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Scouting Program Archives: Hiking Troop Program Feature
“SCOUTING is three-QUARTERS -OUTING.” Anyone who has been around the BSA very long has heard that saying. Hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities are the heart of Scouting’s attraction for boys. Spending plenty of time outdoors will help every troop succeed.
The hiking program feature concentrates on hiking skills. It also offers Scouts opportunities to learn other outdoor lore. As they prepare for hikes and set out on the trail, younger Scouts can work on a variety of requirements for the ranks of Tenderfoot through First Class. Older Scouts will be able to tackle some of the requirements for a number of outdoor-related merit badges.
The troop’s big event for the month will be a trail trek – a hike of at least five miles in territory unfamiliar to the Scouts. As the patrol leaders’ council is planning a hike, they might want to figure out some special activities to do along the way – nature study, map and
compass use, or some other skill Scouts will enjoy. The destination of a hike can suggest activities, too – fishing in a lake or stream, cooking a meal over a camp stove or open fire, reaching the top of a high hill, or pitching in to help with a conservation project.
Find the complete plans for the Hiking Troop Program Feature on the BSA website.
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.
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.
Sports drinks like Gatorade or Power Aid are designed to replenish the water and salt your body loses when you are active or exercising. You can mix up your own powdered mix to accomplish this for a fraction of the cost of purchasing these drinks by the bottle.
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.
I don’t think anyone in our troop has come close to doing this much hiking, but we do have a group currently training for Philmont, so maybe they will make these goals.
We are coming up on some prime hiking season. In the spring the temperatures are mild and it isn’t buggy yet. So I am reviewing my favorite hiking book – 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. Hopefully there is one available in your area.
Be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.
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.