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Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Wilderness Survival Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Wilderness Survival merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigate hazards
Lessen hazards
Requirement 1 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.
Heat reactions
Insect stings
Tick bites
Requirement 2: From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
Most important priority and why it's important
Second most important priority and why it's important
Next priority and why it's important
Next priority and why it's important
Next priority and why it's important
Next priority and why it's important
Least important priority and why it's still important
Requirement 3: Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
Requirement 4: Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following exposure conditions:
Requirement 4 a: Cold and snowy
Requirement 4 b: Wet
Requirement 4 c: Hot and dry
Requirement 4 d: Windy
Requirement 4 e: At or on the water
Requirement 5: Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful.
Assembled a personal survival kit
Explain how each item could be useful
Requirement 6: Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
First method
Second method
Third method
Requirement 7: Do the following:
Requirement 7 a: Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
Requirement 7 b: Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
Requirement 7 c: Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 9: Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, bears, and other animals of the local region.
Requirement 10: Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
First method
Second method
Third method
Requirement 11: Show that you know the proper clothing to wear while in the outdoors during extremely hot and cold weather and during wet conditions.
Requirement 12: Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.