What Is Happening in Outdoor Programs?

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Outdoor Programs has a lot going on that might be of interest to you and your units. A high-level summary of items of interest are listed below. This information is also available on the Outdoor Programs website, which is your resource for anything in the outdoor program for all levels of Scouting. You can access information on aquatics, NCAP, fishing, COPE/climbing, shooting sports, conservation and the Hornaday awards, outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace, camp maintenance, and national highadventure base information.

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Outdoor Ethics Awards: These awards have recently been redone for all programs—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers—for both youth and adults.
  • National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP): All tools to support this major change in camp operations are available. Any revisions for 2014 will be shared on this site by the end of the year. These standards apply to all camping properties as well as day camps, resident camps, and high-adventure and specialty camps.
  • National Outdoor Badges: The five National Outdoor Badges recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who demonstrates both knowledge and experience in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, or adventure. Scouts earning the National Outdoor Badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.

Sea Scouts

The Sea Scouts program is often called the nautical division of the Boy Scouts of America. It is part of Venturing and is designed for boys and girls who are 14, or who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, through the age of 20. To learn more about the program or how to support a Sea Scout ship, go to the Sea Scout website. You can also contact the National Sea Scout Office by calling 972-580-2448 or emailing the national director, Keith Christopher, at keith.christopher@scouting.org. Help us provide this resource to youth who want to know all about the water.