BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The second in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers the Outdoorsman Activity Badge.
You don’t have to camp overnight to meet the requirments for Outdoorsman, but your Webelos would find it fun and exciting. If you want to camp overnight but are not sure about the paperwork and preparation required, check with your Boy Scout troop. They should be able to help you out.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 3 to follow along with this article.
Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plans: BSA Plans #3 – Outdoorsman
Preparation and Before the Meeting
You need to find a suitable location for the meeting, a place which will let you have a campfire.
You probably won’t need many gathering activities. When you get Webelos outdoors, they can usually start up a game on their own. Or they can help you set up.
Say the Scout Law.
Hand out recognitions. This might be a good time to go over some safety rules.
You will be doing Outdoorsman requirements and 2, and then 5, 7, 8, 10, 11.
Outdoorsman Requirement 1: Present yourself to your Webelos den leader, properly dressed, as you would be for an overnight campout. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
Note that they just have to present themselves ready to complete this requirement, not actually camp.
Outdoorsman Requirement 2: With your family or Webelos den, help plan and take part in an evening outdoor activity that includes a campfire.
Skits are always a fun addition to a campfire program. See my skits page for ideas. You might want to save this for last though.
Outdoorsman Requirement 5: During a Webelos den meeting, discuss how to follow the Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines during outdoor activities
See my Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award article for more information. Your Webelos might even want to work on this award.
Outdoorsman Requirement 7: Discuss with your Webelos den leader the rules of outdoor fire safety. Using these rules, show how to build a safe fire and put it out.
Outdoorsman Requirement 8: With your accompanying adult on a campout or outdoor activity, assist in preparing, cooking, and cleanup for one of your den’s meals. Tell why it is important for each den member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
See my recipes page for some recipe ideas.
Outdoorsman Requirement 10: Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
If you have a Den Chief, let him help with this. He should have learned this skill as part of his early rank requirements.
Outdoorsman Requirement 11: Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show ho to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
Your Den Chief can also help with this. If you don’t have a Den Chief or aren’t sure about how to do knots, see My Favorite Knot Book
Close with the Scout Oath.
After the Meeting
Have the Webelos help clean up, following the rules of Leave No Trace. Remind everyone what needs to be done for the next meeting.