Navigation/Safe Hiking

Tenderfoot (Requirement 5)

5a. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.

5b. Explain what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.

5c. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night.

Second Class (Requirement 3)

3a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.

3b. Using a compass and map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.

3c. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on your hike and what you can do to help prevent them. (Also See First Aid)

3d. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass or an electronic device

Question: Can you read at least three different kinds of maps (Highway, Topographic, GPS)?

First Class


4a. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)

GPS Technology

4b. Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone or other electronic navigation system. Find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.

Orienteering Resources

GPS Study Resources

YouTube Videos

How GPS Works (10 min)

What is GPS (Short Article)

Optional Youtube GPS Videos (Much More Technical)

Question: On a family trip or scout outing, where have you used or would you use a GPS device to find your way?