Outdoor Skills and Awareness

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Scouts Who Don’t Enjoy the Outdoors

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?

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Fish and Chips and Vinegar Song

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 […]

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Sustainability Merit Badge

The Sustainability Merit Badge was added as a new merit badge in the summer of 2013. This badge focuses on lifestyle adaptations which use our planet’s natural resources more wisely.

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Backpacking Troop Program Feature

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.

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Wolf Adventure Trail

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.

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Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving;

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50 Mile Canoe Trip Pin

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.”

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Venturing is a BSA program for young men and women. The Venturing Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills program.

Venturing Ranger Award Requirements

The Venturing Ranger requirements provide an opportunity for Venturers to explore a number of areas related to the outdoors. To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives.

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Arrow 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 !

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Orienteering Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Orienteering Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Orienteering is a sport that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in unfamiliar terrain. Boy Scouts can learn all about orienteering when they earn their Orienteering merit badge.

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Shooting Sports

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Shooting Sports, a Venturer must learn all shooting safely using air pistols or rifles, archery, muzzle loading rifles, pistols, shotguns or small-bore rifles. Then he or she must teach others about shooting sports by making a table top display or presentation.

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Hiking the 1000 Steps Trail

Hiking Activities

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.

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Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Hunting

To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Hunting , a Venturer must take a hunter education course, learn about hunting rules and regulations, and plan and carry out a hunting trip. He or she must also assist with a hunter education course, assist in a hunting or fishing event, or interview a game warden […]

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