Survival Scoutcraft Badge
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|“||Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.||”|
|— Robert Baden-Powell, "Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship", p.20, Oxford University Press|
This badge exposes a scout to the basics of survival and the dangers they could face when lost in the wild. This badge is a pre-requirement for Backwoodsman Scout Interest Badge.
- Know the four main needs to be satisfied in a survival situation. Discuss:
- The various ways in which these needs can be satisfied.
- Discuss the useful items that could be included in your kit in case this type of emergency should arise on an expedition.
- Build a weatherproof shelter from natural materials or groundsheets (overhanging rock and cliffs excluded) and sleep in it alone or with another Scout for at least one night.
- Lay and light a fire outdoors, without matches, using an alternative method such as magnifying glass, binoculars, flint and steel, friction, bow and drill or batteries.
- With raw ingredients (not dehydrated), cook over an open fire a meal consisting of a main course (utensils and aluminium foil excluded) and a twist or damper.
- Demonstrate any method of rendering muddy water fit for human consumption.
- Demonstrate two methods of finding true North during the day and two methods at night, without the aid of a compass or map.
- Recognise and identify three poisonous snakes in your area and know the precautions to take to avoid being bitten by snakes.
Requirements in PDF