One reason why youth choose to get involved in Scouting is for the adventure. Scouts learn to try new activities and to push the limits of their comfort zone.
Outdoor Essentials for Cub Scouts
Even as winter approaches and it gets to cold for the Cub Scouts to get out tent camping, we can still get them outdoors on a day hike. Make sure your Cub Scouts know the 10 Outdoor Essentials.
Product Review: Flowfold Optimist Mini Backpack
The nice folks at Flowfold sent me one of their Optimist Mini Backpacks for review. This is a 10L backpack and is just the right size for a day pack. I used it over the weekend at a youth camp where the buildings were very spread out and I wanted to be able to keep a few things with me all day.
Avoiding Hypothermia During Cold Weather Activities
Avoiding hypothermia is key to a successful outdoor activity in cold weather, be it camping, hiking, skiing, ice skating, or snowman building.
Venturing Ranger Award Helps and Documents
The Venturing Ranger Award is available to all young men and women who are registered Venturers. This is the high adventure award for Venturers. A Venturer who earns the Ranger Award has shown that he or she is ready to live life to the fullest and is prepared for all types of situations.
Complete Caving Manual by Andy Sparrow
Caving (or spelunking) requires knowledge and preparation for a safe outdoor adventure.
Script or Ceremony for Venturing Ranger Award
A reader asks " We are planning my son's Eagle COH and he also recently earned his Venturing Ranger Award. The Crew Leader has agreed to award this during his COH but I can not find any type of "script" for the Ranger Award for the Crew Leader to use. Any suggestions? " First of all, congratulations to your son. Eagle and Ranger! That's a special accomplishment.
National Outdoor Awards – Adventure Segment Requirements
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Adventure Segment, a Scout or Venturer must learn to be prepared during outdoor adventures. He or she must also complete a challenging backpacking, paddling, sailing, climbing, or other high-adventure activity. See the specifics , along with some related helps and awards.
Equestrian Ranger Award Elective Helps and Documents
Venturers working on the Equestrian Ranger Award elective learn how to prepare for a safe and enjoyable adventure on horseback. They learn how to control a horse while riding and care for equipment. They also teach others about horsemanship.
COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The COPE feature teaches Scouts to go beyond their comfort zones They develop self esteem by facing challenges individually and as a member of a team.
Mountaineering Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To earn the Mountaineering elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn about climbing and bouldering, practice climbing and rappelling skills, and teach others about what they have learned.
Project COPE Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Project COPE elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must complete a BSA COPE course, attend a COPE director's course, or participate in an outdoor education course.
Cave Exploring Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To earn the Cave Exploring elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn about caving and the skills needed to explore caves. Then they must explore a cave and share their knowledge with others.
National Outdoor Badges – Riding
When I first looked at this badge, I didn’t realize that riding covers both horseback riding and bike riding, Hopefully your Scouts BSA Troop program includes one or both of those activities.