A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room – Robert Baden-Powell
Outdoor Skills and Awareness
Catapult Cruzers recently sent me a couple of samples to review. Catapult Cruzers are toy airplanes which you put together and launch. These planes would be great for Scouts of any age. See the article for information about a free giveaway.
Avoiding hypothermia is key to a successful outdoor activity in cold weather, be it camping, hiking, skiing, ice skating, or snowman building.
The High Adventure troop program feature for Boy Scouts will help a PLC plan a month of activities based on a high adventure campout. The campout should enourage Scouts to get out of their comfort zones and try something new
The We Don’t Have a Skit skit is great because it can be used with any number of Scouts. It is also a good skit to do with younger Scouts because they don’t have to remember many lines.
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
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 .
In a couple of weeks, our crew is going to Fall Fun Rally. This annual event, which started 41 years ago in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, claims to be the largest annual gathering of Venturers and Explorers.
Here are some water bottle holder projects I came across recently. Scouts will want to keep their water bottles with them when they can carry them in a water bottle holder they made themselves.
The focus of the Environmental troop program feature for Boy Scouts is on the interdependence of living things.
Reader question: There is a cub in our pack that has no interest in the outdoors. He and I were talking about our upcoming family camp and he is dreading it. How can I help get him interested in being outdoors?
The Fish and Chips and Vinegar song fits in well with this month’s Backyard Fun theme. It includes a reminder to keep our backyards free of trash! It would also fit in well with a conservation theme. The song is sung as a round. If you don’t know the tune, here is a YouTube video […]
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.
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.
Stephen made a light up Arrow of Light for his son and was kind enough to send in pictures and instructions if anyone else would like to make one.
Larry sent in this helpful suggestion for a site with lots of pioneering projects.
Nancy sent in this question: “I would like ideas for a winter camp that we either play inside or outside in the snow at a cub camp with 3rd year Beavers.”
A reader asks “What is an adventure trail for Wolf Elective 18?”. An adventure trail is five activities or games set up in different areas of a park.
This wilderness survival program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with a focus on outdoor skills and survival techniques.
Reader Bruce asked “Does anyone know where I can buy a pin for scouts who completed a 50 mile canoe trip? I would ideally like a paddle shaped pin with 50 Mile on the paddle.”
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 !
If you are looking for a summer camp for next year with plenty of activities for all of your Scouts, I highly recommend Camp Gamble.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
The forestry program feature offers the opportunity to introduce natural resource management and conservation in a Boy Scout troop setting.
Here is a tip for Scouts working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge for a homemade fly trap to help save money feeding your critters.
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.
Knowledge of fire safety and the fire triangle is an essential outdoor skill. Scouts should understand the science of fire when camping. Understanding the way fire works and what is required to start and sustain a fire not only helps them build fires. It also helps scouts know how to contain fires and put them […]
Blisters are a common injury for outdoor and physical activities. Correct blister treatment can prevent further irritation. Learn blister first aid.
A review of our troop’s week of Boy Scout summer camp at Camp Drake in eastern Illinois, near Champaign-Urbana.
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.
Plant a garden based on a pizza theme so you can make pizzas with fresh herbs, tomatoes, and your other favorite ingredients.
Tornadoes are destructive storms are caused by a vortex. You can use the classic “tornado in a bottle” demonstration to explain how a vortex forms.
Boating/Canoeing Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts: The focus of this program feature is on fitness, boating skills, and swimming skills.
Homemade neckerchief slides are a Scouting tradition. John A. (Cubmaster of Pack 528 in Cascade Pacific Council, NW Oregon/SW Washington) sent me this idea for a Cub Scout neckerchief slide which looks like a little Cub Scout handbook. Thanks John! John also sent me this file with images for the slides: Mini Cub Scout Handbook Neckerchief Slide […]
Scouts can never do too many duct tape crafts! I found these very cute duct tape napkin rings and the instructions.
Our troop recently camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. While we were there, we took a day trip to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail.
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.
This printable environmental science vocabulary puzzle will help your Scouts remember their environmental science terminology.
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.
A major concern in this country is vanishing wildlife and wildlife habitat. Some of this loss comes from a lack of knowledge about the creatures of nature.