Scout camps have historically focused on teaching merit badge classes. Based on feedback from unit leaders and chartered organization partners, and, most importantly boys, we are changing from a merit-badge class orientation to experience-based adventures. Merit badges will still be earned but done through a tactile, experience-based method of learning. In other words, a game with a purpose!
Most tracks are a two-day experience with Scouts participating in two tracks during their week at camp. (Note: Some high adventure tracks will be longer than two days.)
Example of an Adventure Track
Let’s walk through an experience that a young man would have at one of our tracks. Remember that this experience will last two days.
A Scout (preferably with his entire unit, including adults) will check-in at camp and get set up. In the early afternoon, they gather at the lake with swimming suits and ready for some fun! There they meet a camp staff guide who covers canoeing skills and safety. The Scout then jumps into a canoe with his buddy and practices the skills just learned.
The group, after obtaining some skills in canoeing, then canoe over to a new location. Once on shore, the camp staff guide instructs them on how to use a GPS unit and introduces them to Geo-caching. The group does some practicing with that new skill.
The group is then given a Geo-caching course – which is underwater! The group must get in their canoes and complete the Geo-caching course on the lake!
After a lot of fun and overcoming the challenges of completing the course, they return to shore.
The next activity is learning all about the crawdads in the lake and how they are caught. The group is instructed on how to build a crawdad cage that can be used to catch these intriguing crustaceans. The group splits into smaller groups to build their cage for the next step in this fun adventure.
After the cages are completed and baited, the group is challenged, using their canoes, to place their cages in the best possible location and tag the GPS coordinates of the cage. The coordinates are then exchanged with other canoeing teams in the group with a challenge to find these cages later in the day.
Once the canoe teams have found and retrieved the cages with the crawdads, they come back together and learn more about these animals.
The entire adventure culminates in a group-based crawdad boil for their next meal!
Who wouldn’t want to participate in such an adventure! And the Scout gets to begin a new adventure the following day!
How do I Register?
Units can register for camp now! This includes Troops, Teams, and Crews (i.e. boys age 12-17). Adventure Track registration will begin on March 1. Details about the tracks will be coming out each week, so keep a close eye on the Blog and at www.utahscouts.org/camps.
Some tracks, especially all Blue and Black Diamond tracks, will require the full unit (Troop, Team or Crew), including adults, to register together for the same track.