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Practical Training Strip (Baden Powell Service Association Scout Group)

  • Have a working knowledge of the matters dealt with in Chapter III of Scouting for Boys (Camp Life) with special reference to:

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    • a

      The normal requirements in regard to personal equipment and camping kit, for both a weekend and a week’s hike or cruise.

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    • b

      The general regulations affecting camping and hiking.

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    • c

      The use and care of an axe, both hand-axe and felling-axe, if possible.

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    • d

      The use of, and ability to make, the following knots in addition to the Tenderfoot knots: Bowline on a bight; fisherman’s bend or hitch; man harness knot; diamond knot; rolling hitch; timber hitch.

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    • e

      The use and making of the following lashings: Square; diagonal; sheer or round; figure of eight.

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    • f

      The use and making of the following splices: Back or end; eye; short.

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    • g

      Hike and camp cookery, the storage of food in camp or on a hike, the disposal of refuse in camp, and the supply of hike rations suitable for hikes of both a week- end’s and a week’s duration.

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  • Participate in hiking, camping, and pioneering practices, or in sailing expeditious and cruises, with your Crew.

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  • Hike—on foot—over a distance of at least 16 miles, spending one night out under cover improvised by yourself, or carried on your back, and submit a report of the hike, paying particular attention to a subject such as Antiquities, Life and Labor, Nature Lore. The report should include sketch maps of any important parts of the route.

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  • Swim a distance of 100 yards.

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  • Practice the care of your own health in matters of cleanliness, fresh air, exercise, food and clothing; feel the importance of your own and other people’s interest in keeping physically fit, and recognize the necessity of keeping morally, as well as physically, clean.

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  • Complete a First Aid training course.

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  • Have a general knowledge of the rights and obligations of citizenship, and a working knowledge of the local government of the area in which you live, (etc.).

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  • Recruit a Rover Squire.

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