Cub Scout Camping Resources

Welcome to the Powhatan District Cub Scout Camping resources page.  Here you will find lots of information and guidance to help you plan and run fun and exciting camping events for your Cub Scouts!

The lore of native Americans, notion of adventure, and  the values of conservation all come together in Scouting’s outdoor program.  In planning camping adventures for your Pack or Den, you are participating in a tradition that goes back to Scouting’s roots. The fun and practicality of the camping experience for Scouts is captured in the following notable quotes, one by author Rudyard Kipling — who had early ties with the Scouting program, and the other by Scouting’s founder Lord Baden Powell.

It was in the days when Baloo was teaching him the Law of the Jungle. The big, serious, old brown bear was delighted to have so quick a pupil, for the young wolves will only learn as much of the Law of the Jungle as applies to their own pack and tribe, and run away as soon as they can repeat the hunting verse…But Mowgli, as a man-cub, had to learn a great deal more than this…The boy could climb almost as well as he could swim, and swim almost as well as he could run; so Baloo…taught him the wood and water laws.

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Books

Why, camping is at the very heart of why a youth wants to be a Scout!  Baden-Powell said a week’s worth of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room:

Camping is the joyous part of a Scout’s life.  Living out in God’s open air, among the hills and the trees, and the birds and the beasts, and the sea and the rivers – that is, living with nature, having your own little canvas home, doing your own cooking and exploration – all this brings health and happiness such as you can never get among the bricks and smoke of the town.”

Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys, 1932

Powhatan District Cub Scout Camping 2018

Here is the Powhatan District’s guide to the different types of camping a Cub Scout can enjoy, with dates listed for 2018 District and Council camps:

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BSA BALOO Training Guide for Pack Overnighters and Webelos/AoL Den Camping

If we are going to go camping we need to be prepared!  That takes a fair amount of planning.  The most comprehensive guide to planning pack overnighters and Webelos/AoL den camping is found in the BSA BALOO guide:

This is the guide to BALOO – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation – training you should take before you plan and lead your first pack overnighter or Webelos/AoL den campout.  The guide covers BSA policies and administration, health and safety, gear, activities, menu planning and more!  This document should be your first stop for information and how-to basics.  And you should take BALOO Training!  In 2018, it is offered on October 20-21 at Lake Fairfax.  Register on-line on the Powhatan web site.

List of Campsites for Pack Overnighters

To help ensure that our Cub Scouts’ ealiest camping experiences are filled with happy moments, and not frustrations or misery,  pack overnighters are restricted to specific campsites that have amenities such as plumbing and flush toilets.  The list of Council pack overnighter sites, and a checklist of amenities for pack overnighter campsites, are here:

It’s strongly recommended that Webelos/Arrow of Light den overnighters, if not part of a pack-troop joint event, be from this list as well.  Beyond pack overnighters, District Camporees are held at properly equipped campsites, as are Council resident camps.

Also, note carefully that a “lock-in” type of event, such as an overnight event sponsored by a professional baseball team, or at a museum, or on an historic vessel, is not considered a pack overnighter and is perfectly fine to attend.

Covid Virus Safety Precautions
While the pandemic is in place, pack overnighters and Webelos/Arrow of Light den camping must be conducted in accordance with state and local Covid safety restrictions, Council Covid safety restrictions, and with the approval of your pack’s chartered organization. The State of Virginia’s current Covid restrictions can be found here:
State of Virginia Covid Safety Restrictions

Current restrictions include wearing a mask when indoors, and when outdoors within 6 feet of others, or 10 feet of others if under exertion or exercise. Group size is limited to 50 indoors or 100 outdoors. These numbers include all present – scouts, leaders, and parents.

Council Covid safety restrictions are found here:
Council Covid Safety Restrictions

Current restrictions are full compliance with State restrictions, plus scheduling and executing camp activities on a cohort basis, with a cohort size of no more than 10. This means that each camp activity must involve no more than 10 scouts, leaders, and parents at any given time. Set up rotations so everyone gets to participate.

BSA’s Covid re-start checklist is found here:
BSA’s Covid Re-Start Checklist

Follow this checklist, including pre-screening participants, to ensure the safety of your event.
Be sure your pack’s chartered organization is aware you are camping and approves of the campout before proceeding during the pandemic.

BSA Medical Forms, Risk Factor Certification, and Activity Consent Form

You will need to have on hand at your campouts a copy of the A/B parts of the BSA medical form for each Scout and Leader.  If you are camping more than 72 hours (resident camp), you will also need Part C, which requires completion of a physical exam.  These medical forms are here:

For Council resident camps, an additional Risk Factor Certification must be completed:

For all events, including camping, you should require an activity consent form, with an authorization signature for the Cub Scout or Leader to participate.  The BSA activity consent form is here:

In addition to the information requested on this form, you might want to require submission of medical insurance policy information, in case of emergency.

Note BSA’s policy concerning medication:  Taking of medication is the sole responsibility of the individual for whom the medication is intended and/or his/her parent/guardian.  It is not the responsibility of BSA or its volunteer leaders.  

You should also carry with you a copy of BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting, available here:

First Time Camping Guide, First Aid and Campfire Guides

Here is a very useful, friendly guide to camping for first-timers!

First Time Camping Guide

Here is some basic first aid information:

We strongly recommend at least one leader at the pack overnighter or Webelos/Arrow of Light den campout be certified in first aid. One place where you can register for certified first aid training courses is Campaign Pay It Forward:
Campaign Pay It Forward

And some campfire basic information:

Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor ethics has always been an important part of the Scouting experience.  We carry into the woods with us an obligation to conserve resources, be a friendly and helpful camper, to prevent fires and other damage, and to leave our campsites better than we found them.  Here are some Outdoor Ethics resources:

Interfaith Worship Service

Do not forget a Scout is Reverent!  Below is an inter-faith worship service you can use on your campouts:

BALOO Recipes

What’s camping without food?  To get you started, here are the recipes used at this year’s BALOO training:

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Internet Access Directions

As a handy reference, here are directions for accessing BSA on-line training, internet advancement, internet re-chartering, reporting service hours, acquiring the BSA activity consent form, and acquiring the BSA medical form: