Hidden Valley Scout Reservation invites Boy Scouts and Venturers to participate in the Wilderness Survival Weekend on October 27-29, 2017.
Participants may complete requirements for Wilderness Survival Merit Badge and enjoy a weekend of fun!
Upon arrival, Units must check in at Camp Headquarters.
You will need to provide your Unit Roster by patrol.
Friday, October 27th
7-9 pm: Troop sign-in at Dining Facility for SPL orientation.
Saturday, October 28th
7:30 am: SPL meeting at “Fishing Cabin” (by K1); distribute schedules
8:00-10:00 am: Merit Badge classes at Dining Facility; a multiple choice test concludes class (show, demonstrate, describe…) Scouts: Bring your Blue Card!
10:00-1:00 pm: Scouts construct shelter & eat lunch at own campsite
1:30-5:00 pm: Wilderness Skills training at “boat dock field”; scouts will rotate through stations based on schedule.
2:30-5:00 pm: “Shelter Judging Team” will visit sites and inspect shelters for prizes.
Evening: Scouts finish shelter, campfires by patrols/troops in own areas; scouts move to and sleep in shelters overnight.
Sunday, October 29th
8:00-9:00 am: Scoutmasters meet with program leader & confirm scouts slept in shelters. He will then distribute the signed blue cards to Scoutmasters. All paid participants will receive patches.
10:00 am: Wilderness Survival weekend complete; depart at will.
– Bring the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Pamphlet if working on the badge.
– Pre-Requisites: Requirement #5 – Make and bring your “personal survival kit”.
– Scouts should bring tarps, tinder, and kindling.
Current Program Point of contact: Fred Gellert – 717.701.5419
Before departing, Units must check out at Camp Headquarters. Be sure to leave camp cleaner than you found it “Leave No Trace”.
The event is limited to the first 120 Boy Scouts & Venturers who register so sign-up early.
Cost for Scouts – $15
Cost for Adults – $5
All payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable.
Wilderness Survival will be held rain or shine.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS:
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.