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Offline ChEng

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A Simple Way To Start
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:00:24 PM »
The Boy Scouts have been working on Preparedness for over a century!  They even have badges (Merit Badges) specifically geared towards prepping.  Each Merit Badge has a handbook of 75-125 pages or so, and they are available to the general public for about U$4.50 a piece.

Those manuals provide nearly all the information that is required for a Scout to earn his Merit Badge compiled into one resource.  However, the material can be obtained from other sources by scavenging the internet, library, used book store, etc.  To do that, you can look at the Merit Badge Requirements (available on-line for free) and then just do the research to fill in the necessary material (or cough up the five bucks each.)

For a beginner to prepping, I would recommend:
1.) First Aid (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/firstaid.asp)
2.) Emergency Preparedness (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/emergencypreparedness.asp)
3.) Wilderness Survival (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/wildernesssurvival.asp)
When you have gone through these, and created the lists/plans/documents and the kits, you will be off to a nice start.

OPTIONAL - for Bug Out situations:
4.) Orienteering (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/orienteering.asp)
5.) Camping (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/camping.asp)
6.) Hiking (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/hiking.asp)
7.) Backpacking (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/backpacking.asp)

After you have studied those Merit Badges and completed all the requirements (if you are a boy or young man, join the Scouts and actually get the badges!), you will want to work on self-sufficiency:
8.) Home Repair (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/homerepairs.asp)
9.) Carpentry (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/carpentry.asp)
10.) Farm Mechanics (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/farmmechanics.asp)
11.) Gardening (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/gardening.asp)
12.) Fishing (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/fishingmb.asp)
13.) Tracking (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/tracking.asp) (game animals)

At the bottom of each page, there is a link to a printable worksheet to help you with the requirements.

These "courses" will give you loads of information on survival/emergency preparedness/self sufficiency, and will cost less than $100 for all of the "text books."

There is also a huge amount more information available in Scouting; but also look into other youth organizations, like the 4-H clubs.  The information to get you started is there for the taking.  Good luck getting started with your prepping.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 06:13:22 PM by ChEng »

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 06:05:39 PM »
Nice! I see a lot of great exercises I can instruct and drill my kids on to help them become better prepared.

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 07:11:55 PM »
Excellent resource CnEng. Thanx for posting. I've recently had some friends ask the the very same question, a simple way to start. I think these books would be just a valuable to adults that were not familiar.

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 07:14:40 PM »
BTW you can find those Boyscout pamphlets at used bookstores for around $1 or so. I picked up a bunch of them at Half Price Books a few years back for 25 cents a piece on clearance.

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 08:33:34 PM »
BTW you can find those Boyscout pamphlets at used bookstores for around $1 or so. I picked up a bunch of them at Half Price Books a few years back for 25 cents a piece on clearance.

Great idea, Taylor.  I hadn't thought of that.  On my way in to work tonight, I stopped at the Scouting Store here in Pittsburgh for a couple of Merit Badge books (I'm updating the manual for a robot kit that I will be selling to meet the Robotics Merit Badge requirements,) and saw some of the others and thought of this.

I will also be getting the Entrepreneur book.  I have long thought that these would make great foundations for Home Schooling courses.

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 06:53:58 AM »
What a fantastic idea! Thanks for another great suggestion.  ;D

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 07:20:02 AM »
I will also be getting the Entrepreneur book.  I have long thought that these would make great foundations for Home Schooling courses.

I heard of someone who had made her whole homeschool curriculum based on the BS manuals.

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011, 08:44:08 AM »
Thanks ChEng for a great post and reminder.  +1


I heard of someone who had made her whole homeschool curriculum based on the BS manuals.
And MS I can see where that would be a great idea.  I have a friend who is in charge of a home school program here and I'm passing this along to her. 

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Re: A Simple Way To Start
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2011, 09:39:32 PM »
To me, that would be an awesome way to make this more of social in-person hobby (if you were solo'ing this offline like myself) by like joining the scouts as an adult (as an instructor or something that would allow you in, if possible?)

I'd totally go for it and read the stuff, doesn't hurt to add to the book collection.

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