Scouter Mom » Hiking http://scoutermom.com A resource for adults and youth involved in Scouting Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:50:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan Q – Family Outdoor Adventure http://scoutermom.com/10528/cub-scout-bear-den-meeting-plans-family-outdoor-adventure/ http://scoutermom.com/10528/cub-scout-bear-den-meeting-plans-family-outdoor-adventure/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10528 Posted in Hiking

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts go on a family hike for Bear Achievement 12 – Family Outdoor Adventure and the Hiking Belt Loop.]]>

BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. In addition to the basic den meeting plans, there are supplemental plans which can be used if you have additional meetings left.  Today we will look at a den meeting plan in which Bear Cub Scouts go on a family hike . It covers one of the requirements for Bear Achievement 12 – Family Outdoor Adventure. They will also earn their Hiking Belt Loop.

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Supplemental Plan Q to follow along with this article.

Cub Scout Bear Den Meeting Plans: Family Outdoor Adventure

Preparation and Before the Meeting

Most of the preparation for this meeting involves finding a suitable location in the area for your hike.

Gathering

Check out my gathering activities page for ideas.

Opening

Have a flag ceremony if possible.  Say the Scout Law.

Business

Keep business short and sweet.

Activities

Just by going on the outing you are fulfilling the requirement for Achievement 12b:

Go on a hike with your family.

You will also be completing the requirements for the Hiking belt loop:

Explain the hiking safety rules to your den leader or adult partner. Practice these rules while on a hike.
Demonstrate hiking attire and equipment.
Hike at least 30 minutes with your adult partner, family, or den.

Before you set off on the trail, review the hiking safety rules with all of the hikers. Then go out and enjoy the experience.

If you are looking for some fun things to keep the active boys engaged during the hike, check out my article on hiking activities. This article lists some games and scavenger hunts you can do while hiking.

Closing

Close with the Scout Oath and a closing flag ceremony (if possible).

After the meeting

Get some adults to commit to help at the next meeting.

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Backpacking Troop Program Feature http://scoutermom.com/16197/backpacking-troop-program-feature/ http://scoutermom.com/16197/backpacking-troop-program-feature/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:20:46 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=16197 Posted in High AdventureHikingOutdoor Recreation

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.]]>

This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.

The plans for the Backpacking troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Backpacking can be a single-day activity of several miles or a weeklong trip of 50 miles or longer. But no matter what length, participation requires hikers who are in top physical condition and prepared to meet the challenge. New Scouts can learn the basics of hiking and low-impact camping so that many thousands of people can enjoy the same trail for decades to come.

Backpacking Program

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, camping, and hiking.  Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge  or the Hiking Merit Badge. Other possible badges include CampingCookingOrienteeringPioneering, and Wilderness Survival..

The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing with various stages to match the skill level of the Scouts. See the program features Volume 1 for more details.

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Historic Trails Award http://scoutermom.com/10910/historic-trails-award/ http://scoutermom.com/10910/historic-trails-award/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10910 Posted in CampingHiking

The Historic Trails Award recognizes Scouts who have incorporated some history into their hiking and camping experiences.]]>

The Historic Trails Award recognizes Scouts who have incorporated some history into their hiking and camping experiences.

Our local council keeps a list of historic trails in the area. Many of these trails have a trail specific patch as well. So if you are interested in working on this award with your unit but are not sure how to start, check with your local council first. They often have resources available if you just ask.

If there is a historic trail in your area which you would like to share information about, just add it to the comments below.

Historic Trails Award Requirements

To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity. A unit historic activity requires members to:

  1. Locate a historic trail or site and study information relating to it. (The information may be obtained from an adult historic society, public library, or people living near the trail or site.)
  2. Hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site.
  3. Cooperate with an adult group such as a historic society to restore and mark all or part of this trail or site. (This may be done during the hike or overnight camp.) Or cooperate with such a group to plan and stage a historic pageant, ceremony, or other public event related to this trail or site – such event should be large enough to merit coverage by the local press.
  4. Your unit leader must then file the Historic Trails Award application with your council service center.
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Backpacking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6244/backpacking-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6244/backpacking-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6244 Posted in FitnessHiking

If your Boy Scout troop is planning some backpacking outings, check out the requirements for the Backpacking merit badge.]]>

If your Boy Scout troop is planning some backpacking outings, check out the requirements for the Backpacking merit badge.

