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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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1. The "Hypothermia Challenge" is:
a. A cold-water immersion test held at the annual National Scout Jamboree. Winners earn the Polar Bear Merit Badge.
b. A winter version of the Pinewood Derby in which contestants race homemade cars on frozen lakes
c. A test to determine if hypothermia is a risk: Can you walk heel-to-toe on a 30-foot line scratched into the ground?

2. True or False? In a thunderstorm, taking shelter in a steel-framed building is your safest choice.

3. Which one of the following is not a sign of dehydration?
a. headache
b. confusion
c. profuse sweating
d. fatigue

4. Avalanches occur most frequently on slopes that are between ___ and ____ degrees.

5. Which one of the following is not a designated role on a Scout backpacking trip? a. navigator
b. sweep
c. chef
d. pacesetter

6. Heatstroke occurs when a person’s core temperature rises higher than:
a. 98°F
b. 101°F
c. 105°F
d. 108°F

7. Which snake color pattern is dangerous?
a. Red on yellow
b. Red on black

8. In cold weather, grayish-white patches of skin indicate frostbite has already set in. Or is it frostnip?

9. On a topographic map, the color purple:
a. Designates manmade structures–buildings, bridges, railroads, etc.
b. Shows revisions that are based on aerial photos.
c. Indicates areas with high concentrations of seasonal wildflowers.

10. Scouting began in which country:
a. Canada
b. South Africa
c. United States
d. England

11. You’re lost in the backcountry. You should…
a. Use thumbnail navigation. It will get you back to your last known location.
b. Hike south. Anywhere in the Lower 48, you’re sure to cross a road within 10 miles.
c. Stay put, make your team comfortable, and wait for rescue.

12. True or false? Mild electric shock (such as from a car battery) is an effective method of treating a snakebite.

13. Leave No Trace guidelines say your dishwashing site should be how many feet from streams, lakes, or rivers? a. 100
b. 200
c. 200, downwind
d. 300 from camp

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

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