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Campsites at Swift BaseThemed Summer Camps for Scouts and Venturers  Catholic Adventure Week, STEM Camps, Sea Scouts vs Pirates, camps for those who like to rough it, fishing camp, Eagle Trail camp, horse camp, and more.

 

CampingBSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan R - Let's Go Camping  In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts learn how to prepare for a campout for Bear Elective 25 – Lets Go Camping.

 

arrow-of-lightArrow of Light Requirements - Camping  I received this question from a reader: Hello, Is camping over night with a boy scout troop, a "must" for Webelos for the Arrow of Light badge? If they just participate in Boy scout led activities during the day, is that enough? Thanks !

 

Historic Trails AwardHistoric Trails Award  The Historic Trails Award recognizes Scouts who have incorporated some history into their hiking and camping experiences.

 

Wilderness Survival Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsWilderness Survival Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts who like building their own shelters and making survival packs will enjoy the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

 

Webelos Visit Tonight  Troop meeting tonight with 4 Webelos visiting . Boy Scouts are teaching them how to pack, pitch tents, camp skills, etc.

 

Venturing Ranger Award - BackpackingVenturing Ranger Award Requirements - Backpacking Elective  By completing the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Backpacking, a Venturer must learn many aspects of backpacking - from equipment to cooking on the trail to first aid. Then the Venturer must use these skills and teach them to others.

 

Venturing Ranger Wilderness SurvivalVenturing Ranger Award Core Requirement - Wilderness Survival  Venturing Ranger Award: A young man or woman must complete 8 requirements and 4 electives. 1 of the core requirements is Wilderness Survival

 

Swimming Area at Swift BaseSwift Explorer Base  Since I often do reviews when I go camping, I thought I'd do an article about some of our experiences at John S. Swift Explorer Base. Swift is located at S -F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Missouri.

 

Camp DrakeCamp Drake - Summer Camp  A review of our troop's week of Boy Scout summer camp at Camp Drake in eastern Illinois, near Champaign-Urbana.

 

Forest HikeTake Me Out to the Forest Song  Take Me Out to the Forest is a classic Scouting song. Sing it around the campfire, when you're out on a hike, or when you are camping.

 

15-piece survival kit built for hostile environments, Includes Gerber miniature multi-tool for a range of applications, Survival blanket, fire starter, snare wire, fishing and sewing kits, and more, Land to air rescue and SOS instructions, Comes with Bear Grylls' Priorities of Survival pocket guideBear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit  Nylon pouch, multi-tool, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, pocket survival guide, and rescue instructions.

 

This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.60 Hikes Within 60 Miles (Multiple Locations Available)  This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.

 

049Review - Johnson Shut-ins Campground  A few weeks ago our troop camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. The campground was completely rebuilt following the Taum Sauk hydroelectric power station disaster in 2005.

 

OutdoorsBSA Methods - The Outdoors  One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”. Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.

 

CampingCamping Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts  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.

 

Santa Sleigh‘Twas the Campout Before Christmas  Kim Gilbert of Pack 533 in Andover, Kansas sent me this take on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas so I could share it with you. Thanks Kim! I'm sure many of the Cub Packs out there will enjoy this.

 

Interpreting the PetroglyphsReview – Washington State Park  Our Boy Scout troop recently had a family campout at Washington State Park. I recommend this campground. There was definitely plenty to do and see there and we had a great time. I'm sure we'll be going back.

 

Camping Merit BadgeCamping Information Sheet for Camping Merit Badge  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 Shooting, and Shotgun Shooting. So the Scouters attending camp with their units were asked to offer additional outdoor oriented merit badges.

 

PlanningPatrol Planner for Campouts  The hope is that after a few months, this will provide some consistency so that our youth leaders will do more planning and delegating without as much adult intervention. I think if we provide them with some help and training and they try it, they will see that the patrol method really does provide a way for everyone to share in the duties and makes planning campouts easier.

 

Camping Merit BadgeCamping Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  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 they can only count one summer camp. Or they haven't done the part where two of the campouts must include climbing to an elevation, rappelling, etc. So as a registered counselor, I can sign off on this badge when they finally get enough nights and days of tent camping.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaBSA Medical Forms  All four of my boys had their physicals yesterday. And I took along the BSA medical form to have it filled out so they would be ready for camp this summer. Sometimes this takes parents by surprise. Remind them to make an appointment and get it done if they haven't already.

 

Summer CampCamp Programs for First Year Boy Scouts  Summer camp is usually the highlight of the Scouting year. It can be particularly exciting for first year Boy Scouts. It can also be a little intimidating. A program designed specifically for new Scouts will help them adjust to camp life.

 

Camping EquipmentSpring Camporee  My Webelos had a great weekend at our district Spring Camporee. Three of my four Webelos attended. Fortunately the severe weather which had been predicted earlier for late Saturday afternoon passed to the south of us, so we did not have to bug out early. The field was wet and muddy and there was some rain, but that didn't dampen their spirits.

 

Camping EquipmentReview - New Orleans West KOA Campground  I would definitely recommend this campground. The neighborhood felt very safe and it was definitely a more economical way for the six of us to visit New Orleans than staying in a hotel.

 

venturinglogoScouting Resources - High Adventure Destinations  Scoutmaster Clarke Greene - of The Scoutmaster Podcast fame - is developing a database of high adventure destinations. I love the idea! Adding a little adventure to a program keeps older Scouts engaged.

 

Camping EquipmentReview - Davis Bayou Campground  Overall, this was a good campground because of the location and all of the attractions in the area, but the bugs were a real annoyance.

 

Camping EquipmentReview - Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi  Overall, I'd recommend this park for camping, but you might want to bring some earplugs and bug spray.

 

FrisbeeThe Versatile Frisbee  Many campers consider the frisbee an indispensable piece of gear for camp. How do you use your frisbee to improve camp life?

 

Camping EquipmentCamping In Instead of Camping Out  We didn't expect a tremendous turnout for January tent camping, but only 3 youth (2 of them my sons) and my husband signed up. So it had to be cancelled.

 

National Outdoor BadgesNational Outdoor Badges - Camping   If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.

 

Summer CampThe Twelve Days of Camping Song  Heres another silly song for you. This works well at Christmas (because of the tune) or at camp (because of the theme).

 

Forest HikeOutdoor Essentials for Cub Scouts  Even as winter approaches and it gets to cold for the Cub Scouts to get out tent camping, we can still get them outdoors on a day hike. Make sure your Cub Scouts know the 10 Outdoor Essentials.

 

Camping EquipmentCamping Log for Boy Scouts  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 to record.

 

Leave-No-TraceBoy Scout Leave No Trace Award  Boy Scouts will complete a couple of the requirements for the Boy Scout Leave No Trace award while working their way toward Eagle Scout.

 

TreeThe Outdoor Code  Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.

 

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity AwardCub Scout Outdoor Activity Award  If your Cub Scouts attended day camp or resident camp over the summer, you might want to encourage them to work on their Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.

 

Order of the ArrowWhat Is the Order of the Arrow?  Some of you may have Boy Scouts in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Boy Scouts, they threw something new at you!

 

venturinglogoFall Fun Rally | BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event  This year Fall Fun Rally has been designated the BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event.

 

Sailing at Swift BaseCamping at Swift Base  Swift offers weeks of summer camp for Venturers and Explorers. Activities include water skiing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, rappelling, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, mountain biking, rifle shooting, and archery.