Earning the Backpacking merit badge will be demanding but rewarding. Scouts will learn what equipment to carry on their backs and what knowledge to have in their heads. In addition, Scouts will discover how to protect the environment by traveling and camping without leaving a trace. By mastering the basics of backpacking, Scouts will develop an even deeper respect for the outdoors.

Backpacking Merit Badge 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:
    1. List 10 items that are essential to be carried on any backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.
    2. 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:
    1. Define limits on the number of backpackers appropriate for a trek crew.
    2. Describe how a trek crew should be organized.
    3. Tell how you would minimize risk on a backpacking trek.
  4. Do the following:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Tell what factors are important in choosing a campsite.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate two ways to treat water and tell why water treatment is essential.
    2. Explain to your counselor the importance of staying well-hydrated during a trek.
  6. 6. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate that you can read topographic maps.
    2. 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.
    3. 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:
    1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of three different types of backpacking stoves using at least three different types of fuel.
    2. Demonstrate that you know how to operate a backpacking stove safely and to handle liquid fuel safely.
    3. Prepare at least three meals using a stove and fuel you can carry in a backpack.
    4. 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:
    1. Write a plan for a patrol backpacking hike that includes a schedule.
    2. Show that you know how to properly pack your personal gear and your share of the crew’s gear and food.
    3. Show you can properly shoulder your pack and adjust it for proper wear.
    4. Conduct a prehike inspection of the patrol and its equipment.
    5. 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. Carry everything you will need throughout the trek.
  11. Do the following:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Keep a daily journal during the trek that includes a day-by-day description of your activities, including notes about what worked well and thoughts about improvements that could be made for the next trek.
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Backpacking Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/14380/backpackiing-programs-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/14380/backpackiing-programs-boy-scouts/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14380 Posted in FitnessHikingOutdoor Recreation

A backpacking programs feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.]]>

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a  Backpacking Troop Program Feature for July 2013.  This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.

The plans for the Backpacking  troop program feature can be found in  Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Long before backpacking became a popular sport, the Boy Scouts of America was promoting this exhilarating activity. For many years, Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico has provided hundreds of miles of trails for thousands of Scouts across the country. In addition, BSA high-adventure bases and local councils throughout the country can provide Scouts with a stimulating backpacking experience

Backpacking Programs

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, hiking, camping, and nature.  Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge or the Hiking Merit Badge . Other badge possibilities include Cooking Merit BadgeCamping Merit BadgeOrienteering Merit BadgePioneering Merit Badge, and Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.

The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing of course! See the program feature for details.

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BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan G – Nature Crafts http://scoutermom.com/10496/bear-den-meeting-plans-nature-crafts/ http://scoutermom.com/10496/bear-den-meeting-plans-nature-crafts/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10496 Posted in HikingNature and the World

Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. This Bear den meeting idea covers Bear Elective 12 – Nature Crafts]]>

BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. In addition to the basic den meeting plans, there are supplemental plans which can be used if you have additional meetings left. Today’s plan covers part of Bear Elective 12 – Nature Crafts .

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Supplemental Plan G to follow along with this article.

Bear Den Meeting Plans: Nature Crafts

Preparation and Before the Meeting

You will need to gather the materials beforehand.  Try to obtain some light-sensitive paper if you can. It will produce much better results than the dark construction paper. Don’t forget to bring a shallow pan and some water to fix the prints.

You will be gathering leaves on a hike, so this meeting is well suited to a park with a short trail suitable for Bears.

Gathering

Check out my gathering activities page for ideas.

Opening

Have a flag ceremony. Say the Scout Law.

Business

Keep business short and sweet.

Activities

The den will be working on Bear Achievement 12a :

Make solar prints of three kinds of leaves

Before the hike would be a good time to review hiking safety rules with your Cub Scouts.  Remind them that they will be looking for leaves along the trail.

At the end of the hike, make your solar prints as directed in the downloadable meeting plan.

Closing

Close with the Scout Oath and a closing flag ceremony.

After the meeting

The Bears should help clean up the area and put away the supplies you brought.

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BSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 6 – AOL Hike http://scoutermom.com/10495/webelos-den-meeting-plans-hike/ http://scoutermom.com/10495/webelos-den-meeting-plans-hike/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10495 Posted in Hiking

The sixth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers requirement 5 for the Arrow of Light emblem, which is a hike.]]>

BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website.  The sixth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers requirement 5 for the Arrow of Light emblem, which is a hike.

