By Darryl Alder
Jun 13, 2017

Solving the Camping Dilemma for 11-Year-Old Scouts

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.

Best of all this camp is available for Year-round Camping and for any Stake / Ward Activities. Stakes and Wards may utilize the camp to run their own camps.

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. 

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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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2 thoughts on “Solving the Camping Dilemma for 11-Year-Old Scouts

  1. AvatarScoutmaster of Two Troops

    The best solution we have found is to dual enroll with a non-denominational troop.

    There are several in the valley. The best part is the people in those troops are there because they want to be there (including both the leaders and the youth). In our case, the leaders are all LDS and most of the youth coming are coming because Scouting is not being run in their wards. Some are coming because they love Scouting so much they attend their wards and ours at the same time (two different days a week and twice as many campouts).
    We have youth that when they turn 12 will receive their Life rank advancement two weeks later (and already have their camping merit badge with over 21 campouts).

    Without doing this, you could easily be 12 years and 9 months old before you receive your 1st class (assuming they got their 3 campouts allowed but their birthday was in October, many LDS troops do not camp between November and April which leaves May, June, and July – 9 months after their birthday). Then, you have 16 months to get them to Eagle which could make them 14 and 1 month old. And, we all know the closer they get to 14 the harder it is to get them their Eagle. I prefer to get them going while they are excited.

  2. Tyler NorthTyler North

    Another great solution is to find people you know with acreage who are willing to let the Scouts camp out. I have some great memories as an 11-year-old Scout camping with my Troop on the back edge of some friends’ property they let us use because their son was in our Troop. We still did a camp fire, played games, pitched our tents for the night, and made hobo egg omelettes. It is great fun, and still felt like authentic camping because we were away from civilization on some wide acreage, just a 10-minute drive from home.


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