Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth. Cub Scouting offers camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized family camps, and pack overnighters
CUB SCOUT OUTDOOR PROGRAM
Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces boys and girls to the outdoors and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will be applied more thoroughly as a Scout. As Cub Scouts progress, the opportunities for outdoor adventures become more challenging.
Cub Scout Day Camp
Day camp is organized by the Council and is a one- to five-day program for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts. It is conducted under certified leadership at an approved site and during daylight or early evening hours. Day camp does not include any overnight activities. Certification of the day camp director and program director is provided through the National Camping School.
Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the Council service area from June to August of each year.
Cub Scout Resident Camp
Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp is a council-organized, theme-oriented overnight program that runs from two to five nights.It is conducted under a certified National Camping School-trained director at a camp approved by the council. A parent or guardian should accompany each Cub Scout/Webelos Scout; note that Tiger Cubs are not eligible to attend resident camp.
Family Camp and Pack Overnighters
Cub Scout family camping falls into two categories: council-organized family camps and pack overnighters.
- Council-organized family camps are overnight events involving more than one pack, with the local council providing all of the elements to enhance the outdoor experience such as staffing, food service, housing, and program.
- Pack overnighters are events involving more than one family from a single pack focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved locations.
Webelos Den Overnight Camping
Webelos Scout overnighters introduce Cub Scout and their parents to the basics of the Scout camping program. These campouts are conducted under the leadership of a trained Webelos den leader and include two to six nights of camping.
Excursions and Field Trips
Outings area big part of Scouting. Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservation activities, and outdoor games.
Do you like to visit museums, businesses, parks, and other fun and interesting places? Here are some field trips you might go on.
- How Things Are Made—Visit manufacturing plants such as aircraft, automotive, appliance, or electronic firms; chemical, paper, plastic, paint, furniture, or toy plants; and handicrafts or other small-craft industries.
- How Your City Runs—Visit power, water, and sewage plants; a gas company; police and fire stations; city hall; municipal buildings; the county jail; a telephone company; the post office; the Red Cross; hospitals; newspaper plants; and radio, television, and weather stations.
- How Your City Is Fed—Visit farms, flour mills, and bakeries; food canning or bottling plants; stockyards and meat or poultry packing houses; a fish hatchery; beverage, candy, and ice-cream companies; markets; and food distributors.
- Learn About Your Heritage—Visit art galleries, museums, and memorials; famous old homes, monuments, and other historic sites; places of worship; civic centers; important local buildings; summer theaters and band concerts; and local historical celebrations.
A hike is a journey on foot—usually with a purpose, a route, and a destination. Tiger Cub and Cub Scout dens take short hikes, and Webelos dens work on activity badges during their hikes.
SCOUTS BSA OUTDOOR PROGRAM
Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join. In the outdoors, young men and women have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a Scout as they learn to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances.
Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders. Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol or squad, and their troop or team.
Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures each month throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do them themselves on a troop outing.
Scouting uses the patrol method to teach skills and values. Scouts elect their own patrol leader and they learn quickly that by working together and sharing duties, the patrol can accomplish far more than any of its members could do alone. The patrol succeeds when every member of the patrol succeeds and Scouts learn that good teamwork is the key to success.
Exercise and fitness are part of the outdoor experience. As Scouts hike, paddle, climb, bike, or ride, their muscles become toned and their aerobic capacity increases. When they work as a patrol to plan menus for their outings, they learn to purchase cost-effective ingredients to prepare flavorful and nutritious meals.
Service to others and good citizenship is learned through such outdoor activities as conservation projects, collecting food, building trails and shelters, and conducting community service projects that promote healthy living. Through helping other people, Scouts learn to appreciate how they can share themselves and their blessings to those in need. By giving service to benefit others, Scouts gain a sense of personal satisfaction.
Types of Outdoor Activities
What are typical Scout outdoor activities? For younger Scouts, less-rugged activities are more appropriate as they begin to acquire outdoor knowledge and skills. These may include the following:
- Day hikes
- Service projects
- Patrol activities
- Weekend overnights
- Summer Camp
Council High Adventure
- Lenhok’sin High Adventure
National High Adventure
- National High Adventure Sea Base
- Northern Tier National High Adventure Program
- Philmont Scout Ranch
Unit High Adventure
The highest level of challenge for a troop or team is to plan and carry out its own high-adventure experience. These activities for more experienced Scouts are planned and implemented by youth members with coaching from their adult leaders.
Two-Deep Leadership Required
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that trips and outings may never be led by only one adult. At a minimum, two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age, are required for all trips and outings.