Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Camping contributes to good health.
  • Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Camping enhances spiritual growth.
  • Camping contributes to social development.
  • Camping is an experience in citizenship training.
  • Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces Cub Scouts to the knowledge and skills they will learn and apply more thoroughly as a Scout.

Cub Scouting offers camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized family camps, and pack overnighters.

Inspired Outdoor Adventures

During the 2019 National Annual Meeting, the Camping Subcommittee presented a program called “Inspired Outdoor Adventure”.  The discussion introduced concepts for Unit level creation of exciting and inspiring outdoor activities that entice Scouts to experience new and stretching opportunities in the outdoors.  The Subcommittee also introduced The Adventure Plan (TAP) now available on which provides Unit leaders a digital tool kit of all resources useful in planning and conducting outdoor adventures.  Also introduced were Google Maps of 55 Council operated High Adventure bases and 192 Historic Trails.   These are great tools for outdoor adventure serving the new Scouting market place of boys and girls (49.8 MM total youth in America). 

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation

Outdoor Programs Committee Guide 

The Outdoor Programs Committee Guide, No. 430-935, is designed to help councils and districts offer a balanced outdoor program that delivers the promise of Scouting—from Cub Scouting to Venturing and Sea Scouting. The publication emphasizes integration of partner committees (Conservation, COPE/Climbing, Aquatics, Fishing, Shooting, Properties, Maintenance, Risk Management, and Health and Safety) to achieve the program goals of the council. The appendix includes a self-assessment tool to help councils identify areas for improvement.

The Cub Scout Outdoor Program

Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces Cub Scouts to and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will later be applied more thoroughly as a Scout.

Portable Outdoor Programming  Exciting program venues that are easily transportable.  Put some POP in your Cub outdoor programs.

Pack Overnight Form    This site appraisal form is to be used by the local BSA council to evaluate pack overnight family camping locations. It should be kept on file in the council office for local unit reference and is periodically reviewed for accuracy.

The Scouts BSA Outdoor Program

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

Scout Outdoor Awards

Outdoor Literature

Historic Trails