By Bryan Wendell
Jul 24, 2017

Camping Changes for 2nd and 1st Class

Since Lord Baden-Powell’s first campout on Brownsea Island, the outdoors has been an important part of Scouting. Fun things happen on campouts, and they can be a place where advancement occurs.

However because LDS eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in only three one-night camps a year, these Scouts can only advance to the Second Class Rank. That may be over according to Bryan on Scouting: “the number of overnight campouts required for a young man to earn the Second Class and First Class ranks will be reduced under new requirements that take effect Aug. 1, 2017.”  

These changes begin August 1, 2017, putting the number of overnight campouts back to the “to pre-2016 level,” he wrote  “The change maintains a focus on life-changing outdoors experiences while recognizing that not all outdoor activities need to include overnight camping.”

In 2016, with the release of the newest edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, the campouts required for Second Class jumped to three from two, so that was it for LDS New Scouts. And, since the number of campouts required for First Class climbed to six, many Deacon Scouts were stuck for months waiting for their troop to go camping. 

Byan also posted this helpful chart explaining the changes:

Rank Current Requirement  New Requirement as of Aug. 1, 2017
Second Class 1a. Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, three of which include overnight camping.  These five activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On at least two of the three campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, at least three of which must be held outdoors.  Of the outdoor activities, at least two must include overnight camping.  These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.
First Class 1a. Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping.  These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On at least five of the six campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors.  Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping.  These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.

You can read his full explanation here.

Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is senior editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines.

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2 thoughts on “Camping Changes for 2nd and 1st Class

  1. Renee Lyman

    I am certain every LDS Scout leader is rejoicing with this news! How amazing that we are able to make these changes and help more of our boys progress in their ranks.

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