How about an outdoor rain gutter regatta? Plan to hold the event outdoors rain or shine. If you do happen to get rain, the boys will talk about that for years.
How about a day hike to the zoo?
Get the patrol leader’s council to plan an outdoor service project. Is there outdoor work that needs to be done at the church? Is there a local neighbor whose porch needs painting? Does the homeless shelter need someone to cook and serve a meal? How about including the Cub Scout pack in that project? How about including the whole chartered organization in an activity led by the Scouts?
A summer weekend campout is a good time for a themed event. Pioneering merit badge is always lots of fun. The new Exploration merit badge would make a great weekend camp out (see requirements here). Preparation for this weekend will be the plan for many troop meetings before the weekend.
Get a local historian to help with a local historical trail-type hike.
Do you have Scouts that need Tenderfoot, 2nd class and 1st class requirements? A requirements trail weekend campout would do the trick. This would be a good time to have the older boys earn Scouting Heritage merit badge.
How about patrol hikes to the local library for the Reading Merit Badge?
Start with these ideas and add some even better ones of your own to keep the OUTING in Scouting. The fun and adventure that you generate will keep your scouts in scouting longer and provide a greater opportunity to influence their character. Now isn’t that what we’re all about?
Author: Boy Scouts of America |Advancement News