Outdoor Survival is a Junior Badge from the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Council.
Purpose: To educate girls not only to survive if need be, but to plant within them the seed of respect, appreciation, and understanding for nature and the wilderness in an unforeseen situation. Earning the Junior Girl Scout First Aid Badge (not required to earn the Outdoor Survival Badge) is highly recommended.
Complete requirements 1 through 4, and pick two from the remaining requirements.
- Learn or explain what S.T.P. means in the treatment of first aid.
- Learn the five basic needs required in survival and how to apply them to two different survival conditions.
- With your troop,
- Learn to identify five edible plants in your area, give a description of each and what season it is best to eat or not to eat. Understand in which manner the plant part is edible and how it is prepared for eating or drinking.
- Learn what amphibians, birds, fish, insects, reptiles, rodents, are edible. Name at least five edible animals that can be found in your region. Optional: How they would be captured and prepared.
- Identify five poisonous plants that cause internal poisoning and list treatments and symptoms for them. Identify three contact poison plants and their treatment.
- With other girls
- Learn techniques for building several different types of shelters, keeping in mind materials available, season and location. Construct a shelter
- Learn different ways to light a fire without the use of a match. Build a fire without the use of a match and maintain it.
- Learn different ways to collect water. Learn to build/make a solar still, try to collect some water in it. Learn two different ways to purify water. Find out what will happen to your body if loss of water exceeds intake. List the symptoms that result.
- Learn how to read and orient yourself on a map.
- Learn why it is important to file a hike, travel, or flight plan.
- Learn several signaling methods and describe how to use them for survival.
- Put together a survival kit and first aid gear and know why each item is needed.
- Talk with someone in your community about the part they play in the survival of someone lost. This can be a Forest Ranger, Search and Rescue Squad member, or Air Patrol member.
- Teach a group one of the new survival skills you have learned.