The Outdoor Skills area, formerly referred to as Scoutcraft, teaches basic skills that every Scout should know. The merit badges in this area are designed to give Scouts confidence working outdoors. Every Scout in camp is encouraged to take at least one merit badge that is offered in this area. It is recommended that Scouts look at the requirements and review the merit badge books before coming to camp.
This area also offers several specialty and advancement programs that are very popular. In the Iron Chef Cooking competition, up to 4 teams of Scouts, with adult help (if they like), prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert. All dishes must contain the secret ingredient. Teams are judged on taste, creativity and presentation. The Totin' Chip woods tools safety class is taught to Scouts by the Outdoor Skills staff. This area also features the Human Foosball Arena - a version of table top soccer scaled up so real people can play. Come and try it for yourself!
MERIT BADGES OFFERED IN OUTDOOR SKILLS.
CAMPING - Recommended for all Scouts. Discover the skill that is camping. Learn “Leave No Trace” and “Outdoor Code” principles. Scouts should become experts in camping after this merit badge. A Scout must complete requirements 4b, 9a, 9b and 9c prior to arrival at camp. It is recommended, but not required, that a Scout complete requirements 4a, 5e, 7b, 8c, and 8d before coming to camp. Most of these requirements can be done during camp, but will be assigned as homework.
COOKING - Recommended for all Scouts, especially new campers. Learn about food safety and nutrition. Learn how to cook interesting outdoor recipes over open fires and stoves. Master the skill of menu planning and learn how to time meals properly. It is recommended that a Scout plan out all menus for requirements 3 and 5, as well as complete requirements 4, 6, and 7 prior to camp. Furthermore, all cooking done for this merit badge (as per the merit badge requirements) needs to be planned by the Scout. Consequently, all cooking done in class will be considered as a demonstration and will not count towards earning the merit badge.
FIRST AID - Recommended for all Scouts. Learn the proper ways to administer first aid to yourself or others. Practice treating a variety of injuries and learn how to recognize dangerous situations to prevent injuries from occurring. It is recommended that a Scout have all the first aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class completed before taking this merit badge. Requirement 2d (prepare a first aid kid) must be done prior to camp and brought to show the merit badge counselor at camp. Some first aid items are for sale in the trading post but it is recommended that a Scout complete their home first aid kit before camp.
GEOCACHING - Recommended for Scouts with some background knowledge in orienteering. Learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use them for geocaching. Scouts will also participate in and complete a geocaching course. A Scout must complete requirements 7, 8, and 9 before arriving at camp in order to complete this badge at camp.
ORIENTEERING - Recommended for older Scouts. Learn how to find directions with a compass or map or both. Practice your skills of compass work and create your own orienteering course. It is recommended, but not required, that a Scout complete requirements 7a and 7b prior to arriving at camp. A Scout should be prepared to hike several miles throughout the week and spend time outside of class to complete this merit badge.
PIONEERING - Recommended for older Scouts. Make useful and creative projects while mastering the skills of knots, lashings, anchoring and leverage. It is required that a Scout already have Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b and First Class requirements 7a, 7b, and 7c (all the rope related requirements), completed in order to finish the merit badge. It is also recommended that a Scout have a working knowledge of knots and lashings. Scouts should be prepared to spend time outside of class to complete this merit badge.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL - Recommended for all Scouts. Learn how to survive a night in the wilderness. Build shelters, water collection systems, light matchless fires, learn signaling methods and how to maintain a positive attitude. It is required that a Scout prepare a personal survival kit. Scouts should either make the kit prior to camp, bring supplies to camp to make a kit, or bring money to purchase additional items. Refer to the merit badge book for a list of items to develop your kit, which will need to be presented to the merit badge counselor.