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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

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Instructions: Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “uncomfortable/uncertain” and 5 being “comfortable/confident”, about how you feel teaching the following rank requirements and outdoor skills:

1. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch. T2
2. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. S2b
3. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope. T4a
4. Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch. T4b
5. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. F7a
6. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together. F7b
7. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget. F7c
8. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used. F8a
9. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used. S2c
10. Use knife, saw, and ax to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire. S2d
11. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a light-weight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both S2e
12. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove. S2f
13. On a campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together. T3
14. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected. S2g
15. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout -- including one breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- that requires cooking. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs. F4a
16. Using the menu planned in above, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients. F4b
17. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals. F4c
18. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish. F4d
19. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in the assignment above. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup. F4e
20. Demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver and tell when it is used. T12a
21. Show first aid for the following: T12b
- a. Simple cuts and scratches
- b. Blisters on the hand and foot
- c. Minor burns or scalds (first degree)
- d. Bites or stings of insects and ticks
- e. Poisonous snakebite
- f. Nosebleed
- g. Frostbite and sunburn
22. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning. S6a
23. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike. S6b
24. Demonstrate first aid for the following: S6c
- a. Object in the eye
- b. Bite of a suspected rabid animal
- c. Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fish hook
- d. Serious burns (second degree)
- e. Heat exhaustion
- f. Shock
- g. Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
25. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone. F8b
26. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person: F8c
- a. From a smoke-filled room
- b. With a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards
27. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). F8d
28. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them. T11
29. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community. F6
30. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community. S5
31. Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it. T1
32. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on a highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost. T5
33. Explain why we use the buddy system in Scouting. T9
34. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean. S1a
35. Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian. (If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike" in this requirement.) S1b
25. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without a compass. F1
37. Using a compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.). F2
38. Explain the seven principles of Leave No Trace and what it takes to be a responsible user of the outdoors. Tell how Leave No Trace is everyone’s responsibility. (Although this is not a rank requirement, all Scouts and Scouters should know and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.)