Scouts love outdoor adventure—and they find it here!
Whether you’re looking for an incredible summer camp experience or a high adventure trip to sea, Scouting offers a variety of outdoor programs and activities throughout the year.
CUB SCOUT OUTDOOR PROGRAM
Organized camping is a great way to experience cooperative group living in the great outdoors. Our natural surroundings make an ideal backdrop for many creative, educational experiences that contribute significantly to a young person’s physical, mental, spiritual and social growth.
Camping at this level introduces Cub Scouts to the outdoors and helps them develop age-appropriate outdoor skills that they can build on as they grow and adventure opportunities grow more challenging. Cub Scouts can choose from day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized family camps and pack overnighters.
Cub Scout Day Camp: Held from June to August each year, Day Camp is a one- to five-day program for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts. Organized by the Council, these camps are conducted under certified leadership at approved sites throughout the Council service area. The camps are held during daylight or early evening hours and do not include overnight activities. Certification of the day camp director and program director is provided through the National Camping School.
Cub Scout Resident Camp: Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp is a council-organized overnight program that runs from two to five nights. Conducted under a certified National Camping School-trained director, these camps are held at Camp William B. Snyder and Goshen Scout Reservation, both Council-approved camps. A parent or guardian is expected to accompany each Cub Scout/Webelos Scout who attends. Tiger Cubs are not eligible to attend resident camp.
Family Camp and Pack Overnighters: Cub Scouts have two kinds of family camping opportunities to choose from:
- Council-organized family camps are overnight campouts that involve more than one pack. The local council provides staffing, food service, housing and program activities.
- Pack overnighters are campouts that involve more than one family from a single pack. Conducted at Council-approved locations, they focus on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities
Webelos Den Overnight Camping: Webelos Scout overnighters introduce Webelos and their parents to the basics of the Scouts BSA camping program. Conducted under the leadership of a trained Webelos den leader, these events include two to six nights of camping.
Excursions & Field Trips
Outings area big part of Scouting. Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, including field trips, hikes, nature and conservation activities, and outdoor games.
Field Trips: Museums, businesses and parks are just a few of the fun and interesting places that Scouting might take you. Other field trip opportunities might include:
- How Things Are Made: Visit plants where aircraft, cars, appliance or electronics are made. Chemical, paper, plastic, paint, furniture and toy manufacturers also have interesting things to teach their visitors, as do those working in handicrafts and other small-craft businesses.
- How Your City Runs: A visit to a power, water or sewage treatment plant can teach Scouts about science and engineering. Other worthwhile and eye-opening spots to visit include police and fire stations, city halls, municipal buildings, county jails, telephone companies, post offices, the Red Cross, hospitals, newspapers, and radio, television and weather stations.
- How Your City Is Fed: It’s important to know where the food we eat comes from. Field trips to farms, flour mills, bakeries, food canning or bottling plants, fish hatcheries, stockyards and meat or poultry packing houses help Scouts think more about what they are eating. Beverage, candy and ice-cream makers and food distributors also appeal to many Scouts.
- Learn About Your Heritage: Art galleries, museums and memorials, as well as famous homes, monuments and other historic sites help Scouts learn about history and the arts. Trips to places of worship; civic centers; important local buildings; summer theaters, band concerts and local historical celebrations also offer many benefits.
Hikes: 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. Webelos dens often work on activity badges during their hikes.
SCOUTS BSA OUTDOOR PROGRAM
When young people join Scouting, it’s often because of the outdoor adventures it promises. The outdoors gives Scouts the opportunity to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoeing, hike trails and complete challenges they might think at first are beyond their ability. They build character as they face extreme weather, difficult trails, portages, and other unexpected challenges that Mother Nature provides. The leadership, communication and teamwork skills Scouts build in the process enable them to achieve goals they set for themselves, their patrol or squad, and their troop or team.
“Learning by doing” is a hallmark of Scouting outdoor education. A Scoutmaster or other adult leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting. But the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do them on a troop outing.
To teach skills and values, Scouting relies on the patrol method. Scouts elect their own patrol leader. By working together and sharing duties, they quickly learn that a patrol can accomplish far more than any of its members could do alone. The patrol succeeds when every member succeeds. And Scouts learn that good teamwork is the key to success.
Exercise and fitness are also 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 are learned through conservation projects, food drives, trail and shelter building, and community service projects. Service to others gives Scouts a sense of personal satisfaction, while also teaching them to appreciate how they can share themselves and their blessings to those in need.
Scouts BSA Outdoor Activities
- 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
Troops or teams that seek the highest level of challenge can plan and carry out their own high-adventure experience. Designed for more experienced Scouts, these adventures are undertaken with coaching from their adult leaders.
Two-Deep Leadership Required
Boy Scouts of America policy requires trips and outings to be led by at least two adults. At a minimum, that means 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.