If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 6 to follow along with this article.

Webelos Den Meeting Plans: BSA Plans #6 – Hike

Preparation and Before the Meeting

Most of your arrangements involve finding an appropriate location for your hike, getting parents involved, and logistics like transportation and permission slips. Your hike should be challenging, but not overly so. About 3 miles is a nice distance for Webelos if time permits.

Gathering

See my gathering activities page for some ideas. But if you are meeting at your hike location, chances are your Webelos will just enjoy being outside and running around.

Opening

Say the Scout Law and the Scout Oath . This fits in with Arrow of Light requirement 2.

Business

Hand out recognitions.

Activities

You will be doing your hike for Arrow of Light requirement 5.

Arrow of Light Requirement 5: Participate in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike. (If you have already done this when you earned your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not use it to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award requirements.)

You can easily add in a lot of the Scout knowledge for requirement 2 as you are walking.

Arrow of Light Requirement 2: Show your knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout by doing all of these:

Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath or Promise and the 12 points of the Scout Law. Tell how you have practiced them in your everyday life.
Give and explain the Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake.
Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.
Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
Tie the joining knot (square knot)

The plan also suggests finishing up Scientist. If you can’t fit it in this meeting, just have another meeting to finish it up. Sometimes it helps to have an “odds and ends” meeting to finish up all of the bits of activity badges which they have almost completed.

Closing

Close with the Scout Law and  Scout Oath again. Repetition will help them memorize these.

After the Meeting

Have the Webelos help clean up the area and recruit some adult help for the next meeting.

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Hiking Activities http://scoutermom.com/14534/hiking-activities/ http://scoutermom.com/14534/hiking-activities/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14534 Posted in HikingOutdoor Recreation

If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.]]>

Sometimes when we are out hiking with Scouts it seems like they are so focused on getting from here to there that they forget to look around and see the sights.  If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities. You’ll find some suggestions below.

Hiking Activities

Themed Hike

Themed hikes usually involve looking for items which fit a theme or doing something similar.  Scout Helps has an extensive  list of themed hikes. Some of my favorite ideas from their list:

  • Sound Hike: Hear and identify all sounds heard along the way.
  • Homes Hike: Look for nature’s homes, like nests, holes, spider webs, etc. (Don’t disturb them! Don’t put your hand in a place you can‟t see, either.)
  • Blindfold Hike: Divide boys in pairs. Have one blindfolded. The other leads him a short distance, quietly and slowly. Encourage the blindfolded boy to listen, smell and feel the surroundings. Trade places.
  • Shadow Walk: Walk only in the shadows. This may require some jumping. (Don‟t plan this walk at noon since that is when shadows are shortest!)
  • Detective Hike: Spot and list all evidence of man in nature (litter, footprints, fire scars, chopped trees, etc.). What litter you may find, pick up and dispose of properly.

Scavenger Hunts

On a scavenger hunt hike you search for items in a list. You can make your own list or use one of the ones below:

Geocaching

Geocaching involves using GPS coordinates to find caches – small containers which hold a log and sometimes trinkets. This adds a little adventure to your hike. Boy Scouts can work on their Geocaching Merit Badge  if they find caches while out hiking. You can learn more about geocaching at Geocaching.com.

Games for the Trail

There are many other types of games you can play while out hiking. There are good lists at Appalachian Mountain Club and Footprint Press. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chain Story: One person starts a story, but stops in the middle of a sentence oridea. The next person must continue the story then break to let the next person continue, and so forth.
  • I Spy: One person thinks of something that everyone can see and gives a clue such as “I spy something round and hard.” The others try to guess what it is. The winner then gets to choose the next “I Spy.”
  • Mystery Bag: You’ll need a stuff sack or lunch bag and items found along the trail. Collect items (acorns, pine cones, small stones, trash, etc. — no fair picking any living plants). When you stop for a rest, have your kids put their hands in the bag and try to identify the items they touch. Scatter the materials back in the woods when you’re finished.
  • Hug a Tree: You’ll have to know your trees for this one! One hiker is the treemaster. While hiking along the trail, the treemaster calls out the name of a tree in the area —for example, birch. Everyone scrambles to find a birch tree and give it a big hug. Try not to step on live vegetation or wander too far from the trail.

