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Senior Backpacker (Baden Powell Service Association Scout Group)

  • 1

    PREREQ: Pass the Hiker proficiency badge.

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  • 2

    Take part in an expedition with not less than 2 and not more than 5 other Pathfinders. The expedition may be on foot, boat, or on horseback. The expedition must meet the following requirements:

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    • a

      The expedition must be planned to last at least 4 days, and at least 3 nights must be spent in tents. All necessary equipment and food must be taken and all meals prepared by members of the party.

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    • b

      All Scouts in the party will take an equal part in the planning arrangements before and during the expedition, but it is not necessary that all participants should be under test.

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    • c

      A detailed log of the expedition must be kept be each member of the party, having previously agreed between themselves a different emphasis for each log – eg weather, geography, history, architecture, archaeology, botany, ornithology.

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    • d

      The route and special log subjects must have the prior approval of the examiner.

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    • e

      An expedition on foot will cover at least 50 miles in wild country.

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    • f

      The 3 nights will be spent at different campsites.

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    • g

      An expedition by water will cover at least 50 miles and the log will cover such points as the state of the river, conditions of banks, obstructions to navigation etc.

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    • h

      An expedition on Horseback will cover at least 120 miles. In wild country, camping at 3 different camp sites.

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    • i

      An expedition, whether on foot or otherwise, must be a test of determination, courage, physical endurance and a high degree of co-operation among those taking part.

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