Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cub Scout Camping

Since 1930, the BSA has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting.  Cub Scouting (including Tiger Cubs) is a year-round family oriented part of the BSA program designed for boys who are in first through fifth grades (or are 7, 8, 9 and 10 years old).  Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting:
  • Character development
  • Spiritual growth
  • Good citizenship
  • Sportsmanship and fitness
  • Family understanding
  • Respectful relationships
  • Personal achievement
  • Friendly service
  • Fun and adventure
  • Preparation for Boy Scouts

Philosophy of Scout Camping 

A common thread of purpose and method runs through every part of the Scout camping program.  Our aim is to clearly define that thread in each part of our camping program so that the purposes of Scouting will be made clear and the common methods that are followed will unify our units as teams dedicated to the highest ideals of camping and service.

Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors.  It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.
  • Camping contributes to good health through supervised activity, sufficient rest, good fun, and wholesome companionship.
  • Camping helps develop self-reliance and resourcefulness by providing learning experiences in which campers acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to their well-being.
  • Camping enhances spiritual growth by helping campers recognize and appreciate nature and the handiwork of God in nature.
  • Camping contributes to social development by providing experiences in which campers learn to deal practically and effectively with living situations.
  • Camping is an experience in citizenship training, providing campers with the medium for democratic participation in making decisions, planning, and carrying out activities at their own level, while improving understanding within the family.
  • Camping at the Cub Scout level introduces boys to and helps them develop skills to be applied and learned more thoroughly as a Boy Scout.

Character Development

Since its origin, the program of the Boy Scouts of America has been an educational experience concerned with values.  In 1910, the first Scouting activities were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service.  These elements were a part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.

Just as character development should extend into every aspect of a boy's life, so character development should extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting.  Cub Scout leaders should strive to use Cub Scouting's 12 core values throughout all elements of the program, including resident camp.

Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values






Health and fitness



Positive attitude




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