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Hiking Pin for Cub Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6109/hiking-pin-cub-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6109/hiking-pin-cub-scouts/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6109 Posted in FitnessHiking

Don't forget to put the "outing" in Cub Scouting. :-) One easy way to get some outdoor adventure into your program is hiking. And while your pack or den is out hiking, your Cub Scouts can work on their Hiking pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.]]>

Don’t forget to put the “outing” in Cub Scouting. :-) One easy way to get some outdoor adventure into your program is hiking. And while your pack or den is out hiking, your Cub Scouts can work on their Hiking pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

Hiking Pin Requirements

Earn the Hiking belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a chart and record at least five hours of hiking.
  2. Help plan a den, pack, or family hike.
  3. Earn Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
  4. Earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.
  5. Learn seven trail signs and tell your den leader or adult partner what they are.
  6. Be able to identify five different trees and five different birds on your hike. (These can be of the same species if multiple species are hard to find.)
  7. Using pictures or photographs, identify three poisonous plants. (Examples are poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak; oleander, poinsettia, etc.). Watch for these plants while on a hike.
  8. Take two different hikes for different purposes, for example, a nature hike, neighborhood hike, historical hike, city hike, stop-look-and-listen hike, and so on.
  9. Explain to your den leader or adult partner what a compass is and show how to use one on a hike.
  10. Explain to your den leader or adult partner what a global positioning system is and demonstrate how to use one on a hike.
  11. With visuals such as pictures or maps, report about one of your hikes to your den. Tell about how you prepared for your hike, who went with you, and what you saw.
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Venturing Ranger Award Requirements – Backpacking Elective http://scoutermom.com/10877/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-backpacking/ http://scoutermom.com/10877/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-backpacking/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10877 Posted in CampingHikingOutdoor Recreation

By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Backpacking, a Venturer must learn many aspects of backpacking - from equipment to cooking on the trail to first aid. Then the Venturer must use these skills and teach them to others.]]>

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

By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Backpacking, a Venturer must learn many aspects of backpacking – from equipment to cooking on the trail to first aid. Then the Venturer must use these skills and teach them to others.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements – Backpacking Elective

  1. Develop a personal exercise plan and follow it for at least three months, exercising at least three times a week. Set your goals with backpacking in mind and write them down. Keep a daily diary.
  2. Backpacks
    1. Try on three types of backpacks. Learn how to choose the proper size frame for your body size. Learn and then be able to explain to others the difference between a soft pack, an internal frame pack, and an external frame. Tell the pros and cons of each type and what kind of trek you would take with each pack.
    2. Explain the different parts of a backpack and their use.
    3. Learn the proper way to lift and wear your backpack.
    4. Describe at least four ways to limit weight and bulk in your backpack without jeopardizing your health and safety.
    5. Learn how you would load an internal frame pack versus one with an external frame.
  3. Packing gear
    1. Pack your backpack with your personal gear, including outdoor essentials, additional gear, and personal extras. Pack as though You were sharing equipment with one other person for a three-day, two-night backpacking trip.
    2. List at least 10 items essential for an overnight backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.
    3. Present yourself to an experienced backpacker, unload your pack, have him or her critique your packing, then repack your pack. Have him or her critique your efforts.
  4. Cooking
    1. List at least 20 items of group backpacking gear. Include a group cleanup kit.
    2. Learn how and then demonstrate how to cook a meal using a backpacking stove.
    3. Demonstrate proper sanitation of backpacking cook gear.
    4. Learn how to properly pack and carry a backpacking stove and fuel.
  5. Environmental impact
    1. List at least 10 environmental considerations that are important for backpacking and describe ways to lessen their impact on the environment.
    2. Considering Leave No Trace principles, tell how to dispose of the human waste, liquid waste, and garbage you generate on a backpacking trip.
  6. Three treks
    1. Participate in three different treks of at least three days and two nights each, covering at least 15 miles in distance each.
    2. Plan and lead a backpacking trek (can be one of the treks in (a) above) with at least five people for at least two days. This group can be your crew, another crew, a Boy Scout group, or another youth group.
    3. Plan the menu for this trek using commercially prepared backpacking foods for at least one meal.
    4. Check for any permits needed and prepare a trip plan to be left with your family. Have an emergency contact number.
    5. Using the map you used to chart your course, brief the crew you are leading on your trip plan.
    6. Lead a shakedown for those you are leading.
  7. Outerwear
    1. Learn about proper backpacking clothing for backpacking in all four seasons.
    2. Learn about proper footwear, socks, and foot care.
    3. Learn and then demonstrate at least three uses for a poncho in backpacking.
  8. Health and first aid
    1. Learn about trail health considerations and typical backpacking injuries such as hypothermia, frostbite, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, altitude sickness, dehydration, blisters, stings and bites, and sprains and how to avoid and treat these injuries and illnesses.
    2. Because fluid intake is so important to a backpacker, tell how to take care of your water supply on a backpacking trip. Include ways of purifying water and why that is important.
  9. Using all the knowledge you have acquired about backpacking, make a display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Boy Scout group, or another youth group. Include equipment and clothing selection and use, trip planning, environmental considerations, trail health and safety considerations, food selection and preparation, and backpacking physical preparation.
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Venturing Ranger Award Core Requirement – Wilderness Survival http://scoutermom.com/10875/venturing-ranger-award-core-requirement-wilderness-survival/ http://scoutermom.com/10875/venturing-ranger-award-core-requirement-wilderness-survival/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10875 Posted in Be PreparedCampingHigh AdventureHikingOutdoor Recreation

