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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us provide
this resource to youth who want to know all about the water.