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MB Requirements Checklist
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Merit Badge:Backpacking MB
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Counselor:Andy Steere
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Date:Flaming Gorge 2016
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Requirements
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11Discuss the prevention of and treatment for the health concerns that could occur while backpacking, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, and blisters.
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2 2aList 10 items that are essential to be carried on any backpacking trek and explain why each item is necessary.
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32bDescribe 10 ways you can limit the weight and bulk to be carried in your pack without jeopardizing your health or safety.
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4 3aDefine limits on the number of backpackers appropriate for a trek crew.
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53bDescribe how a trek crew should be organized.
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6 3cTell how you would minimize risk on a backpacking trek.
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73dExplain the purpose of an emergency response plan.
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8 4aDescribe the importance of using Leave No Trace principles while backpacking, and at least five ways you can lessen the crew’s impact on the environment.
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94bDescribe proper methods of handling human and other wastes while on a backpacking trek. Describe the importance of and means to assure personal cleanliness while on a backpacking trek.
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10 4cTell what factors are important in choosing a campsite.
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115aDemonstrate two ways to treat water and tell why water treatment is essential.
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12 5bExplain to your counselor the importance of staying well hydrated during a trek.
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136aDemonstrate that you can read topographic maps.
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14 6bWhile on a trek, use a map and compass to establish your position on the ground at three different locations, OR use a GPS receiver to establish your position on a topographic map and on the ground at three different locations.
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156cExplain how to stay found, and what to do if you get lost.
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16 7Tell how to prepare properly for and deal with inclement weather.
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178aExplain the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of backpacking stoves using at least three different types of fuel.
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18 8bDemonstrate that you know how to operate a backpacking stove safely and to handle liquid fuel safely.
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198cPrepare at least three meals using a stove and fuel you can carry in a backpack.
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20 8dDemonstrate that you know how to keep cooking and eating gear clean and sanitary and that you practice proper methods for food storage while on a backpacking trek.
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219aWrite a plan that includes a schedule for a patrol/crew backpacking hike of at least 2 miles.
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22 9bConduct a prehike inspection of the patrol and its equipment.
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239cShow that you know how to properly pack your personal gear and your share of the crew’s gear and food.
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24 9dShow you can properly shoulder your pack and adjust it for proper wear.
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259eWhile using the plan you developed for requirement 9a, carry your fully loaded pack to complete a hike of at least 2 miles.
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10Using Leave No Trace principles, participate in at least three backpacking treks of at least three days each and at least 15 miles each, and using at least two different campsites on each trek. Carry everything you will need throughout the trek.
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11aWrite a plan for a backpacking trek of at least five days using at least three different campsites and covering at least 30 miles. Your plan must include a description of and route to the trek area, a schedule (including a daily schedule), a list of food and equipment needs, a safety and emergency plan, and a budget.
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11bUsing Leave No Trace principles, take the trek planned and, while on the trek, complete at least one service project approved by your merit badge counselor.
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11cKeep a daily journal during the trek that includes a day-by-day description of you activities, including notes about what worked well and thoughts about improvements that could be made for the next trek.
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