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Scoutcraft Skills


Online Resource: Online Resource - Outdoor Adventure Skills - Scoutcraft Skills - Competencies

See the rest of the Outdoor Adventure Skills.

The Outdoor Adventure Skills program is an invitation for Scouts to try something new—to be outside more, testing themselves with progressive challenges while always staying within their capabilities to stay safe. In short, it’s about having life-changing experiences.

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Each Outdoor Adventure Skills pathway is divided into nine stages with a badge awarded for each stage.

Scouts from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts are encouraged to work on the stage that is appropriate for their abilities and experience.

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Check out Scoutcraft Skills by Topic for a breakdown by common topics of each stage with increasing knowledge, accomplishment, and responsibilities as stages increase. It may help in planning sessions/activities and organizing resources.


Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can hang a drying/gear line at camp with a half hitch or other knot.
  2. I can keep my mess kit clean at camp.
  3. When outdoors or at camp, I know what is drinkable (safe) and not drinkable (unsafe) water and to check with a Scouter when I am unsure.
  4. I know why it is important to stick to trails when outdoors.
  5. I know three reasons for having a shelter when sleeping outdoors.
  6. I can name three wildflowers by direct observation in a wild field, bush or forest.
  7. I can gather dry burnable wood for a fire.
  8. I know to tell adults where I am going when outdoors.
  9. I know how to keep a camp clean.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 2 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can tie a reef knot, a round turn and two half-hitch knots.
  2. I can cook a foil-wrapped meal in a fire.
  3. I know how much water I should carry when on a hike or taking part in an outdoor activity, and I know how to carry the water.
  4. I know what natural shelter materials or locations are to keep out of the wind, rain, sun and snow.
  5. I can identify four types of trees by direct observation in a wild field, bush or forest.
  6. I have helped light a fire using only natural fire starter materials found in the forest, and I know the safety rules for when around a campfire.
  7. I know why it is important to use a buddy system when traveling in the forest.
  8. I know the rules for hygiene at camp (for eating and preparing food).

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 3 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can tie a half hitch, clove hitch and a fisherman’s knot.
  2. I can cook a meal on a camp stove.
  3. I can use a shovel to build a camp greywater sump pit and close the pit when finished.
  4. I have boiled water over a campfire and know the safety precautions around fires and hot pots.
  5. I know the first aid treatment for burns from hot water, grease and food.
  6. I have used a compass to walk on a bearing.
  7. I can make a personal shelter out of plastic sheeting and rope.
  8. I can identify three wild animal tracks.
  9. I can lay and start a fire using no tools—only matches and natural materials found in the forest.
  10. I have put together a personal outdoor survival kit.
  11. I know what makes a comfortable and safe place for a sleeping shelter/site.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 4 Competencies & Requirements

  1. As part of a team, I have completed a Scoutcraft project using at least a square lashing to join two poles at right angles.
  2. I can tie a figure eight, bowline, trucker’s hitch and sheet bend, and whip the end of a rope.
  3. I can cook over a fire to roast and bake food items.
  4. I can use a knife safely (opening, closing, passing, cleaning, caring for) and have earned my knife permit.
  5. I know how to disinfect water for drinking.
  6. I can establish the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) without a magnetic compass or any electronic means.
  7. I can build a personal sleeping shelter out of snow or any other natural materials.
  8. I can safely identify three edible wild plants. (Note: Scouters must approve all plants before they are consumed by Scouts.)
  9. I can quickly (under 5 minutes) build an emergency warming fire for a group of three persons without using tools (only matches).
  10. I know what to do if lost and alone outdoors with no constructed shelter available.
  11. I can set up a tree food hang to protect my food from animals.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 5 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have built a lean-to shelter and an A-frame sleeping tripod shelter, using wood and tied with four lashing knots: square, diagonal, tripod and shear lashings.
  2. I have cooked with cast iron cookware (or substitute cookware materials) by placing cookware in the fire/coals as well as on top of the fire/coals.
  3. I know how to use a camp axe and camp folding or bow saw safely (opening, closing, passing, cleaning, caring for, sharpening, cutting) and have obtained the appropriate permits for these.
  4. I have maintained and used a commercial backpacking portable water treatment device and know the limitations, advantages and disadvantages of these devices.
  5. I have navigated, all off trail, 3 km to a predetermined fixed point in a wilderness area using a magnetic compass bearing.
  6. I have built and slept out at least two nights in a shelter big enough for three persons and made of only natural materials found outdoors and rope.
  7. I have caught, cleaned and cooked a fish over a campfire.
  8. I have laid and lit a teepee fire, pyramid fire, star fire and reflector fire.
  9. I have built an improvised stretcher out of rope, overnight backpacking camping equipment and natural materials found outdoors.
  10. I have dehydrated 1000 calories of food and taken it on a camping trip as my trail snack for two days.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have built a usable Burma/Monkey bridge.
  2. I have built and cooked on a personal-sized stove only made out of tin cans, wax, candle wicks and cardboard (a buddy stove).
  3. Using a knife and axe, I have prepared a 10-person campfire with tinder, kindling and fuel logs gathered from a forest floor. The fire burned for 5 hours with all wood gathered before the fire was lit (no gathering additional fire wood once the fire is lit and burning).
  4. I have built a solar still and collected at least one cup of drinking water from the still.
  5. I have navigated to and found 10 geocache locations.
  6. I have constructed and slept two nights in an igloo, quinzee or trench snow shelter capable of sleeping three persons.
  7. I have identified 15 bird species in the wild using a written birding record journal.
  8. I can light a fire using only mechanical means (flint and steel, ferrocerium striker or friction-i.e. bow and drill).
  9. I know how to send a signal for help, without any electronic means, in four different ways that can be observed by air searchers.
  10. From wood I have not harvested from a live source, I have carved and used my own hiking “Scout” staff on a trail hike.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

