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Webelos Scouts look forward to
the day when they can participate in Boy Scout camping. Because it provides a
taste of the outdoor adventure that awaits them in the troop, the Outdoorsman
Activity Badge will be one of the most popular with the boys. It is also one
of the most important because it helps prepare them for outdoor life.
In most Webelos dens, the boys
work on the Outdoorsman badge during the month before their first adult
partner and Webelos Scout overnight campout. The reason is, of course, that
they should be prepared for the experience of setting up camp, fixing their
own meals and enjoying camp life. The activities will give each boy enough of
the rudiments of outdoor living to make him comfortable on the campout, with a
small amount of equipment, and have an enjoyable experience without
trespassing on the Boy Scout camping program. It provides a good foundation
for boys when they move into the troop.
Todays push-button life is too
easy from a physical standpoint. The boys must be given a chance, through
their own efforts, to live in the outdoors. It can give them a sense of pride
in knowing that they can take care of themselves. Through camping, the boys
have a good opportunity to develop citizenship, character, and fitness. It is
up the Webelos leader, with the help of other adults, to make this experience
an enjoyable one.
Suggested Den Activities
1. Show boys how to make an
improvised sleeping bag or bed.
2. Study and learn fire safety
rules including no flame lights in tents and no liquid starter for
3. Learn aluminum foil cooking
4. Have a den cook-out.
Build charcoal stoves. Vent them at top and
bottom with can opener. Teach boys how to build a fire in them.
6. Make a first aid
7. Practice camping
in the backyard.
8. Practice laying
fires for regular wood fires or charcoal, so boys will know how to lay fires
for cooking or campfires.
9. Have a
tent-making project of a simple tarp tent which will provide shelter for two
10. Make lists of
items needed for backyard camping and adult partner and Webelos Scout camping.
11. Learn the
12. Plan and hold
an adult partner and Webelos
1. Exhibit homemade
tents, first aid kit, improvised sleeping bag, posters on safety.
2. Demonstrate how
to make a tent or sleeping bag; explain contents of first aid kit; explain
fire safety rules; oral report by adult partner and Webelos Scout on overnight
Webelos Scouts are
encouraged to have adult partner and son overnight experiences away from
home. This is an important step in the transitional period from the Cub Scout
to Scout program. The Webelos den adult partner and son overnight experience
may be conducted with troops assisting and participating.
There are three things to
understand about a Webelos overnight experience:
First - It is an Adult Partner -
Webelos Scout event. The Webelos den leader should let the adult partner and
Webelos Scout put up their own tents, prepare their own food and do their own
clean-up. The Webelos leader should not take the whole responsibility for the
den. He should, however, have a program of activities prepared and everything
Second - It is not a tough,
pioneering adventure. The campsite should be located in a spot isolated from
the rest of the Scout camp or on private property easily accessible by car.
More than likely family type camping equipment will be used which is heavy and
difficult to carry any distance.
Third - It requires protection
from the weather, materials necessary for the preparation of food and program
items to suit the area where the overnight is being held. Tentage will be
required for protection. It does not make sense for a Webelos den to purchase
tentage for just a few overnights a year.
Put responsibility for tentage
on each adult partner. Have each adult partner - Webelos Scout team provide
and cook their own meals. Participation in any planned activities should also
be as a team.
There are other aspects
toWebelos overnight camping. The overnight experience for adult partner and
Webelos Scout is a den related activity.
As stressed earlier, these are
adult partner and Webelos Scout events, under the direction of the Webelos
leader. Obviously, it is desirable to have each boy under the supervision of
his own adult partner. The main point is that every boy should be under the
supervision of a responsible adult. Let all adult partners get involved in
the planning of the trip or ovemighter and give them definite real
responsibility. During the planning meeting have a positive attitude. These
adult partners are expected to be part of the activity.
The dictionary defines Scouting
as exploring an area so to obtain knowledge. The key letters to remember in
the word Scout are OUT, as in outdoors. In order to go scouting you
must go outdoors. In this section we will examine the proper way to eat,
sleep, dress and make ourselves at home in the great outdoors.
Two things can
be accomplished at Den meetings
Planning and Preparation.
There are many planning guides available to Webelos Den Leaders.
