Scouting teaches youth to learn about the outdoors and to protect our natural resources through conservation efforts. Scouts also learn to be comfortable in the outdoors and appreciate the natural world.
Themed Summer Camps for Scouts and Venturers
Catholic Adventure Week, STEM Camps, Sea Scouts vs Pirates, camps for those who like to rough it, fishing camp, Eagle Trail camp, horse camp, and more.
Sharing the Grocery Shopping Load
The Committee recommended that the patrol leaders try to convince some of the other scouts to take a turn.
Paddle Sports Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Paddle Sports program feature helps Scouts learn how to safely enjoy non-motorized trips on the water. Scouts learn about canoeing, kayaking, or stand up paddleboarding.
Review – Johnson Shut-ins Campground
A few weeks ago our troop camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. The campground was completely rebuilt following the Taum Sauk hydroelectric power station disaster in 2005.
‘Twas the Campout Before Christmas
Kim Gilbert of Pack 533 in Andover, Kansas sent me this take on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas so I could share it with you. Thanks Kim! I'm sure many of the Cub Packs out there will enjoy this.
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
The Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award recognizes Cub Scouts who have made the most of the outdoor adventures available to them. The first year the award is earned, the Cub Scout gets a pocket flap to wear on their uniform shirt. Each successive time it is earned, they get a wolf track pin to wear on the pocket flap.
Wild Weather Adventure Game
This is a board game I came across recently on the NASA Space Place website. It is going to take a little time for you to print and prepare the materials, but I think this would be a hit at any weather themed scout meeting.
Printable Explanation of the Water Cycle
With all of the rain we've been having lately, this seems like a good time to post this aid to help explain the water cycle. I made this aid to help my Webelos when they were working on the Weather belt loop as a requirement for the Scientist activity badge. The material also fits in with the Weather merit badge.
The troop is going horseback riding at Beaumont Scout Reservation this weekend. Hopefully it won't rain
Camping at Swift Base
Swift offers weeks of summer camp for Venturers and Explorers. Activities include water skiing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, rappelling, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, mountain biking, rifle shooting, and archery.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Book Series
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.
Shooting Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
One of the resources which BSA provides for Scouts BSA Troops is a set of troop program feature guides. Our troop is planning a shotgun shooting outing in August, so they will probably be looking at some of the ideas in the Shooting program feature.
Review – Washington State Park
Our Scouts BSA Troop recently had a family campout at Washington State Park. I recommend this campground. There was definitely plenty to do and see there and we had a great time. I'm sure we'll be going back.
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."
Winter Camp Games and Activities
Nancy sent in this question: "I would like ideas for a winter camp that we either play inside or outside in the snow at a cub camp with 3rd year Beavers."
Review – Davis Bayou Campground
Overall, this was a good campground because of the location and all of the attractions in the area, but the bugs were a real annoyance.
Review – Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi
Overall, I'd recommend this park for camping, but you might want to bring some earplugs and bug spray.
Review – New Orleans West KOA Campground
I would definitely recommend this campground. The neighborhood felt very safe and it was definitely a more economical way for the six of us to visit New Orleans than staying in a hotel.
Review – Mina Sauk Falls Trail at Taum Sauk State Park
Our troop recently camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. While we were there, we took a day trip to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail.
My Webelos had a great weekend at our district Spring Camporee. Three of my four Webelos attended. Fortunately the severe weather which had been predicted earlier for late Saturday afternoon passed to the south of us, so we did not have to bug out early. The field was wet and muddy and there was some rain, but that didn't dampen their spirits.
Eraser Prints of Animal Tracks
I received an email a few days ago from a Scouter Mom who was doing a nature station at a day camp and wanted information about making the eraser prints for Bear elective 12b. Here is some information about it in case anyone else wants to do this.
Stories about Kids and Conservation
When working on conservation requirements, I like to use stories about youth who are participating in conservation projects. I think it makes it more interesting to the Scouts if they see that young people can make a difference.
