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BSA Methods – The Outdoors

The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting’s aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Scouts BSA is “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.

How can this method be incorporated into a Scouts BSA program:

  • Lots of outdoor activities – aim for at least one opportunity for Scouts to participate in an outdoor activity each month
  • Regular camping adventures – try some different locations
  • Ask the youth leadership what they would like to do with your outdoor program and give them the support they need to make it happen
  • Encourage adults to attend supplemental training so you can incorporate challenging activities in your outdoor experience – like canoeing, rock climbing, shooting sports

What does your unit do with this method? If you have a creative or unusual idea which you think others could benefit from, add it in the comments below.


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