Equipment And Tents
1. Explain the plans for the
overnight campout and distribute a personal equipment checklist to each
boy-adult team. Review the checklist and discuss plans for obtaining tentage.
2. Have instruction and practice
in pitching the tents you will use. Also have practice in making a ground bed.
3. Ask the den chiefto lead
practice in tying knots needed for the campout.
4. Review the outdoor code.
Each tent should have its own
bag and should be labeled.
Never pull a stake out by
pulling on the grommet or canvas.
Never leave a stake in the
ground without a rope.
If tents must be packed wet,
be sure to set them up to dry out as soon as possible.
Loosen ropes when canvas is
wet so that the canvas wont tear while drying.
Waterproofing solutions are
available through Sears, Army Surplus, and other distributors of tents and
Use a ground
cloth under your tent, but be sure to tuck all the edges, all the way under
the tents floor.
1. Practice fire
lays for cooking and council fires. Stress safety in preparing fire sites,
lighting, and putting out fires. Use the same type fuel (wood or Charcoal)
that you will use for cooking fires on the campout.
2. Discuss the menu
for the campout and show how to prepare the food.
3. When fires are
ready, end with a marshmallow roast.
From what point
do you leave?
How long will it
take to travel to the camp site?
When will we
Have you filled
out a local tour permit? (At least two week before departure)
or other permits required?
Does the campsite
lend itself to conservation service project?
available or do we need to bring it from home?
Is the water
supply safe or do we need to bring our own?
Do we have enough
cars and qualified drivers to carry boys, adults and equipment?
What about car
What about public
Is there an adult
to accompany every boy?
substitutes adults needed?
Is the den chief
coming? Was he involved in the planning?
Will anyone from
the troop be there?
Do the boys and adults
know what to bring?
Who will bring bow saws for
Who will bring the first aid
Have we planned a simple menu?
How many meals? Which ones?
Are there utensils to match
eating utensils? Paper plates and cups for easy disposal?
Games? What kind? Who will
Campfire? Who is responsible
for what? Hikes? Swimming? Fishing? Boating? Who?
Equipment Check List
Pack or bag for
underwear, shirts, pants, (1 pair per day), socks (2 pair per day)
Sweater or jacket
Knife, fork and
Mess kit (plastic
Toilet kit (soap,
toothbrush & paste, comb, towel)
Sleeping bag or
for the program
In Boy Scouts the boy who keeps
records, narratives and pictures of scouting activities is the troop
Historian. For your overnight campouts try to get one of the boys to bring a
camera (with his parents permission) and serve as historian. Have him mount
his pictures on a display board and tell all the details of your outing at the
next pack meeting.
Divide into two teams. Give each
team captain a 12 in. length of clothesline rope. At signal, the captain ties
a double knot in the rope and passes it to the next in line. The second
person unties the knot and passes it to the third person, and so on down the
line. The first team to finish wins.
The Frayed Knot Slide
The Frayed Knot Slide is made to
immortalize a great story.
There was a hungry piece of
rope. He wandered into a small cafe and sat down at a corner table. The head
waiter came to the table and said, Hey ! Arent you a piece of rope? We dont
serve rope here! He quickly escorted out friend out of the door and onto the
curb. Not to be put off, our hero unraveled an inch or so and strolled back
into the same cafe. Again the head waiter came over. Arent you that same
piece of rope I just threw out of here? he asked. Oh no!. said our friend.
Im a Frayed Knot! (afraid not)
1. Gather the wire. Check with
the phone company or an electronics repair shop.
2. Put four or five colors
together in a tight band. Make a loop and twist the ends. The loop should be
about an inch wide. Twist the ends tightly, as this will hold the loop tight.
3. With the remaining ends, make
a jumble of colors. Try wrapping the wires around pencils and then pulling
out the pencils. Try anything, just make a large mess about the size of a
4. Remember to
instruct the boys on the story of the Frayed Knot so that when someone
asks about their slide they will be prepared to tell the story.
How to Make a Compass
Bowl of water
1. To magnetize the needle, rub
the magnet down the needle 50-60 times. Always rub in the same direction.
2. Put the needle in the cork
and place it in the water.
3. Which way does it point?
Turn the cork the other direction. What happens?
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