Why the Outdoors

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

In the Outdoors we strive to meet the Aims of Scouting.

Character Development:

In the outdoors, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of them as they learn to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances.


Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol, and their troop. This working together through the patrol and troop teaches active citizenship. 

Personal Fitness:

Scouts are challenged in the outdoor adventure and high adventure and are pushed physically and mentally to accomplish tasks of the outdoors. 


Scouts plan and carry out activities from start to finish. With thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders scouts make a plan and carry out this plan. Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. A youth or adult leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a weekly meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do it themselves on a troop outing.

National BSA Pre-Camp Leadership Meeting – 

Wednesday March 11th 7pm CDT

Be prepared for your best season yet! All 2020 BSA Long-Term camp Managers are invited to join us!  Topics will include mental health at Camp, NCAP 2020 to 2021, Staff resources and more.

Register online at https://reservations.scouting.org/profile/128137 

Outdoor Programs & Properties Manual

Your one stop for all council outdoor program information, with links to all current resources. Replaces the Camp Program & Property Management guide. DOWNLOAD THE OUTDOOR PROGRAMS & PROPERTIES MANUAL

BSA Chainsaw Training

The release of the updated BSA Chiassaw trainig is here. 

Latest Edition of Trail To Adventure newsletter

Here is the fall 2019 edition of the Outdoor Programs Support Committee’s Trail To Adventure newsletter

To subscribe to the Trail To Adventure newsletter click here

Program Quality Evaluation Tool (PQET)

Councils can evaluate and improve their outdoor and camp programs using this self evaluation tool.  Your Scouts deserve the best! LEARN MORE


Contact the Outdoor Programs and Properties Team

Not sure who to ask – Click here

High Water Hazard Advisory

Please read the High Water Advisory and urge all BSA program leaders operating on moving water to view the video “Reading The Rhythms of Rivers and Rapids” available on the Aquatics Program page.