Scouting Program Archives: Camping Troop Program Feature
Nowhere is the romance of the BSA more evident than in camp. Whether it’s an overnight campout or a week at summer camp, an outdoor setting promises fun and adventure – two of Scouting’s great attractions.
A troop that camps out almost every month of the year will have a strong appeal to Scouts. On the other hand, a troop that rarely gets outdoors might have trouble holding the interest of boys.
The big event of the month will be a campout that encourages Scouts to improve their camping skills. The campout might have another emphasis, too – perhaps nature study, astronomy, conservation, fishing, or wilderness survival.
Find the complete plans for the Camping Troop Program Feature on the BSA website.
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.
BSA 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.
Camping 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.
Hiking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives.
Cooking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Our Boy Scout troop is planning a campout in the spring based on the Cooking merit badge. I am a counselor for this badge, so I am working with the youth campmaster to help him plan the activities.
Camping 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.
Troop Program Features - Program Planning The Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader work together to develop long term plans for a Boy Scout troop. One thing which can help with this is the BSA troop program features.
National Outdoor Badges - Camping If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.
Weather Hazards Online Course Be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.
Boy 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.
The 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.
Troop Program Features for Meetings and Outings Boy Scout program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme.
Planning for Summer Camp Summer camp is the highlight of the Scout year. It takes a lot of planning beforehand to pull it off smoothly though.