Survival Skills Activity Badge

To achieve the Survival Skills Activity Badge, you must complete all the steps outlined below:

  1. Learn how to prevent and treat the effects of extreme heat; sunstroke and dehydration, and cold; hypothermia
  2. Demonstrate different techniques to light a fire
  3. Show how to build several types of fire
  4. Demonstrate the correct use of international distress signals using a whistle, torch, mirror, or markers
  5. Describe some of the basic actions you can take while waiting to be rescued that will keep your group safe and will assist your rescuers in finding you
  6. Learn the techniques involved in catching food such as fishing
  7. Learn to identify and source local, edible plants and fruit and the risks involved in eating them incorrectly
  8. Prepare meat such as a rabbit or fish to cook over an open fire and eat
  9. Make a piece of equipment that will be used on a survival excersise
  10. Demonstrate methods of filtering and purifying water
  11. Demonstrate method of finding direction at day and night without a compass

For the final action, with a group of at least three other Explorer Scouts, take part in a survival exercise lasting at least two nights as follows:

  • Construct a shelter made of natural or salvaged materials and sleep in it
  • Cook all meals over an open fire
  • Cook without utensils or aluminium foil


Where applicable, badge requirements may be adapted or altered according to the abilities of a young person. Scout Association rules for adjustment can be found in the Policy and Approach article at the Scout Association website.