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Backpacking - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Backpacking Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Backpacking merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Backpacking - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these online class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky American Business Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Backpacking Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Backpacking Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS MAY TAKE PLACE OUTDOORS AND SCOUTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH OUTDOOR GEAR APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIME OF YEAR AND FORECASTED WEATHER CONDITIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR USE SPECIFIC TO THIS MERIT BADGE THAT SCOUTS SHOULD HAVE FOR THE CLASS.

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:

(a)

List 10 items that are essential to be carried on any backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.

(b)

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:

(a)

Define limits on the number of backpackers appropriate for a trek crew.

(b)

Describe how a trek crew should be organized.

(c)

Tell how you would minimize risk on a backpacking trek.

(d)

Explain the purpose of an emergency response plan.

4.

Do the following:

(a)

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.

(b)

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.

(c)

Tell what factors are important in choosing a campsite.

5.

Do the following:

(a)

Demonstrate two ways to treat water and tell why water treatment is essential.

This requirement component will NOT be covered in the class, however, Scouts will have the opportunity to deomnstrate their ability to treat water and tell why water treatment is essential, if they have the proper items for demonstration. Scouts able to demonstrate (meaning with the equipment and/or means to do so) will have the opportunity to share their preparation with the counselor / instructore during the class for consideration.

(b)

Explain to your counselor the importance of staying well-hydrated during a trek.

While this requirement will be covered in the class, Scouts should still prepare by understanding the basics of each component in this requirement by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet and being prepared to explain their findings with the counselor..

6.

Do the following:

(a)

Demonstrate that you can read topographic maps.

This requirement component will be covered in the class.

Scouts should come to the class with the appropriate materials to share and demonstrate their ability to read a topographic map.

(b)

While on a trek, use a map and compass to establish your position on the ground at three different locations, OR use a GPS receiver to establish your position on a topographic map and on the ground at three different locations.

This requirement component will be covered in the class.

This requirement component will NOT be covered in the class.

(c)

Explain how to stay found, and what to do if you get lost.

While it is planned to cover this requirement component during the class, Scouts should be prepared to share with the counselor / instructor any experiences they have during their Scouts BSA tenure that may apply already completed with this requirement for completion of this component of the requirement. It is not guaranteed that Scout will complete this requirement during the class, but every effort will be made to do so.

7.

Tell how to prepare properly for and deal with inclement weather.

8.

Do the following:

(a)

Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of backpacking stoves using at least three different types of fuel.

(b)

Demonstrate that you know how to operate a backpacking stove safely and to handle liquid fuel safely.

(c)

Prepare at least three meals using a stove and fuel you can carry in a backpack.

(d)

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:

(a)

Write a plan that includes a schedule for a patrol/crew backpacking hike of at least 2 miles.

(b)

Conduct a prehike inspection of the patrol and its equipment.

(c)

Show that you know how to properly pack your personal gear and your share of the crew's gear and food.

(d)

Show that you can properly shoulder your pack and adjust it for proper wear.

(e)

While using the plan you developed for requirement 9a, carry your fully loaded pack to 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 on each trek. Carry everything you will need throughout the trek.

11.

Do the following:

(a)

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.

(b)

Using Leave No Trace principles, take the trek you have planned and, while on the trek, complete at least one service project approved by your merit badge counselor.

(c)

Keep a daily journal during the trek that includes a day-by-day description of you activities, including notes about what worked well and thoughts about improvements that could be made for the next trek.