BSA Portland Oregon - Troop 22 Guidebook BSA Portland Oregon - Troop 22 Guidebook - Page 5

40 , !%*"# "!%) The Boy Scout Camping Essentials, as listed in the Twelfth Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook are: · A Pocket Knife or Multi-Purpose Tool can come in handy in a wide variety of situations. It is useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. · A First-Aid Kit can be a lifesaver. A basic kit for first aid might include adhesive bandages, medical tape, sterile gauze, moleskin, soap, antiseptic, a mouth-barrier device for CPR, and scissors. · Extra Clothing to match the weather, including a Survival Blanket . Multiple layers are superior to a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures. Wool and Polypropylene are great insulators and can keep you warm even when wet. · Rain Gear – like a Poncho - is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition. · A Flashlight is, of course, important for finding one's way at night. · Emergency Food is needed for maintaining energy. However, the human body can reportedly survive for weeks without food, so starving to death should be the least of your worries if you become lost in the wilderness or in a survival situation. · Water is probably the most important of the Boy Scout Camping Essentials. Dehydration may develop into heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The human body may only survive for a few days without water. Portable water purifiers and water stills may be used to obtain potable water from virtually any source. If a water source is unavailable the use of a dromedary bag should be considered. · Matches or a Fire Starter – like a Hot Spark , or Flint & Steel may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling purposes · Sun Protection may include sun block, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat. Used properly, it will prevent sunburn and possibly heat exhaustion. · Map & Compass are probably the most important tools one can carry in case of getting lost, but they won't be of any use to someone who does not know how to use them. In knowledgeable hands, they can be used to determine one's location and the best route to reach another location. It is important one learn their application and use. We urge all of our Families to “Be Prepared” in case of an emergency. The Red Cross recommends the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Pamphlet as a reference guide to prepare your family for any Natural Disaster, Weather Emergency or situation that warrants survival during unforeseen circumstances. The Boy Scout Camping Essentials are a great example of what is needed in a “Grab-n-Go Kit” when traveling in your car, away from home, or just going about your daily business. To accomplish these three aims, we practice the eight – !$ !"# $%) The ideals of the Boy Scouts of America are spelled out in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Outdoor Code, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan. Scouts, Registered Adult Leaders, and Adult Volunteers who incorporate these ideals into their daily lives are said to have Scout Spirit   %!) The Boy Scout troop is made up of Patrols. The patrol is a Scout's "family circle." Each Patrol helps its members develop a sense of pride and identity. The boys themselves elect their Patrol Leader(s), divide up the jobs to be done, share in the satisfaction of accepting and fulfilling group responsibilities, learn new skills, and work on individual advancement together. !$ Boys join Scouting for the challenge, excitement, and the fun of Camping, Hiking, and High Adventure tm that they can only experience outdoors. It is outdoors that Scouts learn to share responsibilities, and to live and work together. It is here that they apply the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings. $(%""! The Boy Scouts of America believes that a boy should receive recognition for his achievements. The requirements for advancing through the Ranks of Tenderfoot Scout, Second Class Scout, and First Class Scout help to prepare boys to experience all that Scouting has to offer. Earning Merit Badges allows them to explore many fields, helps them round out their skills, and perhaps introduce them to subjects that will become lifelong interests and maybe even exciting future careers. The opportunity to advance teaches boys the importance of setting positive goals and objectives needed to cope with the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. The demands of advancing to Star Scout, Life Scout, and Eagle Scout require that they focus upon service to others and developing important leadership skills. $ )!%!" Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults interact together. Registered Adult Scout Leaders are positive role models for the young men as they mature, in the Boy Scout Troop. It is important for the boy’s to be exposed to Adults that exemplify Good Character Role Models, especially as they learn and grow in their Patrol, and Troop Community.