My boys are off for three days of fun (otherwise known as the Fathers and Sons Campout) where there will be (I’m sure) plenty of dirt and grime and bugs and all those wonderful things boys require to be happy.
We packed plenty of clothes, blankets and extra socks, but we also threw in a short list of things my Webelos scout is to do for his Outdoorsman Activity Badge. This is a badge he needs to earn the cub scout award to end all cub scout awards, the Arrow of Light.
I also gave a list to my Wolf scout. They both know the couple of things they NEED to do (things like help pitch the tent and help make a meal) along with things they can do if they get the opportunity (like go on a hike).
We’ll see what they come home with.
In any case, I thought it’d be handy to list the scouting awards you might want to take a look at before your next camping trip.
Wolf Scout elective, “Let’s Go Camping.”
Depending on where you’re camping, there may be a wildlife refuge nearby which would make a fun trip in the afternoon. There’s a fish hatchery about a 10 minute drive from where we tend to camp and my boys love it! If you have a Bear Scout, see if there’s something in the area to fulfill requirement 5d, “Visit one of the following: Zoo, Nature center, Aviary, Wildlife refuge, Game preserve.”
Again, depending on where you go, elective 15c might be a good one to work on: “Visit a burned-out forest or prairie area, or a slide area, with your den or your family. Talk to a soil and water conservation officer or forest ranger about how the area will be planted and cared for so that it will grow to be the way it was before the fire or slide.”
Bears who go camping with their family will fulfill at least one requirement in the “Family Outdoor Adventure” category.
As for the older Boy Scouts, some sort of camping-related requirement is part of every rank’s requirements. Most of the time, this is done with the patrol, but there are still things you can work on. Check out the rank advancement requirements to see what your son could be working on.
Duty to God gets in on the camping action too. The Physical Development category for Deacons have two camping-related requirements, #7 “Prepare the equipment for an overnight camping trip. Show that you can set up a tent, cook on an open fire or on a camp stove, build a latrine, and restore the surroundings to how they were before your stay.” and #8 “While camping, show that you know the proper way to build a cooking fire or set up a camp stove. Teach someone else how to build a fire, emphasizing 5 safety rules.”
If you have girls and none of these requirements apply to them, that’s alright. Take your daughters camping anyway.