Scout Outdoor Essentials

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The Scout Outdoor Essentials, as practiced by the Boy Scouts of America, are a list of ten items that should be brought by each individual to any outdoor activity, such as camping or hiking. The origins of the list derive from the Ten Essentials listed in the climbing course taught by the Mountaineering Club since the 1930s.

Different levels of Scouting have different lists of essentials, and a different number of items. The differences come from an effort to use appropriate items for each age.[1]

Boy Scout Essentials

As listed in the Eleventh Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, they are:

Webelos Scout Essentials

The 2003 edition of the Webelos Handbook lists these items as the "Outdoor Essentials".[3] This list is part of the additional information for the Outdoorsman activity Badge.

  1. First aid kit
  2. Filled water bottle
  3. Flashlight
  4. Trail food
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Whistle
  7. Map and Compass
  8. Rain gear
  9. pocketknife
  10. Matches or fire starters.

Bear Cub Scout Essentials

The 2003 edition of the Cub Scout Bear Handbook lists these items as the "Outdoor Essentials".[4] This list is one of the requirements for the "Let's Go Camping" elective, #25.

  1. First aid kit
  2. Filled water bottle
  3. Flashlight
  4. Trail food
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Whistle
  7. Map and Compass
  8. Rain gear
  9. Pocket knife
  10. Matches or fire starters.

Wolf Cub Scout Essentials

The 2003 edition of the Cub Scout Wolf Handbook lists these items as the "Eight Essentials" .[5] This list is detailed in requirement b for the "Let's Go Camping" elective, #25. Wolf Cub Scouts are cautioned to "Always take these eight essentials:"

  1. First aid kit
  2. Filled water bottle
  3. Flashlight
  4. Trail food
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Whistle
  7. Rain gear
  8. Matches

See also

References

  1. ^ Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
  2. ^ Boy Scout Handbook. Boy Scouts Of America. 2016. p. 239. 
  3. ^ Cub Scout Webelos Handbook, 2006 printing, Boy Scouts of America, pages 363, (2003), ISBN 0-8395-3452-3
  4. ^ Cub Scout Bear Handbook, 2005 printing, Boy Scouts of America, pages 277, (2003), ISBN 0-8395-3451-5
  5. ^ Cub Scout Wolf Handbook, 2004 printing, Boy Scouts of America, pages 222, (2003), ISBN 0-8395-3450-7

External links

  • "Boy Scout Handbook". 
  • Scoutstuff.org - The Official BSA Supply website
  • Webelos Outdoorsman activity badge on MeritBadge.Org
  • Scouting Magazine article on The 10 Essentials
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