Survival skills are essential for anyone who might ever become lost in the wilderness—in a jungle, on a desert island, or, yes, during a Scout hike or campout! This adventure teaches several of those skills to Webelos Scouts, preparing them to deal with emergencies in an outdoor environment.


  • Explores the pros and cons of different wilderness survival methods
  • Introduces skills boys will need later in Scouting or in any survival situation
  • Provides opportunities to do things they have never done before

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 316)

  1. Do two of these:
    a. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using matches.
    b. On a campout with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do not require pots and pans. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
    c. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that will protect you overnight.
  2. Do ALL of these:
    a. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or box in a daypack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to your den leader why the items you chose are important for survival.
    b. Show you can live “off the grid” by minimizing your use of electricity for one week. Keep a log of what you did. Discuss with your den members how you adjusted to this lifestyle.
    c. With your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using minimal equipment or simple items.
    d. Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the game at two different den meetings or outings.
    e. Teach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.
    f. With your den, demonstrate two different ways to treat drinking water to remove impurities.
    g. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “S-T-O-P” stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do you do to help rescuers find you.
    h. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.


The theme of this adventure is survival. Each meeting will be more exciting and fun if it is done outdoors. Meeting 1 should be held in an organized camp setting or on a pack or den campout. For Meeting 3, plan an outing to a location where there are downed branches and other materials to build shelters (Requirement 1c) and to gather tinder and kindling (Requirement 1a).

Before each meeting held in these environments, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location and confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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