By Alex Fees
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - Monday on NewsChannel 5 at 4:00 and 5:00, officials with the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America demonstrated survival techniques scouts have to learn to get their Wilderness Survival Merit Badges.
They included tips on how to survive in the cold and rain in rural, remote areas.
"A lot of times if you can find a natural shelter it is really beneficial," said Director of Public Relations Joe Mueller.
Mueller showed our cameras a space underneath a cliff in the woods near the Beaumont Boy Scout Reservation in High Ridge.
"Stay dry; stay out of the wind a little bit. Hopefully, stay out of the rain. Stuff your clothing with dry leaves to provide some insulation if you weren't prepared for the weather," Mueller said. "Putting leaves inside your shirt. Unbutton your shirt, stuff leaves inside your chest, inside your pants."
While constructing a lean-to shelter made out of branches and leaves, Mueller said, "You take your branch, put the branch in the notches of two trees. So this would be the main brace across the top. You would lay your logs or your sticks on there. Use the elasticity, if you will, of the branch. Keep the rain out or the precipitation as it starts to come down if you have that to deal with. Sometime you get lucky with a natural substance that's right there in front of you, like bark. You can make a heavier bed of leaves inside here for comfort and insulation to keep you warm."
Mueller said at that facility the Boy Scouts teach over 1,000 scouts every year how to build a lean-to or a natural shelter.