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Wilderness Survival Merit Badge / Shoebox Camping-September 24th and 9/29-1...

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Who: Boy Scouts who like “Out of the Box” adventure who wish to put their outdoor skills to the test and earn Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.

What: This will be a “one of a kind” Camping trip that you will not want to miss…. We will complete the class room portion on Sunday, September 24th and then the following weekend put our skills to the test with a “Shoe Box” Camping Trip with earning Wilderness Survival MB.

What you will learn…….You will create survival kit that is limited to what will fit in a shoe box (No boot or high-top tennis shoe box – regular size!). You will learn what needs to be included in that kit and don’t forget you will be working as patrols. You will learn the skills required to survive in the wilderness; First Aid Review, Seven Priorities of Wilderness Survival, Building Survival Shelters, Building Fires w/o matches, Signaling for Help (Ground & Air), Methods of Securing Safe Potable Water, etc.

You will be put to the test on the “Shoe Box” camping trip…….In normal Troop 171 fashion - You will demonstrate what you learned by surviving out of your Shoe Box and competing as patrols. You will sleep in survival shelters Friday night. You will wake up Saturday morning and go through stations during the day. Like a camporee, at each station, you will be demonstrating each of the skills you have learned. You will be graded how you function as a patrol and your performance at each station, including an inspection and grading of your survival shelters. At a designated time, you will stop what you a doing to prepare your signal for a plane passing overhead. The pilot and spotter in the plane will grade your patrol on your signal’s effectiveness from the ground.

The activities will conclude at base camp Saturday evening where a hardy meal will be provided by your AW grab master and concluding campfire with contest results, don’t forget songs and skits. Should you wish Saturday night you may sleep in a tent with a sleeping bag – that will be packed separately.

When: Class Room portion of the Merit Badge: Sunday, September 24th, 2 - 7 PM.

Shoe Box Camping Trip: Leave: Friday, September 29th @ 5 pm – Return: Sunday, October 1 @ 11 AM.

Where: Local Farm – this is a surprise, don’t want you too prepared.

Contact: Frank Banzhof, Asst. SM Troop 171 @ 828-449-5477 or

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