Avoiding hypothermia is key to a successful outdoor activity in cold weather, be it camping, hiking, skiing, ice skating, or snowman building.
Camping Merit Badge
Camping is one of the best-known methods of the Scouting movement. When he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged every Scout to learn the art of living out-of-doors. He believed a young person able to take care of himself while camping would have the confidence to meet life’s other challenges, too.
The Camping merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout
There are many preplanned programs available to PLCs who are planning meetings and activities for their troops. One of these is the Fishing Troop Program Feature .
This checkoff list could be used by a scribe to keep track of which Scouts have earned which merit badges or could be used by an individual Scout.
A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.
The forestry program feature offers the opportunity to introduce natural resource management and conservation in a Boy Scout troop setting.
Many outdoor activities require extensive knowledge of knots: camping, climbing, rappelling, spelunking, and more.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Camping troop program feature for Boy Scouts. The focus of this program feature is on outdoor skills.
Our council has a “Toasted Chit” training for pressurized fuel use. I believe this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction.
Tent pitching contests are an inter-patrol activity staple. To make it a blindfolded tent pitching contest, just add blindfolds. If you want, let one team member keep his vision, but he can only participate by giving verbal instructions to the others. This makes a good communications exercise also.
I recently spent a week at Swift Base at S bar F Scout Ranch with our Boy Scout troop. Swift is normally a Venturing camp, so when they do a week for Boy Scouts, the only merit badges offered by the staff are Canoeing, Swimming, Lifesaving, Rowing, Water Sports, Small Boat Sailing, Climbing, Horsemanship, Rifle […]
Our scouts frequently do this badge at summer camp. But they often come home from camp with an incomplete because they haven’t complete requirement 9. They often think they have 20 days and nights of camping when they sign up for the badge, but they don’t realize that those must all be tent camping and […]
If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.
Camping is an essential part of the Boy Scout program and Scouts need to keep track of how much camping they have done. There is a space for this in the back of their handbook, but as a Camping merit badge counselor, I know that there are some other aspects of their campouts they need […]
One thing new scouts (and new leaders) often ask the first few times they go camping is “What do I need to bring?” Download a suggested list of personal camping gear.
A weekend campout planning guide will let your Boy Scout troop share the planning responsibilities for monthly camping trips, but will still provide consistency from one campout to the next.