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Wacky Otter Camping Safety Series
Did you earn your Camping Merit Badge? If not, or if you need a little refresher on camping safety, check out the Wacky Otter Camping Safety series. Feel free to share your own tips.


1.   Before You Leave
a.     Tell someone where you will be camping.
b.     Packing
         *Emergency Kit- flashlight, batteries, cell phone (remember to program I.C.E on your phone), bottled water, map, compass, blanket, carbohydrate snack foods, and reflective clothing.
        *First Aid Kit – gauze, antihistamine, snake-bite kit, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, adhesive tape, first-aid instructions, and any prescription medication. An all-in-one kit can usually be purchased at your local pharmacy.  
 
2.   Campsite Safety
a.  If camping in the backcountry, secure a permit from the National Park Service ranger station.
     *Register at the trailhead and sign out when leaving.
b.  Camp in designated areas.
c.  Cook downwind from the tent.
d.  Stake the tent about 100 yards from water.           
    *Running w
ater is a watering hole for animals and stagnant water may breeds mosquitoes. 
e.  Prepare for animals.
    *Animals may range from raccoons to bears.
    *Bear canister may be advantagous to take on your trip.
f.  Protect your valuables.
    *Place valuables in your backpack and take them with you when you leave your campsite for the day.
g.  Be aware of your surroundings.
    *Keep a log in your mind of where you’re at at all time. 
h.  Have fun!
 
…more to follow
   
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