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.
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.
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.
Camping COVID-19 Resources
The safety and health of campers and staff is always the highest priority at camp, and BSA camps have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. Click here for resources to support COVID-19 mitigation within BSA camping programs.
Camp Director Resource Page
This is a resource page designed specifically for Camp Directors. You will find information on a variety of topics and it will be updated often. Click here to go the page.
Short-term Camp Resources Page
This is a resource page designed to discuss the short-term camp classification of the BSA and provide the resources to be able to implement this type of camp in your council. Click HERE to go to the page.
Trail to Adventure Blog
For the latest articles and information about the Outdoor Programs of the BSA subscribe to the Trail to Adventure blog or visit the site at https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/trail-to-adventure/
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
New! BSA Unveils Distinguished Conservation Service Award
For more than a century, the BSA has encouraged and honored conservation work with an award that recognizes youth, adults and organizations who have demonstrated tremendous effort and commitment to the environment. This award, which until now had been known as the William T. Hornaday Award, is being discontinued, and the new BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award is being introduced to underscore the importance of encouraging everyone to participate in environmental stewardship.
Click here to read more information about the BSA’s new Distinguished Conservation Service Award.
BSA Chain Saw Training
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