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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.
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.
Boy Scout program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme.
Summer camp is the highlight of the Scout year. It takes a lot of planning beforehand to pull it off smoothly though.