Help the young men get prepared to have a successful camping experience.
Organize a series of activities to prepare young men for a campout. These activities could span a number of months.
- Knot-tying. Go through a series of activities (such as a relay or competition) to teach and practice tying knots.
- Camp basics. Learn and practice how to pitch a tent and gain an understanding of “leave no trace” camping.
- Orienteering. Learn topographic map reading skills, how to use a compass, and what to do if lost in the outdoors. Consider completing an orienteering course.
- First aid. Practice safety and first aid skills, such as how to deal with blisters, sprains, and other minor injuries; recognizing and avoiding poisoning plants; CPR; and so on.
- Camp cooking. Learn about transport, fuel, and safety in using a camp stove or cooking over a fire. Practice making a meal in an outdoor setting.
- Campout. Apply the skills learned on an overnight campout. Complete requirements to fulfill merit badges or rank advancements.
For detailed direction on these activities, see Troop Program Features Volumes I–III.