The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a Backpacking Troop Program Feature for July 2013. This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.
The plans for the Backpacking troop program feature can be found in Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:
Long before backpacking became a popular sport, the Boy Scouts of America was promoting this exhilarating activity. For many years, Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico has provided hundreds of miles of trails for thousands of Scouts across the country. In addition, BSA high-adventure bases and local councils throughout the country can provide Scouts with a stimulating backpacking experience
Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, hiking, camping, and nature. Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge or the Hiking Merit Badge . Other badge possibilities include Cooking Merit Badge, Camping Merit Badge, Orienteering Merit Badge, Pioneering Merit Badge, and Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.
The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing of course! See the program feature for details.