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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009
Could you earn a merit badge in wilderness travel? Better ace this test, taken straight from the Scouts' own backpacking manual.
14. The difference between a true north line and the direction that a magnetic compass needle points is called ____?
15. The first thing to fail on a tent is usually the:
16. "Smellable items," or things with an odor that could entice a bear to enter your tent, include everything except: a. dried salmon
d. dirty socks
e. Wet Wipes
17. When planning a route, expect to travel no faster than:
a. 10 miles per day
b. The slowest hiker in your group
c. 2 miles per hour
d. Your scoutmaster
18. In order to earn a Backpacking merit badge, which of the following is not required?
a. Demonstrate two ways to treat water and explain why this is essential
b. Describe a good campsite
c. Do a solo overnight at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
d. Plan and go on a five-day, 30-mile backpacking trip
19. Consult a doctor if a tick has been embedded in your skin longer than: a. one minute
b. 12 hours
c. 24 hours
d. 3 days
20. True or False? A hybrid tent is one that was made by two different designers.
21. The best way to assure your drinking water is safe is to:
a. boil it
b. sip only the water
you brought from home
c. filter it
d. add iodine
22. True or False? If you apply ice to a snakebite, it will hurt less and heal faster.
23. For any trek, your pack should weigh no more than ____ percent of your body weight.
24. Which is warmer on a winter backpacking trip: a tent or a snowcave?
25. True or false? New studies show that bear spray, if applied to your clothes and backpack two hours before hiking, is the most effective way to ward off grizzlies.
26. A person suffering from heat exhaustion can take ____ (12-24 or 24-48) hours to recover.
27. Which of the following is not part of the Boy Scout Oath:
a. to help other people at all times
b. to be physically strong
c. to be morally straight
d. to be clean shaven always
e. to be mentally awake