Why Do We Have Outings And Field Trips?
National Capital Area Council
FUN – the main reason why boys are in Scouting.
Achievement – the boys have a natural opportunity to fulfill
required achievements for their ranks.
Introduction to Outdoors – the outing can be the first
introduction to learning about and enjoying the outdoors.
Fulfilling Aim/Purposes of BSA – the program activity should
meet the purpose of Cub Scouting and provide opportunities for physical,
spiritual mental and social growth. These are lasting values.
Variety – Vary the activities used to achieve the purposes of
Scouting. Boys like to sample many different things. It can also serve to
teach a new skill or introduce the boys to a new subject for the first time.
Unity and Pride – Outings help to enrich and instill pack and/or
den unity and pride as members all get to know one another and spend time
working and playing together.
Action – Boys like to DO things…not just sit and watch or sit
Planning the Outing
In planning special outings, there are some general
guidelines, which should be followed to help ensure their success:
Why are we having the activity? Does it help to achieve
the purposes of Cub Scouting? Where do you want to go? Who is going to go?
A den, the entire pack, ..the Webelos? Lead a discussion with your den to
identify one den financial goal that must be saved for. Discuss the goal in
detail (for example: visiting a mint or a bank).
There should be adequate adult leadership to ensure
safety and supervision. Are you going to need separate committees formed?
For example—Transportation, Reservations, Publicity, etc? This is a good time
to involve adult family members of your pack. Use common sense for the amount
of leadership you’ll need. If you are going to a nearby park to play with
your den, then your two-deep leadership would be adequate. If you are going
to a ballpark holding 80,000 people, obviously, you are going to need more
help to keep your group together. A good guideline is the following: 2
Leaders for the first 6 Scouts, one additional leader for every 4 boys after
What type of facility, if any, is needed for your
activity? Can it be held in your normal meeting site? Is it an outdoor
facility? Are reservations necessary? Will there be a charge to use the
facility? Do you want to visit a bank or a Federal Mint?
Physical Arrangements –
What type of seating arrangements will be needed, if
any? If outdoors, what is available for use and what else is needed?
Select a date. Use your Council, District and Community
Calendars to see if there are any activities already scheduled that could
conflict with yours. A written schedule, agenda or program will be helpful.
When will it be held? What time does it begin? Who does what and when? What
time does it end? You need to plan!
Always, always plan for back-up leadership to fill in
case of an emergency. If you are having an outdoor activity, be sure to have
a back up if the weather does not cooperate with you.
Be sure that all of your pack families are informed as to
what is happening in the pack. Use flyers, pack newsletter and your leaders
to get the word out.
Judging and Awards –
If your activity is competitive in nature, will each boy
get something for participating? Or will only the winner be recognized? How
and when? What type of awards will be used? Who will do the judging? How?
Health and Safety –
Make sure your activity is safe for the boys and their
families. Some precautions to consider include:
Use the Buddy System on your outings
Select (ahead of time) a well-identified gathering sire for your
group if anyone becomes separated
Carry a first aid kit in all outings
If you activity includes any aquatics activity, you must have an
adult who understands the Safe Swim Defense; for any boating activities, your
leader must have completed the Safety Afloat course and be in possession of
the Safety Afloat Certification Card.
Check the Guide to Safe Scouting to make sure your outing is an
Materials and Equipment – Is there any special equipment or
materials that are needed for you activity? Who is going to bring them?
Finances – Will there be a cost involved with the activity?
Will the pack budget cover the cost? If not, how will the costs be covered?
Prepare personal budgets or a spending plan to reach the goal of covering the
costs of this outing.
Advance Preparations for the Outing: Let’s Talk
Publicity – the success of your outing may just
depend on how well you do in getting the word out. If your pack members don’t
know about the activity, they can’t participate. Make sure that you have all
necessary information on your flyer-—activity, date, time, who can go, how
much it will cost, location, a contact person for more information and
registration, etc. Reinforce this information in your pack newsletter and
through your leaders.
Directions – Be sure that you also give a set of
written instructions and/or map, if necessary, on how to get to your activity
or you might wind up going by yourself!
Advance Reservations/Costs – If you are planning
to go on an outing that involves tickets or fees to enter, you will want to
take care of these items in advance. Most places offer group rates, so, in
your planning, you should have addressed these items. Through your publicity
and promotion of the activity, your parents should be aware of the costs
involved…either with advance ticket purchases or by providing the boys with
enough money on the day of the outing.
Tell the boys the following: “Our fabulously wealthy
Cubmaster has offered each of you $1,000, on the condition that you spend it
on a trip in the USA. You are limited to two weeks and must spend at least
$900 of your gift, but no more that the $1,000 given to you.”
Ask the boys where they would like to go and make a list
of activities. Take this list and assign a cost to each item, using a local
travel guide, an AAA tourbook, or other resource. Make sure to include some
activities that are free! Enter the activities and costs on an itinerary sheet
and expense sheet.
Use a map to determine the distances to each
destination. Fares for travel expenses, accommodations and food are given
below. Use this information to choose the mode of transportation and to
calculate travel time and expenses. Travel time must be taken into account.
For example, if you spend all day on the train going from Boston to Miami, you
will not be able to plan any activities for that day. If you spend the night
on a train or bus, you do not have to pay for accommodations that night. You
may not drive all night or spend the night in your car and, for purposes of
this game, there are no all-night airplane flights. You must make
arrangements to return to your starting point by the end of the last day of
You must make arrangements for sleeping accommodations
every night, using the information below as a guide. You must eat three meals
a day on your trip. A snack may be substituted for one meal per day and only
once each week. Calculate eating expenses and enter them on the expense
Total the daily expenses from the list you have
compiled. Add the daily totals to determine the cost of the entire trip.
After the trip is planned, have the boys make a list of clothes, equipment,
etc that they will have to take with them
Example Expense Guidelines:
Mode: Cost Per 100 Miles Time Per 100 Miles
$10.00 per day plus .10/mile
1 ½ hours
$6.00 (or $200., 2 Week pass)
2 /1/2 hours
Formal restaurant $10.00
Inexpensive restaurant $ 2.00
Cooking while camping $ 1.50
Snack $ .75
Accommodations (per night)
Inexpensive motel $10.00
Camping $ 5.00
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