Venturing Ranger Award: A young man or woman must complete 8 requirements and 4 electives. 1 of the core requirements is 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.

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50 Miler Award http://scoutermom.com/10903/50-miler-award/ http://scoutermom.com/10903/50-miler-award/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10903 Posted in High AdventureHikingOutdoor Recreation

The 50 Miler award recognizes Scouts who go the distance, literally. This recognition can be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Scout leaders. If your unit is planning a trek, your members might be able to earn this award.]]>

The 50 Miler award recognizes Scouts who go the distance, literally. This recognition can be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Scout leaders. If your unit went on a trek this summer, your members might have earned this award.

Basically, the 50 Miler award requirements say that you must go 50 consecutive miles in five days or more without the use of motorized transportation. You can go on foot, on bicycle, in a boat, or even use pack animals. While on your trip, you do a service project.

See the complete requirements for the 50 Miler Award below:

50 Miler Award Requirements

The 50-Miler Award is presented to each qualifying individual for satisfactory participation in an approved trip. In order to qualify for the award the group of which the individual is a member must fulfill all of the following requirements.
Make complete and satisfactory plans for the trip, including the possibilities of advancement.

  1. Cover the trail or canoe or boat route of not less than 50 consecutive miles; take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip without the aid of motors. (In some areas pack animals may be used.)
  2. During the time on the trail or waterway, complete a minimum of 10 hours each of group work on projects to improve the trail, springs, campsite, portage, or area. If, after checking with recognized authorities, it is not possible to complete 10 hours each of group work on the trail, a similar project may be done in the unit’s home area. (There should be no unauthorized cutting of brush or timber.)
  3. Unit or tour leader must then file a 50-Miler Award application with the local council service center. This application gives additional details about planning the trip.

For more information, see this article in Scouting Magazine: How Scouts can earn the 50 Miler Award

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Venturing Ranger Award Core Requirement – Land Navigation http://scoutermom.com/10873/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-land-navigation/ http://scoutermom.com/10873/venturing-ranger-award-requirements-land-navigation/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10873 Posted in HikingOutdoor Recreation

By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Land Navigation, a Venturer is prepared to use a map and compass to find a place.]]>

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 land navigation.

By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Land Navigation, a Venturer is not only prepared to  use a map and compass to navigate from one place to another in unfamiliar territory. They then teach these orienteering skills to others.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements – Land Navigation

  1. Using a topographical map for your area or the area you will be navigating in, demonstrate that you know the following map symbols:
    • Index contour
    • Vertical control station
    • Hard-surface, heavy-duty road
    • Railroad, single track
    • Power transmission line
    • Building
    • Checked spot elevation
    • Marsh
    • Map scale
    • Intermittent stream
    • Depression
    • Ridge
    • Trail
    • Stream
    • Hard-surface, medium-duty road
    • Bridge
    • Cemetery
    • Campsite
    • Water well or spring
    • Unimproved dirt road
  2. Explain contour lines. Be able to tell the contour interval for your map and be able to show the difference between a steep and a gentle slope.
  3. Using a map and compass, navigate an orienteering course that has at least six legs covering at least 2.5 miles.
  4. Learn to use a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. Demonstrate that you can find a fixed coordinate at night using a GPS receiver or a geocaching .
  5. Teach the navigating skills you have learned in (a) through (d) above to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another group.
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Take Me Out to the Forest Song http://scoutermom.com/10930/forest-song/ http://scoutermom.com/10930/forest-song/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10930 Posted in CampingHiking

Take Me Out to the Forest is a classic Scouting song. Sing it around the campfire, when you're out on a hike, or when you are camping. ]]>

Take Me Out to the Forest is a classic Scouting song. Sing it around the campfire, when you’re out on a hike, or when you are camping.