Historic Trails Program
This award recognizes young men and women in Scouts BSA and Venturing who have planned and executed a historic outdoor activity in cooperation with a local society.
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.
Wilderness Survival Ranger Core Requirement Helps and Documents
To complete the Wilderness Survival core requirement for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn and practice outdoor skills.
The Versatile Frisbee
Many campers consider the frisbee an indispensable piece of gear for camp. How do you use your frisbee to improve camp life?
Finding Out About Endangered Species in Your Area
Conservation and Scouting go hand in hand. Since getting outdoors is a big part of the Cub Scout and Scouts BSA programs, it makes sense that we should teach Scouts about protecting our natural resources.
Leather Bookmark Project
A leather bookmark project is suitable for those who are new to the art of leatherwork. It is simple enough for those not familiar with leatherwork, but it includes the basics of cutting, punching, and stamping.
National Day of Unplugging
The first Friday in March is the National Day of Unplugging. So encourage Scouts to turn off those devices and go outside! Can you completely go unplugged for 24 hours? This might be a little easier for Scouts, especially if they are camping.
Maps, Compasses, and Declination
Scouts will be interested to learn that the north indicated by their compasses is not really true north. Instead it points to the magnetic north pole, which is not fixed. The difference between true north and magnetic north is called declination.
My Favorite Knot Book
This book was recommended a few years ago when I went to Cub Scout BALOO training. I am not a "knot person". I can watch someone do a knot and repeat it, but an hour later it is forgotten.
Wilderness Survival Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Wilderness Survival program feature helps Scouts learn how to stay safe, warm, and dry when the unexpected happens during an outdoor adventure.
Finding Direction Using a Watch
For the Second Class navigation requirements, Scouts must show how to find their way at day and night without a compass. This method only requires a watch.
Take Me Out to the Forest Song
Take Me Out to the Forest is a classic Scouting song. Sing it around the campfire, when you're out on a hike, or when you are camping.
Camp Programs for First Year Scouts BSA
Summer camp is usually the highlight of the Scouting year. It can be particularly exciting for first year Scouts BSA. It can also be a little intimidating. A program designed specifically for new Scouts will help them adjust to camp life.
Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure Helps and Documents
Scouting Adventure is one of the Arrow of Light required adventures. For this adventure, Webelos find out what it will be like to be a member of a Scouts BSA troop and they learn some outdoor skills.
Crossing the Alligator Pit Game
This is a very challenging game which combines lashing skills and teamwork. It would work well for an interpatrol activity at a meeting focused on pioneering skills.
Hand Washing Station Gadget
This is a gadget which was shown to us at a recent Roundtable. It uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.
It is helpful to go over the terminology with Scouts before working on learning a knot. That way we have a common vocabulary to start with.
Poison Ivy Fact and Fiction
Summertime activities in the outdoors are great, but watch out for poison ivy. The best way to avoid problems is to avoid poison ivy.
Arrow of Light Requirements – Camping
I received this question from a reader: Hello, Is camping over night with a scout troop, a "must" for Webelos for the Arrow of Light badge? If they just participate in scout led activities during the day, is that enough? Thanks !
Wolf Call of the Wild Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Call of the Wild is one of the Wolf required adventures. For this adventure, Wolves go camping, learn some Scout skills, think about being prepared for outdoor adventure, and learn about Leave No Trace.
Disposing of Dishwater at Camp
Scouts should know how to dispose of water which has been used for cleaning dishes, which is also known as gray water. One easy way to strain dishwater is to use a plastic grocery bag.
Arrow of Light Outdoor Adventurer: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Outdoor Adventurer is one of the Arrow of Light CORE Adventure Requirements. In this adventure, Webelos learn how to set up tents, how to be prepared for weather and natural disasters, and other outdoor skills such as geocaching, knot tying, the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace. They practice their skills on a campout.
Camping Information Sheet for Camping Merit Badge
Depending on the scouts memories to come up with their 20 days of tent camping is always chancy, so I asked the unit leaders to have any scouts who wanted to do this at camp with me to fill out a camping information sheet and bring it to camp with them.
