Webelos Outdoorsman Activity Badge Worksheets


Knotty Knots

Knot Descriptions
Match each description on the left to the appropriate knot name on the right.
For tightening and loosening a rope easily and on guy lines. xxxxx Square Knot
For tying a rope to a post or ring; it's strong but easy to loosen. Tautline Hitch
For tying a rope to a tree or post. Clove Hitch
Used when you want a loop that will not slip or close up;
used for rescue work.
Sheet Bend
For tying two ropes together and for tying bandages in first aid. Bowline
For tying two ropes together, especially when one is thicker than the other. Two Half Hitches

Forget-Me "Knots"

Draw a line from the knot name to the correct picture.
Square Knot Tautline Hitch Clove Hitch
Sheet Bend Bowline Two Half Hitches

If You're Lost in the Woods

Fill in the blanks with a word from this list. All words should be used once.
        dry     fire     head     hole     leaves     nightfall     run     sheltered     signal     wander
  1. Stop, sit down, and try to figure out where you are. Use your __________, not your legs.
  2. If caught by night, fog or a storm, stop at once and make camp in a __________ spot.
  3. Build a __________ in a safe place.
  4. Gather plenty of __________ fuel.
  5. Don't __________ about. Travel only downhill.
  6. If injured, choose a clear spot and make a __________ (smoke) fire.
  7. Don't yell, don't __________, don't worry, and above all, don't quit.
  8. If caught out during __________, find shelter quickly - a ledge, a large boulder or a fallen tree.
  9. If without a sleeping bag, build a fire in a deep __________, cover 6 inches of hot coal (wood) with 6 inches of earth and sleep on the warmed earth.
  10. Use __________ and branches as a blanket to shelter yourself.


Fire Safety

Mark each True statement with T and each False statement with F
  1. _____ Build fires close to your tent.
  2. _____ Be sure fire is downwind from tents.
  3. _____ Keep cooking fires as large as can be. They'll cook faster.
  4. _____ Clear an area ten feet in diameter of all burnable material, or as required by local law.
  5. _____ Place ten fire buckets filled with water at each tent.
  6. _____ Always extinguish fires and other flame sources before you go to sleep.
  7. _____ Put fires dead out with any liquid you have on hand.
  8. _____ Never leave a fire unattended.


Checklist for a Perfect Campsite

Place a checkmark in front of every item that is needed for the perfect campsite:
____ Sheltered by trees to the west and north
____ Open to avoid danger of falling branches
____ Sheltered from prevailing winds
____ Open to expose tents to early morning sun
____ Sheltered from prying eyes of nosy neighbors
____ Open to afford a pleasant view
____ Elevated to avoid morning fog
____ Low to avoid harassment of mountain lions
____ Sloped for drainage of water
____ Level for a comfortable night's sleep
____ Abundant in wildlife and nature
____ Devoid of insects, snakes, skunks, p-ivy
____ Grass covered to absorb rain
____ Sparsely vegetated to avoid grass fires
____ Stocked with wood for fuel and projects
____ Cleared of all stumps, sticks, logs, brush
____ Private (forget highway median strips)
____ Close to home
____ Safe from flash floods (buffalo stampedes)
____ Well supplied with water for drinking, swimming, fishing, boating and even washing.


Wood for Campfires

There are three types of wood used to build a fire. Use the following key to decode them.
$ @ % ? * | + & = - #
___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___
-     *     &     $     @     =
___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___
|     *     &     $     +     *     &     ?
___   ___   ___   ___
%     #     @     +<


Types of Wood

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate answer from the above puzzle.
____________ can be anything that is light and dry and not thicker than a match. Make little bundles of tiny twigs.
____________ should snap when broken. In general, dead branches from lower limbs of trees are best to use. Sticks lying on the ground could be damp
____________ includes sticks that are not green. Use these only after a hot fire is started.


Just For Your Information:

* Wood that crumbles is rotten. It will smolder and smoke without giving off heat.
* Split wood burns well. The inside of a log is drier than the outside.
* Soft wood (produced by trees that grow quickly such as pines, spruces, cedars, gray birch, aspen) burns quickly. It is good for starting fires or for quick, hot fires. It does not leave good coals.
* Hard wood (produced by trees that grow slowly such as oaks, hickories, yellow birch, maples, and ash) burns slowly. It leaves good coals that will last.


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