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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009

The Boy Scout Quiz

Could you earn a merit badge in wilderness travel? Better ace this test, taken straight from the Scouts' own backpacking manual.

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(Photo by Hunter Wilson)

Boy Scouts vs. 3 BACKPACKER Readers
Find out who won in the article "Are you Smarter than a Boy Scout?"

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:
a. zipper
b. pole
c. stake
d. floor

16. "Smellable items," or things with an odor that could entice a bear to enter your tent, include everything except: a. dried salmon
b. gorp
c. sunscreen
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

How'd you do? Check the answers and scoring key.



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Jun 27, 2010

o good quiz.go wood badge sr 889, fly high brother - owls.

Steve-o
Oct 05, 2009

Slopes greater than 70 degrees are less prone to avalanche because they are so steep, the snow that falls on them slides down naturally as it falls, preventing the buildup of enough snow to avalanche in the first place.

Jacob Mullen-Eagle Scout
Oct 04, 2009

Number 17----I've found over the years that yes, it's 2 mph when you first start out, but by the end of a long trek (a.k.a. philmont) you will be pretty close to 3. Also, you can never go faster than your scoutmaster, so is that answer correct? YES!

Jacob Mullen-Eagle Scout
Oct 04, 2009

Number 17----I've found over the years that yes, it's 2 mph when you first start out, but by the end of a long trek (a.k.a. philmont) you will be pretty close to 3. Also, you can never go faster than your scoutmaster, so is that answer correct? YES!

Jacob Mullen
Oct 04, 2009

A mature Eagle
Sep 29, 2009

Not sure on #4. Physics seems to indicate that a 70 degree slope would be more prone to avalanches than a 45 or a 60, not to mention greater than 70 degrees. Can anyone explain the 30-40 or 40-60 degree answer?

That guy
Sep 18, 2009

How can you not bring enough water for an overnight. You only need 8 cups a day. If you bring one gallon you'll have more than enough.

Bill R
Sep 18, 2009

I want to know why the scout in the photo with the article has such a lame look on his face. He looks completely lost. It certainly does not help the Boy Scouts recruit new members - many of which will grow up to be backpacker readers because of the love of the outdoors the received from scouting.

Bryon Freeman
Sep 17, 2009

I would have to disagree with your correct answer to #21. I can guarantee you filtered water, especially after boiling, is safer and more pure than the water that most municipalities have. Assuming that you take good care of your filter. Sipping water and rationing it is a very good way to get yourself dehydrated.

SA
Sep 17, 2009

"On #21, how can you possibly bring enough water from home on even an overnight trip? Why don't they teach something practical? Maybe they need to teach boyscouts not to needlessly fire semi-automatic weapons in wilderness areas.
Posted: Sep 17, 2009 SL"

Actually, they do teach them to not needlessly fire ANY weapon in an unsafe manner. But what does that have to do with the quiz?

SA
Sep 17, 2009

"On #21, how can you possibly bring enough water from home on even an overnight trip? Why don't they teach something practical? Maybe they need to teach boyscouts not to needlessly fire semi-automatic weapons in wilderness areas. "

Maybe you could hold their targets just to make sure they are firing in the right direction. Idiotic comments deserve an idiotic response.

SA
Sep 17, 2009

"On #21, how can you possibly bring enough water from home on even an overnight trip? Why don't they teach something practical? Maybe they need to teach boyscouts not to needlessly fire semi-automatic weapons in wilderness areas. "

Maybe you could hold their targets just to make sure they are firing in the right direction. Idiotic comments deserve an idiotic response.

SL
Sep 17, 2009

On #21, how can you possibly bring enough water from home on even an overnight trip? Why don't they teach something practical? Maybe they need to teach boyscouts not to needlessly fire semi-automatic weapons in wilderness areas.

thomas
Sep 17, 2009

england

Carl - Used to be an Owl
Sep 17, 2009

If you want to know more about Lord Baden Powell read "Two Lives of a Hero". One life as a soldier and one as the original Scout leader.

Grant
Sep 17, 2009

Yep, it's supposed to be England where Scouts started, not Scotland. Brownsea Island, the first scouting experimental campout, is located off the southern coast of Britain.

By the way, Gilwell Field is inside Gilwell Park, the land donated to the Scouts and where Baden-Powell started the Wood Badge course. That's located in London: Gilwell Park, Epping Forest, London E4, UK
Link: <http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Gilwell+Park,+Epping+Forest,+London+E4,+United+Kingdom&sll=51.650819,0.0036&sspn=0.00227,0.006947&gl=us&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FWgeFAMdKAoAAA&split=0&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A>

Grant F.
Gilwell Troop 1 NE-I-260

Shaun Reeves
Sep 15, 2009

Woodbadge was started in Scotland where land was donated to BSA. McClaren (sp) donated the land to Boy Scouts and then was named Gillwell Park. But Baden Powell was from England and served in South Africa. This is where the wooden beads came from that all wood badgers are required to wear. But I do believe you are right Boy Scouts was founded in England after Baden returned home from Africa.

John L
Sep 15, 2009

Alex is correct!

JD H.
Sep 15, 2009

Alex is right Bladen-Powell founded Scouting in Britian.

JD
Life Scout, SPL

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