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Here is the sequence of Baden-Powell Scouting adult-free Journeys and Expeditions (some are after 1938):

Troop Camping:

In Scouts' camps the tents are not pitched in lines and streets as in military camps, but are dotted about, 50 or 100 yards or more, in a big circle round the Scoutmaster's tent. This keeps each Patrol separate as a unit.


Second Class:

Go by day, on foot, with other scouts on a journey of 8 miles.

bulletYour Patrol Leader will set your route, and a specific objective will be given.
bulletMake an oral report from notes to your Patrol Leader immediately upon your return.
bulletYour Scoutmaster must know your hiking route, and must approve your plan in advance.
bulletIf additional Scouts are taking the test, each will report independently.


First Class:

Primitive Camping: Build and sleep out in a bivouac and cook a backwoods meal.

The First Class Journey: Go on foot or row a boat, alone or with another Scout, for a total distance of fourteen miles.

bulletThe journey should occupy about twenty-four hours and camping kit for the night must be taken and used.
bulletMake all the necessary advance preparations, and organize the packing of food and gear.
bulletIn the course of the journey, you must cook your own meals.
bulletFind a campsite and camp for the night.
bulletYou must carry out any instructions given by the examiner as to things to be observed on route.
bulletMake a log of your journey sufficient to show you have carried out those instructions, and submit it within one week of your return.
bulletThis test should normally be the final one taken for the First -Class badge.  


Scout Cord (Star)

(Explorer Badge) 

1) Arrange and carry out an expedition for yourself and at least 2 other Scouts, of not less that 2 days and 1 night duration to a place you are not familiar with.

bulletAll equipment to be carried in backpacks and to include food.
bulletEach backpack to weigh not more than 30 lbs.


Bushman's Cord (Life Scout)

(Venturer Badge)

1) Complete an adventure journey as a member of a Patrol in which you shall play a leading part.

bulletThe journey, which may be short in length, must include at least 5 incidents such as rescues from fire or heights, compass work, Signalling over distance.
bulletWater incidents to be included for Sea Scout Troops.

2) Make a journey of at least 20 miles on foot or by boat, with not more than 3 other Scouts.

bulletRoute must be one with which the Scout is not familiar and should, if possible, include stiff country.
bulletSleep out, using only the gear carried in a backpack.
bulletMaximum weight 31 lbs which must include food.
bulletThe Examiner may set the candidate 1 or 2 tasks, which require a specific report but no general log of the journey is required.


King's Scout (Eagle)

(Senior Explorer Badge) 

Take part in an expedition with not less than 3 and not more than 5 other Scouts. The expedition may be on foot, boat, or on horseback.

bulletThe expedition must be planned to last at least 4 days, and at least 3 nights must be spent in tents. All necessary equipment and food must be taken and all meals prepared by members of the party.
bulletAll Scouts in the party will take an equal part in the planning arrangements before and during the expedition, but it is not necessary that all participants should be under test.
bulletA detailed log of the expedition must be kept be each member of the party, having previously agreed between themselves a different emphasis for each log - eg weather, geography, history, architecture, archaeology, botany, ornithology.
bulletThe route and special log subjects must have the prior approval of the examiner.
bulletAn expedition on foot will cover at least 50 miles in wild country. The 3 nights will be spent at different campsites.
bulletAn expedition by water will cover at least 50 miles and the log will cover such points as the state of the river, conditions of banks, obstructions to navigation etc.
bulletAn expedition on Horseback will cover at least 200 miles. In wild country, camping at 3 different camp sites.
bulletAn expedition, whether on foot or otherwise, must be a test of determination, courage, physical endurance and a high degree of co-operation among those taking part.







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