Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for wilderness survival are done in these areas and will make the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered, or a fun Patrol or Troop merit badge activity.

If you like the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge, consider also doing Bird Study, Camping, Fish and Wildlife Management, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Plant Science, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Signs, Signals, and Codes, or Weather.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday May 14, 2011

Rum River Scout Camp
Ramsey, MN


10 Scouts

Saturday May 1, 2010

Rum River Scout Camp
Ramsey, MN


12 Scouts








Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Wilderness Survival Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards

b. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebites


2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor


3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important


4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:

a. Cold and snowy

b. Wet (forest)

c. Hot and dry (desert)

d. Windy (mountains or plains)

e. Water (ocean, lake, or river)


5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful


6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires


7. Do the following:

a. Show five different ways to attract attention when lost

b. Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror

c. Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean


8. Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter


9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears


10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking


11. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and in extremely cold weather


12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015