One of the methods that Scouting uses to develop character, leadership, and citizenship in its members is the outdoor experience. This platform provides memories and adventures for Scouts of all ages. The outdoor experience sets the scene for many opportunities to build the core skills of a Scout.
Troop 649 works hard to ensure there are opportunities every month of the year for Scouts to get outside. Winter camping, summer camping, backpacking and canoe trips are just a few of the events that you will find on Troop 649's calendar.
10 Essentials & Gear
A Scout is thrifty, one of the 12 points of the Scout Law. This also includes ensuring that your Scout has the resources needed to have a great time in a variety of conditions while outdoors.
Part of being prepared is for Scouts to pack their own gear and ensure they have what they need. Learning happens when a Scout understands the impact of preparation and planning.
As your Scout learns, we will have opportunities to teach him along the way. Prior to all campouts we have a gear check, typically the night before. During this meeting we review the gear the Scout has packed against the 10-essentials list and the gear checklist.
OK.... so maybe a backstory on this picture is in order. We train our Scouts and leaders extensively to ensure your scout has a great experience. Some times we get a little crazy on the "be prepared" part of things in our training, like in this example of a roleplay scenario for our Wilderness First Aid class.
Now back to health forms... prior to taking your Scout out on an adventure we need to ensure that your scout is healthy enough to participate. We have a copy of the medical health form required for all Scouts and adults on our FORMS AND LINKS page. A form will need to be completed and signed by your physician yearly.
Types of Campouts
Typically a 7-9 day camp experience where Scouts have the opportunity to work on their Trail to First Class, earn merit badges, and (for older Scouts) participate in High Adventure activities. As a Troop we like to alternate yearly an out-of-state camp with an in-state camp to give the Scouts a variety of experiences.
Three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring) the Mountain Valley District hosts a campout for all Troops in the District. This usually has 15-20 troops joining together to participate in a weekend of camping. Some of the recent themes have been Orienteering, Zombie Apocalypse, Primitive Camping, and High Tech Camping.
There are times when the Troop just wants to go hang out somewhere. During these weekends we pick a location with one activity and plan to let the Scouts just be Scouts. We have gone to Boiling River to soak, Emerald Lake to backpack, and Harrison Lake to bird-watch.