outdoor living

In the Accreditation Self Study, Outdoor Living is listed first in the 9.0 series

9.1 Outdoor Living. The specific outdoor skills that are essential to individual and group sustainability in the backcountry.

9.1.1 Understanding and demonstration of proper campfire use, camp establishment, and basic kitchen management.

Content to Consider: Safety and environmental considerations, components, materials, and structure of fire. Safety, environmental, and regulatory considerations of camp establishment. Safety and environmental considerations, tools and utensils, organization and sanitation, identification, preparation, and storage.

9.1.2 Understanding and demonstration of proper selection, repair, and storage of equipment and clothing for self and others.

Content to Consider: Physiological, thermoregulation, and psychological considerations. Materials, construction, and fit. Care and use, sewing and improvisation.

9.1.3 Understanding and demonstration of proper health and sanitation techniques.

Content to Consider: Personal and group health & hygiene consideration. Impact on group dynamics. Sanitation and waste disposal techniques and preventative self-care.

9.1.4 Understanding and demonstration of planning for the safety, comfort, and organization of a group in a backcountry environment.

Content to Consider: Safety and Environmental considerations. Time, energy, and personal climate control. Rhythmic breathing, walking techniques, group size, trail courtesy, and group roles.

9.1.5 Understanding and demonstration of getting from one place to another and how it is done efficiently and safely in a backcountry environment.

Content to Consider: Use of map, compass, GPS, Limitations of technology, primitive navigation.

9.1.6 Understanding and demonstration of basic weather forecasting and the implications of the effects of weather on the comfort and safety of the group.  Content to Consider: Characteristics of weather patterns, reading signs of changing weather patterns, different options for technological assistance, weather hazards, & weather lore.

Please note: The Curriculum Committee has included “Content to consider” after some general outcomes. This is provided to aid understanding of the outcome, but it does not constitute a list of content that a program must include to address the outcome.

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