SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Outdoor Plus Challenge


To atain the Outdoor Plus Challenge, the Scout must complete the following:

-hold the Outdoor Challenge

-have spent at least eight nights away as a Scout, four of which must be camping

-take an active part in a further camp of at least two nights, which should include many of the following:

- lead a group of Scouts in the setting up of a well-organised site that includes sleeping tents, food and equipment stores, fire/stove, kitchen and eating area

- plan a balanced menu for a short camp

- show how to use an axe or a saw or both safely

- lead the cooking of a meal for the group

- show knowledge of the safety precautions for the correct use of lamps and stoves - cook a backwoods meal with the group

- build a working camp gadget, such as an altar fire, camp oven or gateway to a campsite

- take a leading role in the construction of a pioneering project

- build a bivouac and sleep in it.

This list gives an idea of the type and style of the activities that the residential experience should include. Depending on the activity, there may be extra ideas that could be included, which can be discussed in the Troop Forum.

As well as the above requirements, the Scout will need to demonstrate knowledge of emergency aid for the outdoors, and will have to:

- demonstrate mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using a simulator

- know how and when to put a patient in the recovery position

- know how to recognise and treat fractures and severe bleeding

- know how to use direct pressure to stop bleeding

- demonstrate an awareness of the dangers of temperature extremes, such as sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and hypothermia, and know how to prevent and treat them.