Of all the Scouting positions I have done, (I have held every unit leader position), I like the New Scout Patrol the best. However, this patrol in troops around the BSA face all kinds of challenges helping Cub Scouts make the transition from Webelos to Boy Scouting. But, in the LDS Church we face a whole other set of problems. Things like getting support from the troop and it’s committee, getting attention from the Primary president and finding a way to practice the patrol method with just one patrol.
Eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in three one-night camps a year, which meets the camping requirements for …Second Class. If desired, these overnight camps may be held with the ward’s Boy Scout troop—Scouting Handbook 6.1
Of all these, the largest problem I faced as an 11 year Scout leader was getting enough camping into our program. Since the days I was a leader, the Council has developed the Adventure Park 11-Year-Olds Camp at Buck Hollow Scout Ranch. Here’s how to use this camp and others to solve your Cub Scout camping problems:
Adventure Park is designed to provide outdoor experiences and program to help new Scouts reach their First Class Scout Rank (other than the six required days and nights of camping) including an overnight camp. Camp runs from 8:30am Friday to 3:00pm Saturday.
Activities include: Trail to First Class, Five Mile Hike, Camp Wide Games, Campfire and Honor Programs, Stargazing, Patrol Campfires, First Aid, Knots and Lashings, Leave No Trace and Nature, Orienteering, and Totin’ Chip and Firem/n Chit.
In addition many of our council camps provide a special Adventure Track that can help units accomplish this goal. These allow your 11-year old patrol to attend camp with your ward’s Troop for two of the days of the week-long camp.
To register for a two-day, one-night Adventure Track for your 11-year old patrol, click on the following camps.
We also have a week-long option (for patrols who don’t have to sleep overnight each night) at Maple Dell Scout Camp.
I may have had concerns about getting Cubs on campouts, but you don’t need to if you use these great camp properties.
Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA