This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.
The plans for the Backpacking troop program feature can be found in Volume 1 of Troop Program Features from BSA:
Backpacking can be a single-day activity of several miles or a weeklong trip of 50 miles or longer. But no matter what length, participation requires hikers who are in top physical condition and prepared to meet the challenge. New Scouts can learn the basics of hiking and low-impact camping so that many thousands of people can enjoy the same trail for decades to come.
Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including cooking, camping, and hiking. Older scouts can earn the Backpacking Merit Badge or the Hiking Merit Badge. Other possible badges include Camping, Cooking, Orienteering, Pioneering, and Wilderness Survival..
The featured activity for this month is a backpacking outing with various stages to match the skill level of the Scouts. See the program features Volume 1 for more details.