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'''See''': [[Backpacking|Backpacking Merit Badge]] and [[Philmont Scout Ranch]]. [[TPF-Backpacking|Make Backpacking A Part of Your Troop Program]].
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1896_backpacking-frame-pack.htm Video: Internal vs. External Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156468_picking-backpack.htm Video: Buying a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18278_hiking-gear-choose-backpack-long-trip.htm Long Trip Backpacks] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129867_how-select-backpack-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129881_how-select-pack-cover-camping.htm Video: Selecting a Pack Cover] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Hiking Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135864_external-backpack-frame.htm External Backpack Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135865_internal-backpack-frame.htm Internal Backpack Frame] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135866_picking-a-hiking-backpack.htm Picking a Hiking Backpack]<br>
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*[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]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/172_backpacking-video.htm Video: Backpacking] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18174_multiday-hiking-plan.htm Video: Planning] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+kitchen+supplies+checklist.html REI: Kitchen Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+beginners.html REI: Backpacking for Beginners] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18874_nature-hiking-conditioning-backpacking.htm How to Condition for a Backpacking Trip]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18243_multiday-hiking-packing.htm Video: How to Pack for One Night] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156464_packing-backpack.htm Video: Packing]<br>
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*See [[Backpacking Stoves]], [[Backpacking Food]], and [[Backpacking Gear]] for details about reducing weightin each of those areas.
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*[http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+ultralight+checklist.html REI: Ultralight Checklist] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/lightweight+hiking.html REI: Lightweight Hiking]
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/125933_backpacking-stove-options.htm Video: Backpacking Stove Options] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18283_hiking-gear-cooking.htm Video: Cooking Gear] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+stove.html REI: Stoves]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156473_food-backpacking-trips.htm Video: Backpacking Food] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18284_hiking-gear-food.htm Video: Food to Pack on your Short or Long Hiking Trip]<br>
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; Videos: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/156467_wear-backpack.htm How to Wear a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/129884_how-wear-backpack-camping.htm Wearing a Backpack] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135870_adjusting-heavy-backpack-shoulders.htm Adjusting a Heavy Backpack on Shoulders] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135868_adjusting-backpack-hip-belts.htm Adjusting Backpack Hip Belts] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135867_adjusting-backpack-shoulder-straps.htm Adjusting Backpack Shoulder Straps] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/135869_how-put-heavy-backpack.htm How to Put on a Heavy Backpack]
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*REI Videos: [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+adjusting+fit.html Backpacks: Adjust the Fit] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+torso+hip+size.html Backpacking: Find Torso/Hip Size] - [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hoist+loaded+backpack.html Backpacks: How to Hoist] -
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:''Also see [[Tents]] and Footwear]].
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1895_backpacking-gear.htm Video: Backpackign 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.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacking+tent.html REI: Tents] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123778_backpacking-camp-shoes.htm Video: Camp Shoes] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123776_backpacking-hiking-boots.htm Video: Boots] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123783_backpacking-jackets.htm Video: Jackets] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123781_backpacking-pants.htm Video: Pants] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123780_backpacking-shirts.htm Video: Shirts] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123785_backpacking-sleepwear.htm Video: Sleepwear] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123779_backpacking-synthetic-clothing.htm Video: Synthetics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/123784_backpacking-underwear.htm Video: Underwear] - <br>
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Revision as of 19:39, June 1, 2009

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 Outdoor Skills a part of your troop program.
These are also the resources for Webelos Outdoorsman.


Contents
Basics
 Sun Protection
 Insect Protection
 Hygiene
 Safety
Backpacking
Camps
Campfires
 Knife Skills
 Ax and Saw Skills
 Building
 Types
 Starting
 Safety
Campsite
Clothing
 Footwear
 Socks
 Layering
 Cold Weather
 Warm Weather 
 Wet Weather 
Cooking Skills
First Aid
Gear
 Lights
 Checklists
Hiking Skills
Hydration
Leave No Trace
Navigation
 Without a Compass
 Map and Compass
 GPS
 Geocaching
 Orienteering Skills
Outdoor Code
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Tent Types
Tent Setup
Water Purification
Weather Skills
Wilderness Survival
 Survival Kit
 Survival Shelter
 Survival Signaling

Outdoor Skills are important parts of the Cub Scout, Webelos, and Boy Scout programs:

Also see:


Resources

While your handbook is your primary resource, 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

Main article: Backpacking Skills


Campfires

Shortcut:
Campfires

  BSA Video: Second Class Light a Fire and Stove (See notes.)
  BSA Video: Second Class Fires and Stoves

Knife Skills

Shortcut:
Knife Skills

  BSA Video: Second Class Knife, Saw, and Ax (See notes.)
  Video: Cleaning a Knife - Video: Sharpening a Knife - Video: Pocket Knife Care - Video: Knife Sharpening Devices - Video: Knife Sharpening Safety - Video: Knife Sharpening Mistakes - Video: Knife Sharpening: Edges & Goals

