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The Outdoor Program

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys when they join Scouting. Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures each month throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do it themselves on an outing.

At the Cub Scout level, the outdoor program consists of camping, fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces boys to the outdoors and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will be applied more thoroughly as a Boy Scout. As Cub Scouts progress, the opportunities for outdoor adventures become more challenging.

At camp, scouts can learn how to appreciate the outdoors, sleep under the stars, cook their own food, play scouting games, participate in campfires, and have a lot of fun. Several camping trips will be planned throughout the year.

Hiking is one of the most exciting parts of the outdoors program. BSA policy allows all scouts may participate in hikes. However, Cub Scouts may only participate in day hikes. No overnight hikes. Hikes maybe completed as an entire pack or in their individual dens. Some of the hikes that the scouts may attend are home hikes; stop, look, and listen hikes; craft hikes; city hikes; and historical hikes.

Scouts typically go swimming while they are at camp. All swimming events are supervised by an adult who is over 21 years old and have taken Safe Swim Defense training from BSA. All swimming events are also supervised by professional lifeguards. During swimming events, all scouts are divided into three ability groups: non-swimmers, beginners, and swimmers. 

The Outdoor Code

Much of Scouting, including Cub Scouting, happens outside. For more than 60 years, the Outdoor Code has been a guide for Scouts in the outdoors. Remember to do your best by showing respect for the outdoors and by learning and upholding the Outdoor Code.

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to--

Be clean in my outdoor manners,

Be careful with fire,

Be considerate in the outdoors, and

Be conservation minded.