Our Cub Scout Pack hosts a spring camping trip each May. Since my husband recently attended BALOO training, he has been working to plan the camping trip for the scouts. Since I have close to a decade of scout camp experience through Girl Scouts, we have been working together to come up with some ideas for the trip, and matching those activities to the new Cub Scout requirements and electives.
It was a lot of work, but we have a general outline of what the scouts can do at camp, and which requirements/electives will be met. Steve is in the process of updating everything in ScoutBook so our families know, but I’m hoping this list will make it a bit easier on other Scouters who are currently planning activities for their dens and packs.
Just attending a camping trip with your den or pack meets several of the requirements at the different age levels.
- Wolf – Call of the Wild: 1
- Bear – Bear Necessities: 1
- AoL – Camper: 1-3, 7
Flag Ceremony & Opening
Having a flag ceremony is a nice way to officially start the camping trip. Make sure to follow proper flag etiquette while outdoors.
- Wolf – Council Fire: 1
- AoL – Building A Better World:1
Day Hike/Nature Walk
Taking a nature walk or day hike is a great way to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. There are many activities that you can do during the hike, and each level’s requirements are a little bit different.
- Tiger – Backyard Jungle: 1, 2, 5
- Tiger – Tigers in the Wild: 1-4, 6, 7
- Wolf – Call of the Wild: 3
- Wolf – Paws on the Path: 1-7
- Wolf – Code of the Wolf: 2A
- Bear: Fur, Feathers, & Ferns: 1, 4, 5
- Webelos – Webelos Walk About: 1, 3, 5
- Webelos or AoL – Castaway: 2G
- Webelos or AoL – Into the Wild: 1, 5, 6
- Webelos or AoL – Into the Woods: 1-3
Orienteering & Geocaching
This can be a fun project at camp, or for a day out with your den.
- Wolf – Finding Your Way: 4, 5
- AoL – Camper: 6
Fire Safety & Fire Building
If you are going to have a campfire during your trip, all scouts should attend a fire safety session. Review who can enter the fire circle, how to build a fire, how to maintain a safe fire, and how to extinguish a fire at the bare minimum.
- Wolf – Call of the Wild: 7
- Webelo – Cast Iron Chef: 1
- Webelos or AoL – Castaway: 1A
Even if this is a family camping trip, the scouts should be the ones preparing and cooking the majority of the meals. They can do a lot more than we often give them credit for.
- Bear – Bear Necessities: 5, 6
- Bear – Bear Picnic Basket: 2B
- Webelo – Cast Iron Chef: 4, 5
- Webelos or AoL – Castaway: 1B
Knowing a few basic knots, as well as how and when to use them, is great for any scout. There are wonderful knot tying kits available online if you want to go above and beyond with these skills.
- Wolf – Call of the Wild: 2
- AoL – Camper: 5
- AoL – Scouting Adventure: 5
Skits & Songs
Cub Scouts love to perform! Its great to have a session available during the day for the scouts to work in their patrols to come up with a skit or a song to perform during the evening’s campfire activities.
- Tiger – Tigers in the Wild: 5
- Tiger – Tiger Tales: 6
- Wolf – Call of the Wild: 6
- Wolf – Howling at the Moon: 2-4
- Bear – Bear Necessities: 2
- AoL – Camper: 4
- Webelos or AoL – Maestro: 3A, 3B
Now that I’m done with the Cub Scout camping trip activities, I plan on working on the activity list for Girl Scout camp in June. What are your scout’s favorite camp activities?