Sometimes Scouts have trouble coming up with new ideas when planning meals for camp. Foil packs, hamburgers, hotdogs, repeat. Get creative with some new ideas.
Outdoor Skills and Awareness
Start a fire with a lemon, copper brads, zinc nails, wire, and steel wool.
When preparing for a campout, one of the most common questions from less experienced campers is “What should I bring?” This article from Boy’s Life magazine is a good list of must haves for that campout.
Marianna from Pack 377 in Fort Meade, MD sent in these two songs which she made up to help teach herWolves about square knots and overhand knots.
Boy Scouts working on their Tenderfoot rank need to learn about poisonous plants. Being able to identify hazardous plants will help all Scouts who are in the outdoors, so this knowledge is not just for rank advancement.
This is the fourth in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, examples are given for project categories which were not discussed in the previous articles.
This is the fifth and final article in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, the Hornaday award requirements for Venturers are described.
This is the third in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, author Ken Zabel describes some of the Hornaday projects which members of Troop 319 completed. This article describes how the individual awards and the unit Hornaday awards were earned.
This is the second in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, author William O’Brochta tells about how he learned about the Hornaday Awards and his efforts to earn the Hornaday Awards.
The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the scouts and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation.
This Bear den meeting plan covers most of the three requirements for the Bear Claws adventure. Bear Claws is all about pocketknives and whittling.
When discussing pocket knife safety with Cub Scouts, they demonstrated their safety knowledge with a fake pocket knife made from cardboard.
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of going camping. If you are a novice, the key is to have some support from somebody who is comfortable “in the wild”.
At this Wolf den meeting for the Call of the Wild adventure, Wolves prepare for camping by learning about knots, fire, the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace.
At this Tiger den meeting, Tigers plant a tree or other plant. Then they take a “one foot hike” and a longer walk with their adult partner.
This Tiger den meeting plan covers two of the five requirements for the Backyard Jungle Tiger adventure. The focus of this meeting is birds!
The new Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.
A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room – Robert Baden-Powell
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.
The Be Aware and Care Cub Scout pack meeting plan features ideas for the core value of compassion- games, group activities, songs, and more.
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.
By earning this award, Boy Scouts become more aware of the principles of Leave No Trace and the Outdoor Code and learn to have minimal impact on the environment when hiking, camping, and participating in other outdoor activities.
Cub Scouts and their leaders can earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award to start learning about being responsible citizens while outdoors.
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.
For the Grow Something adventure, Wolves learn about plants and gardening.
For the Salmon Run adventure, Bears learn swimming and boating safety rules and then go have fun in the water.
For the Spirit of the Water adventure, Wolves learn about water conservation and how to enjoy swimming and boating safely.
For the Into the Woods adventure, Webelos learn all about trees and the forest ecosystem.
For the Into the Wild adventure, Webelos learn about wildlife and the balance of nature.
For the Finding Your Way adventure, Wolves learn map and compass skills.
For the Castaway adventure, Webelos learn survival skills for situations where shelter, water, and electricity might not be available.
For the Floats and Boats adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn boats, swimming, and water safety.
For the Build It adventure, Webelos learn about using tools safely and carpentry. Then they use what they have learned to build a project.
For the Baloo the Builder adventure, Bears learn about tools and make a wood project.
For the Aquanaut adventure, Webelos learn about safety in the water while swimming and boating and practice their aquatics skills.