It goes to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Take Me Out to the Forest Song

Take me out to the forest
Let me hike in the wild.
Show me a skunk and a few bear tracks.
I won’t care if I never come back.
But it’s look, look, look at your compass.
If it rains, then it pours.
And it’s ouch, slap, sting and your bit
In the great outdoors!

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Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit http://scoutermom.com/13173/bear-grylls-survival-series-ultimate-kit/ http://scoutermom.com/13173/bear-grylls-survival-series-ultimate-kit/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 13:05:24 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?post_type=product&p=13173 Posted in Be PreparedCampingHigh AdventureHiking

Nylon pouch, multi-tool, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, pocket survival guide, and rescue instructions.]]>

Purchasing information: Gerber 31-000701 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit

From the manufacturer:

Bear Grylls and Gerber Team Up
The Ultimate Kit is part of the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series of gear. This collaboration brings together Gerber’s 70+ years of knife and gear expertise with Bear Grylls’ extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience to create a one-of-a-kind line of knives, tools, and gear.

From spending time in the British SAS, to scaling Mount Everest, Bear knows what it takes to be a survivor in extreme situations and multiple environments. Now he brings that knowledge to the creation of a range of items that help you make the most of your outdoor adventures.

Heavy-Duty Survival Kit for the Toughest Spots
Ideal for hard-core outdoor adventurers, the Ultimate Kit has everything you need to stay safe and alive until you can be rescued or rescue yourself.

The 15-piece kit includes the Gerber miniature multi-tool, which offers stainless steel, weather-resistant components including needle nose pliers, wire cutters, fine edge and serrated knives, a Phillips screwdriver, small and medium flat drivers, a lanyard ring, a bottle opener, and tweezers. This tool’s rugged construction and external components make it a reliable multi-tasker, even in the harshest environments.

Rugged, Ready-to-Go Tools and Accessories
In addition to the multi-tool, the Ultimate Kit comes with a lightweight ripstop nylon bag with a waterproof zipper for weather-resistant storage and an array of tools and accessories, including a miniature light, a hand saw, a signaling mirror, a survival blanket, a fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, a snare wire, an emergency cord, waxed thread, a fishing kit, and a sewing kit.

Includes Survival Guide and SOS Instructions
For added peace of mind and a higher level of preparedness, this kit comes with land to air rescue and SOS instructions. It also includes Bear Grylls’ informative Priorities of Survival pocket guide, loaded with survival basics.

What’s in the Box
Nylon pouch, multi-tool, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, pocket survival guide, and rescue instructions.

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Walking Stick (From 41 to 58 inches for correct sizing) http://scoutermom.com/13170/walking-stick-from-41-to-58-inches-for-correct-sizing/ http://scoutermom.com/13170/walking-stick-from-41-to-58-inches-for-correct-sizing/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 12:55:25 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?post_type=product&p=13170 Posted in Hiking

This  walking stick comes in 4 different lengths so you can get the correct size for your height, resulting in more comfortable hiking.]]>

Purchasing information: Free form Hickory Walking Stick

From the manufacturer:

Brazos Free Form Walking Sticks are made of hard dense wood, make them suitable for both hiking through rugged terrain and casual strolls on walking trails. Each piece of wood is carefully selected, cut, gently sanded and sprayed with a protective clear coat lacquer. The result is a rustic, attractive staff that is viable for years to come. Comes in various woods and stick lengths and has a standard rubber ferrule for a firm, secure grip on virtually any surface. Made in the USA by skilled craftsmen suing the highest quality materials and time tested methods. Warranty Information Buy with confidence with a lifetime warranty against defects and 100/100 Satisfaction guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied, return your stick within 100 days to the manufacturer for the price of the stick or exchange.

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles (Multiple Locations Available) http://scoutermom.com/13138/60-hikes-within-60-miles-multiple-locations-available/ http://scoutermom.com/13138/60-hikes-within-60-miles-multiple-locations-available/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 00:05:59 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?post_type=product&p=13138 Posted in BooksCampingHiking

This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.]]>

Purchasing information: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Book Series

This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.

