Published by Scouts UK with a forward by Bear Grylls The Outdoor Adventure Manual is packed with practical Scout skill tutorials ; tents and camping, fire, food and cooking, tools and gadgets, knots and lashings, navigation, first aid and survival, and more.
Skills are explained step-by-step with photos and illustrations that really bring them to life. I’ve read a number of ‘how-to’ books that I suspected were written by people who had not actually tried out what they were describing. The Outdoor Adventure Manual leverages the know-how of many experienced authors to provide practical instruction that is inspiring and easy to follow.
The book is not an attempt at an exhaustive reference work, it’s a collection of adventurous projects, useful knowledge and activities that any Scout would enjoy. Within it’s pages a Scout can learn to build a shelter, make cordage out of natural materials, carve a wooden spoon, explore natural navigation, and sharpen their tracking skills.
Some of the information is specific to the British Isles and to Scouts U.K. (plant and animal identification for example) but that’s not to say they aren’t interesting and practical for North America. It is also a great opportunity to learn something more about the world of Scouting.
Doing the projects and trying out the skills in The Outdoor Adventure Manual would be a great way to spend a summer. It’s a colorful. engaging, hardcover book that encourages Scouts to get outdoors and get active – kind of makes me wish I was twelve year’s old again!
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|Outdoor Adventure Manual:
Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors
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