to keep cooking and eating gear clean and sanitary and that you practice proper methods for food storage while on a backpacking trek.
  9. Do the following:
    a. Write a plan for a patrol backpacking hike that includes a time control plan.
    b. Show that you know how to properly pack your personal gear and your share of the crew’s gear and food.
    c. Show you can properly shoulder your pack and adjust it for proper wear.
    d. Conduct a prehike inspection of the patrol and its equipment.
    e. While carrying your pack, complete a hike of at least 2 miles.
  10. Using Leave No Trace principles, participate in at least three backpacking treks of at least three days each and at least 15 miles each, and using at least two different campsites on each trek. Carry everything you will need throughout the trek.
  11. Do the following:
    a. Write a plan for a backpacking trek of at least five days using at least three different campsites and covering at least 30 miles. Your plan must include a description of and route to the trek area, a schedule (including a daily schedule), a list of food and equipment needs, a safety and emergency plan, and a budget.
    b. Using Leave No Trace principles, take the trek planned and, while on the trek, complete at least one service project approved by your merit badge counselor.
    c. Keep a daily journal during the trek that includes a day-by-day description of you activities, including notes about what worked well and thoughts about improvements that could be made for the next trek.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Backpacking is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Backpacking requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. The Backpacking Merit Badge requirements were updated in 2008.

Requirement resources

1: First Aid: Hypothermia - Heat Reactions - Frostbite - Dehydration - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Snakebite - Blisters

2-5 Camping Basics

5-11 Backpacking Basics Template:Backpacking Links 8a. Wings' The Home-made Stove Archives

PCTHiker.com: Scott's Pepsi-G Stove — Wow! Information on building your own hi-efficiency stove out of pepsi cans.

Related awards

Outdoor Skills Awards
Outdoor-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

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