A reader asks “What is the best backpack to get my scout for 1-2 night hikes?”
Camping Merit Badge
Camping is one of the best-known methods of the Scouting movement. When he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged every Scout to learn the art of living out-of-doors. He believed a young person able to take care of himself while camping would have the confidence to meet life's other challenges, too.
The Camping merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout
Printable helps for requirements:
The National Outdoor awards recognize Scouts BSA and Varsity Scouts who really get into outdoor activities. This award recognizes Scouts who do a lot of camping and who have the skills to be comfortable and safe at camp.
One idea we got from a parent whose older son was in a different troop was to have a campmaster for the monthly campout. Previously, about three families were pretty much rotating planning the campout. We had good participation from the other scouts, but the planning work was definitely not being shared.
Working on the requirements for the Camping merit badge help Scouts learn how to plan for a safe campout. They consider weather hazards, what to pack, and how to select a camping site. Then they put their knowledge to use by participating in multiple camping trips.
Our council has a “Toasted Chit” training for pressurized fuel use. I think this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction. So keep that in mind when reading.
Many outdoor activities require extensive knowledge of knots: camping, climbing, rappelling, spelunking, and more.