  1. Using spars (poles) and rope, I have constructed a 3m-high tower or a bridge over a 3m span.
  2. I have taught five knots to younger Scout members.
  3. I have made a vagabond/tin can stove and cooked a personal camp meal on it.
  4. I can construct a 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1 rope pulley system to raise or move loads or tension lines.
  5. I have made newspapers fire logs and/or bricks, sufficient to have a three-hour warming fire indoors in a stove or fireplace or outside with a campfire.
  6. I can identify the poisonous living organisms, animals and plants in Canada.
  7. I have made and used a solar snow melt reflector or absorber to melt enough snow to generate 2 litres of drinking water.
  8. Using a topographic map and magnetic compass, I have taught younger Scouts to determine their location on a map and to make their way to another location on a map.
  9. I have organized a Scout group and participated in five days of trail or tent campsite construction/maintenance/cleanup work.
  10. I can make a marine rescue Mayday radio call using the required procedures and voice script.
  11. I have constructed and used an improvised or commercial solar shower at camp or on a camping trip.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 8 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can backsplice, short splice and eye splice a three-strand rope.
  2. I can cook a complete campout meal using only improvised natural cooking surfaces and devices (cooking only using flat stones, wood planks, cooking cranes/hooks, spits, covered pits/trenches).
  3. I have carved cooking and eating spoons and a bowl with a knife/carving tools and wood.
  4. I have given a lesson to Scout youth on obtaining drinkable water in the wilderness all year round.
  5. I can find the North Star and identify four of the constellations in the northern sky.
  6. With only materials found in the forest, rope and plastic sheeting, I have built a 10-person campout dinning shelter, protected on all side from the weather.
  7. I have observed (and photographed as proof) a total of 15 North American mammals, reptiles or amphibians in the wild.
  8. Using only natural materials, I can light and maintain a fire in falling rain or falling snow conditions.
  9. I know how to set up and lead a ground search exercise for a missing person using a hasty search and a grid search, all in an area of a minimum of 2 km2 in size.
  10. I have made 4 metres of 3-strand cordage from only natural plant products found outdoors.

Scoutcraft Skills - Stage 9 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have built a large temporary pole and lashing “gateway” entrance (with flag pole) for a jamboree or campout activity site.
  2. Using only wood as a fuel source, I have built a reflector camp oven and cooked a meal for a minimum of five persons, including both roasted and baked food preparation.
  3. I know all the safety techniques, operating procedures, personal protective equipment and hazard identification/defence for chainsaw use to both fell a tree and buck up downed wood.
  4. I have built and used an improvised potable water filter.
  5. Using GPS devices, I have set up and facilitated a ten-station outdoor orienteering course activity for Scouts.
  6. I have planted a minimum of 100 new trees.
  7. I have built and used a Leave No Trace warming fire for 10 persons for three hours.
  8. I have led a team on an evacuation simulation exercise of a victim being carried out on at the minimum 3 km of trail using only an improvised stretcher (Note: It is expected youth to have training in wilderness first aid before undertaking this activity).
  9. I have run a field camp kitchen for two days or more, for a Cub Scout (or younger) group.