In the Cub Scout program, there is an emphasis on camping. My friend, Scouter Adam, reviewed the camping requirements on his blog and compiled the list for us. Another friend, Robert the Popcorn Guy, created this awesome Camping for Cubs chart using Adam’s information. Both Adam and Robert said that I could share their information with the Cub Scout Ideas readers.
You’ll find that going on a pack camp out is a requirement to earn your rank badge for Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens. The only exception is for those packs whose charter organization doesn’t allow pack camping.
What does this mean? Simply, our Cub Scouts need to camp to earn their rank. I believe it’s important to make sure your parents and leaders understand this.
In our pack, we usually plan two camp outs during the school year–one in the fall and one in the spring. Of course, that’s the prime time for sports as well. Here’s our work-around so that our boys can still camp and participate in their sports.
First, we try to find a campground that is within an hour’s drive or so. This allows our boys to compete in their sporting events during the morning and still be able to get to our campground to camp by late afternoon.
I encourage you to download Robert’s chart to share with your pack leaders and parents so that you can brainstorm ways to ensure all of your Cub Scouts camp out at least once during the year.
Comment below to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can get all of our boys around that camp out campfire!
Yours in Scouting,