Trailcraft Badge

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Outcomes

Planning is the key to safe outdoor activities. Cubs develop outdoor safety knowledge and skills, including proper preparations and planning for outdoor activities and basic survival skills. [1]

Requirements

To earn the Trailcraft Badge, complete the following requirements:

  1. In preparing for a trip, know how to do the following:
    • (a) Tell an adult where you are going and include arrival time, route and any phone numbers
    • (b) Wear clothes and shoes suitable for where you will be and the weather
    • (c) Make a "footprint" by placing a sheet of tinfoil on a towel and then stepping on it with your shoes on. Mark the foil with your name and leave with an adult so searchers can identify your footprint if needed
    • (d) Understand and use the buddy system when on trips
    • (e) List some rules for preventing getting lost, such as staying on trails and with your group
  2. Discuss and demonstrate how to do the following if lost
    • (a) Stay calm and slow down to save energy and body heat
    • (b) Keep your head and body warm and dry to avoid hypothermia
    • (c) Find a friendly place near a clearing and stay put to help searchers find you
    • (d) Make a survival shelter or bed to keep off the cold ground and stay dry.
    • (e) Avoid eating strange berries and drinking unpurified water
    • (f) Put out something bright for people to see
    • (g) Make a pattern of three signals
    • (h) Look big to airplanes by lying down in a clearing and wearing bright clothing or a coloured garbage bag
    • (i) How to be careful around bodies of water
    • (j) Yell back at any scary night noises
  3. Make a survival/first aid kit that includes among the items a high energy snack, several brightly coloured garbage bags, reflector or hand mirror and a whistle.

The Cub Book - Trailcraft Badge page

Cross-badge links

Program Suggestions

References

  1. Taken from MEASURING SUCCESS - THE SCOUTING WAY