Venturing Ranger Wilderness Survival

Venturing Ranger Award Core Requirement – Wilderness Survival

To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives. One of the core requirements is Wilderness Survival.

By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Wilderness Survival, a Venturer must learn how to survive in the wild, focusing on things like hydration, fire making, food, and shelter. The Venturer must also share these skills with others.

Venturing Ranger Award Core Requirement – Wilderness Survival

  1. Write a risk management plan for an upcoming crew high adventure activity such as a whitewater canoeing or rock-climbing trip. The plan should include nutrition, health, first aid, supervision, insurance, safety rules and regulations, proper equipment, maps and compass, in-service training, environmental considerations, emergency and evacuation procedures, and emergency contacts.
  2. From memory, list the survival priorities and explain your use of each in a survival situation.
  3. Learn about and then make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on the following subjects:
    1. Emergency signals used in the outdoors
    2. Search and rescue patterns
    3. Evacuation procedures and value of when to move and when not to move in a wilderness emergency
  4. Explain the following environmental exposure problems. Discuss what causes them, signs and symptoms, and treatment.
    1. Hypothermia
    2. Frostbite
    3. Sunburn
    4. Heat exhaustion
    5. Heat cramps
    6. Heat stroke
  5. Hydration
    1. Explain dehydration and the necessity of conserving fluids in a survival situation.
    2. Explain at least four methods of obtaining water in the outdoors and demonstrate at least two ways to purify that water.
  6. Fire making
    1. Demonstrate at least two different fire lays-one for cooking and one for warmth.
    2. Learn and discuss the use of fire starters, tinder, kindling, softwoods, and hardwoods in fire making.
  7. Explain and demonstrate how you can gain knowledge of weather patterns using VHF band radio and other radios, winds, barometric pressure, air masses and their movements, clouds, and other indicators.
  8. Knots and lashings
    1. Explain the different rope materials and thicknesses that are best for wilderness use and how to care for them.
    2. Know the use of and demonstrate how to tie the following knots and lashings:
      1. Sheet bend
      2. Fisherman’s knot
      3. Bowline
      4. Bowline on a bight
      5. Two half hitches
      6. Clove hitch
      7. Timber hitch
      8. Taut-line hitch
      9. Square lashing
      10. Shear lashing
  9. Food
    1. Explain the usefulness and drawbacks of obtaining food in the wilderness, including things to avoid.
    2. Prepare and eat at least one meal with food you have found in the outdoors.
  10. Survival kit
    1. Make a list of items you would include in a wilderness survival kit and then make copies to hand out to visitors to your wilderness survival outpost camp.
    2. Using your list, make a wilderness survival kit. Explain the use of each item you have included.
  11. Outpost camp
    1. Set up a wilderness survival outpost camp and spend at least two nights and two days in your site.
    2. Use and demonstrate several knots and lashings from requirement (h) in your wilderness survival campsite demonstration.
    3. Know how to plan a wilderness shelter for three different environments and then build a shelter as part of your wilderness survival campsite demonstration.
    4. Have your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group visit you in your outpost for a presentation you make on wilderness survival (at least one hour).

Remember to use the Leave No Trace principles you learned.

One Response to Venturing Ranger Award Core Requirement – Wilderness Survival

  1. Tom Linton March 2, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

    “The survival priorities” vary according to the facts “on the ground.” No order of priority can be determined in advance. Priories when the boat is sinking differ greatly from priorities when the Advisor has broken his ankle on a mountaintop. The Venturer must be familiar with the needs to survive and how to meet them. He/she will have to assign priority on the spot. Practice exercises help hone the judgment and skills necessary. Needs are differently categorized but may be grouped as:

    -Thinking straight (admitting there is a problem and avoiding harmful mental states)
    -98.6 (staying at or near; inclusive of “clothing,” “shelter,” and fire)
    -Safe travel (“Staying put” may be wise or can kill you.)
    -First Aid and personal care
    -Dealing with natural risks (weather, gravity, water, animals, etc)

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