Outdoor Program Highlights

Cub Scoutings' camping and outdoor activities fulfill Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts dreams of fun, excitement, and adventure. They provide a natural setting for quality time with family and friends. Modern council camps, with qualified leadership, provide an ideal setting for these activities.

Check with your local council service center for information on the type of Cub Scouting outdoor opportunities offered in your area.

Cub Scout Day Camp

"The camp that comes to the boy," day camp is an accredited, organized, one- to five-day program for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts under trained leadership at an approved site, and is usually held during daylight or early evening hours, but not overnight. Den members are supervised by den and pack leaders.

Pack Overnighters

Cub Scouting packs are encouraged to provide their youth members with positive outdoor experiences. The format under which an entire pack can camp is a pack-organized camping activity.

  • Contact your local council for availability and approval.
  • Pack-organized family camping must be held in council-approved camping facilities that meet certain standards (Pack Overnighter Site Approval Form, No. 13-508).
  • In most cases, the youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. At least one adult or youth member of the family must be a registered member of the BSA.
  • Non-members (brothers and sisters) may participate if the event is specifically structured to accommodate them.
  • At least one pack leader in charge of the overnighter must complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO, No. 34162) prior to the pack overnighter and be on the campout. Additional guidelines for planning a pack overnighter are found in Chapter 33 of the Cub Scout Leader Book.

Note on shooting sports: Archery, BB guns, slingshots, etc., are restricted to Cub Scout day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-organized family camps or den or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. Archery and BB gun shooting sports are not to be used at the pack or den level.

It is important that early camping experiences be successful ones if Cub Scouts are to continue to have a desire to camp as they progress through Scouting. Proper equipment (bought, rented, or borrowed), age-appropriate activities, and careful planning are essential.

Resident Camping

Resident camping is an organized, accredited overnight camping program covering at least two nights and conducted under trained leadership in an established Scout camp operated by the council. Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and parents participate with den and pack leaders in a theme-related outdoor program.

Resident Camping Normally Includes These Outdoor Program Areas

  • Showmanship
  • Craftsmanship
  • Fitness
  • Nature
  • Sportsmanship
  • Waterfront
  • Campcraft

Each year a council provides adventures with different themes, such as "Sea Adventure," "Space Adventure," "Athletes," "Knights," "American Indian Heritage," "Folklore," and "The World Around Us." Some councils have Cub Worlds that offer different theme villages with permanent facilities.

Webelos Den Overnight Camping

Webelos Scout-and-parent overnighters introduce the boy and his parent to the camping program, under the leadership of the Webelos den leader. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his father or mother.

Joint Webelos den-troop campouts are encouraged for dens of fifth-grade Webelos Scouts with their parents to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. These joint campouts should not be at Boy Scout-based events such as camporees. Webelos dens are encouraged to have several overnighters a year.

Guidelines for planning the Webelos overnight campouts are found in the Cub Scout Leader Book, No. 33221.