Backpacking Skills

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MeritBadge.Org offers resource and video links for First Aid, Swimming,
Outdoor Skills, Backpacking, Cooking, Navigation, Cycling, and Wilderness Survival Skills.
Troop Program Features let you make Backpacking Skills a part of your troop program.

Contents

Backpacks
Preparation
Packing
Reducing Weight
Stoves
Food
Shouldering a Pack 
Backpacking Gear
Safety


Resources

While the Boy Scout Handbook and Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet are your primary resources, the links below can help you learn Backpacking Skills. See the Disclaimers.

  This symbol notes many other lesson videos.


Backpacks

Shortcut:
Backpacks

  Videos: Internal vs. External Frame - Buying a Backpack - Long Trip Backpacks - Selecting a Backpack - Selecting a Pack Cover - Picking a Backpack - External Frame - Internal Frame - Picking a Backpack


Backpacking Preparation

Shortcut:
Backpacking Preparation

  Videos: Backpacking - Planning - REI: Kitchen Checklist - REI: Backpacking for Beginners - How to Condition for a Backpacking Trip


Packing a Backpack

Shortcut:
Packing a Backpack

  Videos: How to Pack for One Night - Packing


Reducing Weight

Shortcut:
Reducing Weight


Backpacking Stoves

Shortcut:
Backpacking Stoves

  Videos: Backpacking Stove Options - Cooking Gear - REI: Stoves


Backpacking Food

Shortcut:
Backpacking Food

  Videos: Backpacking Food - Food to Pack on your Short or Long Hiking Trip


Shouldering a Pack

Shortcut:
Shouldering a Pack

  Videos: How to Wear a Backpack - Wearing a Backpack - Adjusting a Heavy Backpack on Shoulders - Adjusting Backpack Hip Belts - Adjusting Backpack Shoulder Straps - How to Put on a Heavy Backpack


Backpacking Gear

Shortcut:
Backpacking Gear
Also see Tent Types and Footwear.

  Video: Video: Backpacking Gear - Clothing - Food - REI: Tents - Camp Shoes - Boots - Jackets - Pants - Shirts - Sleepwear - Synthetics - Underwear -


Safety

See Outdoor Safety

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. Backpacking 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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