Water Cycle Demonstration
This is a water cycle demonstration which will add some pizazz to a meeting about weather or a Weather merit badge workshop.
Prevention and Treatment of Chafing at Camp
With all of the first aid information in the various Cub Scout and Scouts BSA handbooks, I never come across much information about the one problem we see most frequently at summer camp
Mountain Lion Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
For the Mountain Lion adventure, Lions learn about having fun and staying safe outdoors. Mountain Lion is one of the required adventures for the Lion badge.
National Outdoor Badges Award for Hiking
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.
How Mountains Are Formed – Easy Demonstration
This simple demonstration shows how mountains are formed, particularly how fold mountains are formed.
Bear Necessities Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Bear Necessities is one of the Bear required adventures. For this adventure, Bears learn some outdoor skills, go camping, do some cooking, and learn a little about the weather.
Pot and Towel Rack Camp Gadget
These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack. There is a small picture of a similar gadget in the Scouts BSA handbook.
Blister Treatment – First Aid
Blisters are a common injury for outdoor and physical activities. Correct blister treatment can prevent further irritation. Learn blister first aid.
Camp Drake – Summer Camp
A review of our troop's week of summer camp at Camp Drake in eastern Illinois, near Champaign-Urbana.
Tigers in the Wild Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Tigers in the Wild is one of the Tiger required adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn some outdoor skills, go hiking, and participate in other outdoor activities.
Easy Neckerchief Slide Holder Project
Making and collecting neckerchief slides is a Scouting tradition. A neckerchief slide holder will help keep them organized. T
Personal Measurement Log for Orienteering
When you go on an orienteering course, you need to have some ways to measure things. Some of the methods used require you to have something of known length for comparison. A personal measurement log will help you with this.
BSA Methods – The Outdoors
Being outdoors presents Scouts BSA with challenges and adventures. Youth enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.
Twig Picture Frame Craft
A twig picture frame craft is a DIY nature craft which can be made by Cub Scouts. This frame makes a nice gift for somebody special. It also can be used at a meeting about family heritage, to frame a family picture.
Scouting and camping go hand in hand. By camping, Scouts learn to think ahead, use their resources wisely, and rely on each other. And they have plenty of fun and adventure along the way!
Backpacking Troop Program Feature
This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Scouts BSA Troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.
Leaf Print Craft
Nature crafts are good scout activities for several reasons. First, you can get the kids outside to collect the supplies. While they are there, they can look around and really see the outdoors. Second, they are usually inexpensive. And third, I just like the way natural stuff looks.
Neckerchief Slide Bracelet
When ZM's den received their Arrow of Light award and crossed over to Scouts BSA. My den gave me a gift which included a gift certificate and this Cub Scout neckerchief slide bracelet which one of the moms made.
Seed Mosaics Craft
Here's a spring craft idea for all of you Tiger leaders. Have the scouts make seed mosaics to give to mom for Mother's Day.
Snapper Fishing Game – A Lashings Game
This is a traditional Scout lashings game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.
Webelos/AOL Castaway Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Documents
Castaway is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Webelos Castaway adventure, Cub Scouts learn survival skills for situations where shelter, water, and electricity might not be available.
Camping Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Camping program feature teaches Scouts helps Scouts experience the fun and adventure of camp life. Theses camping program ideas include some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings
Boot Scraper Camp Gadget
Here is a really simple camp gadget I saw at a camporee a few years back. It was a simple boot scraper camp gadget for scraping the mud off of the bottom of the boots.
What Is the Order of the Arrow?
Some of you may have Scouts BSA or Venturers in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Scouting, they threw something new at you!
Fish and Chips and Vinegar Song
The Fish and Chips and Vinegar song fits in well with a Backyard Fun theme. It includes a reminder to keep our backyards free of trash! It would also fit in well with a conservation theme.
Coed Camping with a Venturing Crew
Venturing Crews are can include young men and young women and many enjoy camping. Coed camping with a Scouting unit presents its own set of concerns and challenges
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