Voyageur Outdoors Skills Award

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Scouts develop and enhance their outdoor knowledge and skills, with a focus on hiking and camping in a safe and environmentally friendly way. [1]


  1. Camp outdoors for a minimum of six (6) nights. (2 nights must be consecutive)
  2. Participate in two (2) hikes/outings of approximately 6 hours duration each - one may be included in the camps detailed above. One hike or outing must involve an overnight stay in the outdoors.
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of weather conditions and the hazards that can be encountered including knowledge of the causes, symptoms, signs, prevention and treatment of the following:
    1. hypothermia;
    2. hyperthermia;
    3. frostbite;
    4. sunburn/sunstroke; and
    5. dehydration.
  4. Prepare a list of basic personal equipment you require for an overnight camp. Know about its uses and maintenance.
  5. Discuss the rules and procedures your troop uses to prevent getting lost or separated from the group. Describe what you would do should you become lost or separated from your patrol.
  6. Prepare a personal emergency kit. Describe the contents and purpose of each item.
  7. Demonstrate your knowledge of environmental conditions and the hazards that can be encountered when in the outdoors by:
    1. Describing the dangers of severe storms and how to protect yourself during a lightning or hail storm or tornado, etc;
    2. Describing how to deal with biting and stinging insects when outdoors (e.g. What colours attract insects? What clothing should you wear? How to handle allergic reactions?);
    3. Describing what dangers can be encountered from wild animals when outdoors. Give examples of how you can minimize dangerous encounters (e.g. How you would react in the presence of a mother bear and her cub); and
    4. Researching what poisonous wild plants may be encountered in areas where your patrol camps. Describe the first aid treatment for one of them.
  8. Demonstrate the safe use of your troop equipment (e.g. knives, axes, saws, stoves and lanterns).
  9. Demonstrate your knowledge of maps, both road and topographical, and compass:
    1. Know the 16 points of a compass and their corresponding degrees;
    2. Know basic map symbols; and
    3. know how to take and follow compass bearings.
  10. After exploring the potential impact of outdoor activities on the environment, develop your own "Environmental Code". Share your ideas with your patrol/troop.
  11. Participate for at least a day in an environmental project of your choosing.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to lay, light and safely extinguish a fire leaving no trace.
  13. Cook a simple outdoor meal.
  14. Demonstrate how to ensure safe drinking water.
  15. Demonstrate safe campsite layout paying particular interest to fuel, equipment and food storage and fire safety.
  16. Demonstrate the ability to use 5 common knots and describe their correct use. (Knots to consider include: reef knot, locking bowline, clove hitch, sheetbend, round turn and 2 half hitches, and woven figure 8 bend.)
  17. Demonstrate knowledge of Leave No Trace philosophies.

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