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Outdoor Skills

The Outdoor Skills Department at Seven Ranges stands as one of the most progressive and interesting departments at camp. Over the past few years, with the initiative of the Outdoor Skills staff, the department has undergone a complete facelift. Although it still includes all the old programs, which lie at the heart of Scouting’s outdoor camping program, the department has expanded to include many new issues that address modern camping enthusiasts. These include, but are not limited to, the Leave No Trace standards of outdoor ethics as well as instruction for unit leaders on how to take their units into the backcountry safely with the Trek Safely certification.

Even with these additions, the Outdoor Skills Department remains dedicated to ensuring the highest level of quality in the instruction of all Scoutcraft skills. Those include camping, cooking, knots, splices and lashings, fire building, survival skills, wood tool skills, orienteering and much, much more. The Jones Outdoor Skills Lodge serves as the headquarters for the Outdoor Skills program area.

Merit Badges and Certifications

First Aid Merit Badge meets at the Netawotwes Pavilion (near the main parking lot).

Totin’ Chip / Firem’n Chit / Chemical Fuel Chit

The Totin’ Chip certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use wood tools while Firem’n Chit grants a Scout the right to carry matches and build campfires. Outdoor Skills Staff will instruct a course for Troop instructors of these certifications or for individual Scouts needing certification, by appointment.

Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award

This is an award open to both youth and adults. Those wishing to work on this award must have and instruct Totin-Chip at camp in the presence of an Outdoor Skills Department staff member.
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Learning Outdoor Survival Techniques (L.O.S.T.)

2013 brings the return of our L.O.S.T. program at Seven Ranges. This program is designed for older Scouts that are seeking an additional outdoor challenge at Summer Camp. Participants will gather after Monday Breakfast for orientation and depart on their adventure immediately following Monday Lunch. Scouts will return for Thursday Lunch.

This program will test the participant’s ability to succeed in various survival situations.

While participating in this program Scouts will complete the requirements for Wilderness Survival, Cooking, and Geocaching Merit Badges. The L.O.S.T. Staff will also be instructing more advanced topics such as LNT, edible plants/fungi, team building, orienteering/GPS, advanced fire building and more. Scouts should be 13 or older and have completed the 1st Class Rank to participate in L.O.S.T.. Scouts seeking a challenge above and beyond the “normal” summer camp experience are encouraged to participate, even if they’ve already earned the included merit badges. Scouts will have the opportunity to complete the requirements for their Pipestone while participating in L.O.S.T. Adult participation in this program is encouraged, however please coordinate this with the L.O.S.T. staff at the Sunday Leader Meeting. See the “Merit Badge Prerequisites” section for pre-camp requirements.


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