Ax and Saw Skills

Shortcut:
Ax and Saw Skills

  Video: Knife and Ax Safety - Knives, axes, and saws to take to the wilds

Campfire Building

Shortcut:
Campfire Building

  Video: Fire Site - Video: Where to Build a Campfire - Video: Types of Fires - Video: Fire Pits - Build a Fire - Video: Kindling -Video: Picking Kindling - Video: Wood - Video: Arranging The FIre - Video: Keep a Fire Going - Video: Sparking a Campfire Flame - Video: What Not to Burn in a Campfire - Video: Put Out a Campfire

Campfire Types

Shortcut:
Campfire Types

  Video: Log Cabin - Video: Tee Pee - Video: Building a Speed Fire

Campfire Starting

Shortcut:
Campfire Starting

  BSA Video: Second Class Light a Fire and Stove (See notes.)
  Video: Video: Fire Starting - Video: Flint & Steel - Video: BlastMatch - Video: Steel Wool - Video: Fire Piston - Video: Magnifying Glass

Campfire Safety

Shortcut:
Campfire Safety

  Video: Safety - Video: Dangers


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

Shortcut:
Clothing

  Video: How to Choose Clothing - Video: Learn What Clothes to Pack for a Camping Trip

Footwear

Shortcut:
Footwear

  Video: Breaking In Hiking Boots - Video: Buying Hiking Boots - Video: Choosing Hiking Boots & Hiking Shoes - Buying Hiking Boots - Video: Breaking in Hiking Boots

Socks

Shortcut:
Socks

  Video: How to Select Socks - Video: Packing Socks - Video: Backpacking Socks - Camping Socks

Layering

Shortcut:
Layering

  Video: Camping Layering - Video: Hiking Layering

Cold Weather

Shortcut:
Cold Weather

  Video: How to Dress for Cool-Weather Hiking - Video: Cold Weather

Warm Weather

Shortcut:
Warm Weather

  Video: How to Dress for Warm-Weather Hiking- Video: Warm Weather -

Wet Weather

Shortcut:
Wet Weather

  Video: Dealing with Rain - Video: Wet Weather - Video: Rain Gear to Stay Dry When Hiking - Video: Testing Rain Gear


Cooking Skills

Main article: Cooking Skills


First Aid

Shortcut:
Outdoor 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

Shortcut:
Outdoor_Skills#Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace-related awards


Navigation

Shortcut:
Navigation -or- Map and Compass

Navigation Without a Compass

Shortcut:
Navigation Without a Compass

  BSA Video: First Class Find Directions (See notes.)
  Video: Find the North Star - Video: Find North Without a Compass - Video: How to Use Growing Moss - Video: How to Use Moving Water - Video: How to Use the Sun

Maps

Shortcut:
Maps -or- Topographic Maps

  Video: How to Read a Topographical Map - Video: Map Features - Video: Map & Compass - Video: Maps & Guidebooks

Compass

Shortcut:
Compass

  Video: Second Class Compass Skills (See notes.)
  Videos: Video: How to Use a Compass - Compass & GPS When Hiking - REI Video: Navigation Basics - Map & Compass - REI Video: Parts of a Compass

Lost

Shortcut:
Lost

What to do if you become lost:

  Videos: Video: Learn What Sun & Bug Protection Gear to Pack When Camping - Finding your Way back when Lost Hiking - What to Do when you Get Lost Hiking - How to Not Get Lost when Hiking

GPS

Shortcut:
GPS

  REI: GPS Glossary - REI: GPS Initialization Process - REI: GPS Receivers - REI Video: GPS - How to Use

Geocaching

Shortcut:
Geocaching

Orienteering Skills

Shortcut:
Orienteering Skills

See: Orienteering Merit badge. Make Orienteering A Part of Your Troop Program.   BSA Video: First Class Orienteering Course (See notes.)


Outdoor Code

Shortcut:
Outdoor_Skills#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

Shortcut:
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

Shortcut:
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

Shortcut:
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

Shortcut:
Weather Skills

  Video: Adapting to Weather - Video: How to Gauge the Weather - Video: How to Check the Weather


Wilderness Survival Skills

Shortcut:
Wilderness Survival Skills

See: Wilderness Survival Merit badge. Make Wilderness Survival A Part of Your Troop Program.
  Survival Lesson Videos: Video: Wilderness Survival Tips - Video: Assessing the Surroundings - Video: Identifying Plants & Food - Video: Patience & Making Decisions - Video: Using Personal Possessions - Video: Desert - Video: Using Pinecones

Survival Kit

Shortcut:
Survival Kit

  Video: Survival Kit - Video: Survival Kit -

Survival Shelter

Shortcut:
Survival Shelter

  Video: Build a Shelter - Video: Using Straw Grass - Video: Finding Shelter - Video: Lean-To Shelters

Survival Signaling

Shortcut:
Survival Signaling

  Video: Signaling


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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