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Survival Skills Activity Badge – Scout



The Scout Survival Skills Activity Badge is sponsored by Victorinox. A new series of resources have been developed with Victorinox and Scout Leader bushcraft experts. It aims to give Scouts the information and guidance needed when working towards their Scout Survival Skills badge.

How to earn your badge

  1. Show that you know:
    • basic knife or multi-tool skills, including safety and sharpening
    • first aid treatment you may need to use while on a survival event, considering you may have limited resources available
    • how to construct different kinds of shelter
    • how to build a fire and use basic lighting techniques. You should not use man-made materials such as paper or firelighters.
    • the various burning qualities of different woods
    • how to maintain hygiene in a survival situation
    • the correct use of international distress signals, using a whistle, torch, mirror or markers
    • some basic actions to take while waiting rescue that will both keep you (and your group) safe and will assist your rescuers in locating you.
  2. Put together a personal survival kit.
  3. With a group of at least three Scouts, take part in a survival exercise. It should last about 24 hours and the group should:
    • construct a shelter of natural or salvaged materials and sleep in it
    • prepare a meal using raw ingredients that could have been found or caught
    • cook all meals over an open fire
    • cook without utensils, although you may use a knife.



Every individual  who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely  acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.


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