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Detailed Adventure Skills Stages Requirements

Stage 1 I know what kinds of clothes to wear when going out into nature.
  I know how to prepare food for cooking.
  I know what a basic survival kit should contain.
  I know how to behave safely around fires
  I know how to use hand tools safely
  I can build a simple shelter
  I have participated in at least two backwoods activities
   
Stage 2 I know how to prepare food for cooking
  I know what a basic survival kit should contain
  I know how to behave safely around fires
  I know how to use hand tools safely
  I can build a simple shelter
  I know how cook some food using tin foil instead of pots and pans.
  I know the important things to remember when building a simple shelter using plastic sheeting.
  I know how to treat simple cuts and scratches in a hygienic way
  I know how to set up a fireplace and assist in fire lighting.
  I can prepare and cook food properly in backwoods conditions
  I know about food hygiene in the outdoors
  I can use hand tools correctly
  I have attended at least an additional two backwoods activities
   
Stage 3 I know how different weather conditions can affect a backwoods activity.
  I know how to get help when someone is in trouble
  I know the main principles of "Leave No Trace"
  I can build a shelter for six people
  I can use camp tools safely on camp
  I know about food storage
  I can light a fire using natural tinder, fuzz sticks and matches.
  I can make a simple fish hook
  I can prepare my own survival kit
  I can teach another Scout about preparing a survival kit
  I have attended at least an additional three backwoods activities.
   
Stage 4 I know what equipment I need to bring with me on a backwoods activity.
  I know how to set up a tarp bivvy shelter suitable for two people.
  I know how to prepare a fire place and light and maintain a fire using minimum resources.
  I can make simple containers using natural materials
  I know how to treat cuts and minor burns.
  I can make camp bread such as twists and scones.
  I know about nature and what you are likely to see and experience as part of a backwoods activity
  I can find directions by using star constellations and the sun/watch method.
  I have attended at least one backwoods based overnight activity.
   
Stage 5 I know how to use and care for tools of all kinds safely.
  I know how to build a backwoods shelter using natural materials and how to return this material to nature.
  I know how to cook a variety of foods using different backwoods methods.
  I know the safety considerations that are necessary before embarking on any activity or adventure.
  I can make a length of cordage using naturally found fibers.
  I can light a fire using flint and steel.
  I can make myself comfortable on an overnight backwoods adventure using available natural materials.
  I can carve a wooden spoon from a piece of wood.
  I have attended backwoods based activities lasting at least two nights.
   
Stage 6 I know what Team and personal equipment is necessary for a successful backwoods activity.
  I know all of the elements of the "Leave no Trace" programme.
  I can identify edible fruits and berries that are found in nature.
  I can prepare the foods I find in nature for cooking
  I can find my way using natural direction indicators
  I can catch and prepare a fish for cooking
  I have led at least one backwoods activity
   
Stage 7 I know a number of ways of constructing shelters and bivvys
  I know the likely hazards that may be present in woodland and open countryside.
  I know how to light and maintain a fire using friction methods.
  I know how to live in the countryside without disturbing the balance of nature in any way.
  I know how to make utensils by carving and by other methods
  I can cook a meal without using common utensils
  I have led at least one overnight backwoods or survival based activity.
   
Stage 8 I know a number of ways of constructing shelters capable of being used for a number of nights.
  I know how to prepare, cook and store food in backwoods conditions.
  I know the different edible foods that can be eaten safely in the wilds.
  I hold a first aid certificate (outdoor) or equivalent REC 3.
  I know how to make a variety of tools, and useful gadgets to survive in nature over a period of time.
  I can live comfortably in a number of different natural situations, with minimal equipment.
  I have led at least three backwoods adventures
  I have participated in a survival weekend activity
   
Stage 9 I have run at least two backwoods skills training sessions for my Scout Group/County.
  I have participated in a survival activity outside my usual Scouting environment.