Each location is described in detail. The author describes the difficulty level of the various trails. Pay attention to this. If you are going on a Pack hike, you’ll want to pick a trail which is fairly easy and not too long. If you are training for a Philmont expedition, select something challenging.

The book also describes the highlights of each trail, what the environment is like, and what types of wildlife you might expect to see.  It also has comments on how heavily used the trail is, amenities like picnic shelters and restrooms, and other information such as if pets are allowed.

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Review – Mina Sauk Falls Trail at Taum Sauk State Park http://scoutermom.com/11481/review-mina-sauk-falls-trail-taum-sauk-state-park/ http://scoutermom.com/11481/review-mina-sauk-falls-trail-taum-sauk-state-park/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=11481 Posted in Hiking

Our troop recently camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. While we were there, we took a day trip to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail. ]]>

Our troop recently camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. While we were there, we took a day trip to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail. View additional photos from the trail.

This was a fairly easy hike. The distance for the loop was about 3 miles. We have new Scouts in the troop, so this hike was to prepare them for an upcoming five mile hike.

The trailhead starts near the highest point in Missouri - 1,772 feet above sea level. The highlight of the hike was Mina Sauk Falls. This is the tallest waterfall in Missouri. There were lots of rocks formations around the falls for the Scouts to explore and they all agreed it was a beautiful spot.

For those seeking a backpacking experience, the Ozark Trail runs through the park. We spoke to a group who was hiking from Taum Sauk to Johnson Shut-Ins. They expected they would not make it by nightfall and were planning to camp on the trail. This would be a challenging experience for older Scouts. It is about a 15 mile hike from the trailhead at Taum Sauk to the campground at Johnson Shut Ins.

I’d recommend the trails at Taum Sauk State Park for Scouts. This was a good first hiking experience for our new Scouts. Several of them learned that they did not bring nearly enough water for a 3 mile hike and there were some other comments about what they would do differently next time. So this should prepare them for their longer hike coming up.

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BSA Methods – The Outdoors http://scoutermom.com/10263/bsa-methods-outdoors/ http://scoutermom.com/10263/bsa-methods-outdoors/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10263 Posted in Aims of ScoutingCampingHigh AdventureHikingOutdoor Recreation

One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”. Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.]]>

The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting’s aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”.

Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.

How can this method be incorporated into a Boy Scout program:

  • Lots of outdoor activities – aim for at least one opportunity for Scouts to participate in an outdoor activity each month
  • Regular camping adventures – try some different locations
  • Ask the youth leadership what they would like to do with your outdoor program and give them the support they need to make it happen
  • Encourage adults to attend supplemental training so you can incorporate challenging activities in your outdoor experience – like canoeing, rock climbing, shooting sports

What does your unit do with this method? If you have a creative or unusual idea which you think others could benefit from, add it in the comments below.

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Hiking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6172/hiking-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6172/hiking-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6172 Posted in HikingOutdoor Recreation

Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives.]]>

Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives.

Hiking is a terrific way to keep your body and mind in top shape, both now and for a lifetime. Walking packs power into your legs and makes your heart and lungs healthy and strong. Exploring the outdoors challenges you with discoveries and new ideas. Your senses will improve as you use your eyes and ears to gather information along the way.

Hiking Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while hiking, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while hiking, including hypothermia, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, frostbite, dehydration, sunburn, sprained ankle, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, blisters, hyperventilation, and altitude sickness.
  2. Explain and, where possible, show the points of good hiking practices including the principles of Leave No Trace, hiking safety in the daytime and at night, courtesy to others, choice of footwear, and proper care of feet and footwear.
  3. Explain how hiking is an aerobic activity. Develop a plan for conditioning yourself for 10-mile hikes, and describe how you will increase your fitness for longer hikes.
  4. Make a written plan for a 10-mile hike. Include map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail lunch.
  5. Take five hikes, each on a different day, and each of 10 continuous miles. Prepare a hike plan for each hike.*
  6. Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in one day following a hike plan you have prepared.*
  7. After each of the hikes (or during each hike if on one continuous “trek”) in requirements 5 and 6, write a short report of your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the weather, and interesting things you saw. Share this report with your merit badge counselor.

* The hikes in requirements 5 and 6 can be used in fulfilling Second Class (2a) and First Class (3) rank requirements, but only if Hiking merit badge requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been completed to the satisfaction of your counselor. The hikes of requirements 5 and 6 cannot be used to fulfill requirements of other merit badges.

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