I have finally reviewed a lot of the requirements that are coming into effect June 1st 2015. Our Council held a 4 hour class on the changes. Two Commissioners went to the Philmont Training Center over the summer and learned a lot. This class was an expanded version from what we taught at the November University of Scouting. I can see the vast difference from the one hour class to the four-hour class. It is just amazing to see what the whole week was like.
Since there are so many topics covered, I am just going to focus on the Camping aspect of what was conveyed in the four hour class.
I am pulling all of the information from the “Adventure Requirements and Insignia” PDF from the Scouting.org website. Understand that all the requirements are in the PDF and if you have questions, please consult that guide and work with your own Council resources to iron out issues. This is what I understand it to be and I am open to suggestions as needed. I will only be going over the Requirements and not electives. Requirements are needed for Advancement. Hence, the Den Leaders, Cubmaster and Pack Committee will need to be aware of these and plan accordingly. Also understand that if the Charter Organization forbids Camping, then the Pack will need to work out ways to resolve the requirements.
Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild:
5:Participate in an Outdoor Pack Meeting or Pack Campout Campfire. Sing a song and act out a skit with your Tiger Den as part of the Program
Wolf Adventure: Call of the Wild
1. While a Wolf Scout, attend a pack or family campout. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
6. On the campout, participate with your family or den in a campfire show. Prepare a skit or song, and then present it at the campfire for everyone else.
Bear Adventure: Bear Necessities
1. While working on your Bear badge, camp overnight with your pack. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
5. With your den, plan a cooked lunch or dinner that is nutritious and balanced. Make a shopping list, and help shop for the food. On a campout or at another outdoor event, help cook the meal and help clean up afterward.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Camper
1. With the help of your den leader or family, plan and conduct a campout. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.
2. On arrival at the campout, with your den and den leader or family, determine where to set up your tent. Demonstrate knowledge of what makes a good tent site and what makes a bad one. Set up your tent without help from an adult.
4. On a pack campout, work with your den leader or another adult to plan a campfire program with the other dens. Your campfire program should include an impressive opening, songs, skits, a Cubmaster’s minute, and an inspirational closing ceremony.
You will see in each Rank with the exception of the Webelos Badge, that every Rank requires a Campout or a Family Campout and in some cases a daylong outdoor activity with your Den or Pack. The Family Campout and Daylong outdoor activity wording is geared towards the Charter Organizations that do not allow overnight Camping. These could be for the LDS and also the Jewish Packs that observe Shabbat. Also, this would work for those Packs that cannot afford or creates a huge hardship in getting out to a Campsite to go camping. Kids do not join Scouting to be lectured at and to play in a gym. They want to be OUTSIDE and having fun. I wrote a post about The Nature-Deficit Disorder awhile back. Please read it for more information.
With careful planning and understanding from the Den Leaders, Cubmaster and Committee these requirements can be met very easily. If your Pack is already Camping. No sweat. If your Pack is not. Here is a great challenge. Or even a Wood Badge Ticket item!
I would also urge the Pack Leadership to look for District events such as Cub-o-Ree’s or Webelos Woods to help augment your planning. Webelos camping with Troops will also help resolve this issue.
Please bear in mind that any camping within a Pack or Webelos setting will still need proper training via BALOO and Trip Permits from Council. Please consult the Guide to Safe Scouting as well. It is not just Youth Protection needed, but these other trainings.
Do not worry. All this training will help you put on a great program for the Scouts. It is very much the same within Boy Scouts and other programs within the BSA that this type of Training is required. Your contribution and support of Scouting is greatly appreciated. Also, what you learn for Scouting can also be used in your daily life and within your family. Be Prepared!