Skill Level:  2
Category: Recreation
Original Honor:  1986

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Originating Institution:  General Conference



1. Discuss with your instructor the meaning of the motto: “Take nothing but pictures  and leave nothing but footprints.”

2. Know the essentials of proper clothing, shoes, and rain gear to use in backpacking.

3. Know the principles in selecting a good quality backpack. In an emergency, what  might be used in place of a backpack?

4. Know the essential items to be taken on a backpack trip.

5. What kind of sleeping bag and pad are best for your camping area? Know at least  three kinds of each that are available.

6. Know how to pack a backpack properly.

7. What types of food are best for backpacking? Visit a grocery store and list the  foods found there that are suitable for backpacking. With your instructor, do the  following:
 a. Prepare a menu for a weekend backpack trip using foods obtained from a  grocery store.
 b. Learn the techniques of measuring, packaging and labeling backpack foods  for your trip.
 c. Make a trail snack.

8. Know the prevention and symptoms of and the first aid for:
 a. Sunburn f. Heat exhaustion
 b. Blisters g. Snake bite
 c. Frostbite h. Cramps
 d. Hypothermia i. Dehydration
 e. Heat stroke

9. Have a first aid kit in your backpack and know how to use it.

10. According to your weight, what is the maximum number of pounds you should be  allowed to carry?

11. Know three ways to find direction without a compass. Demonstrate at least two.

12. Show the proper way to put on and take off a backpack alone and with a partner.

13. Participate in a weekend backpack trip of at least five miles (8 km) to a site not  accessible by a vehicle and cook your own meals.