Volume 5 Issue 9
April 1999


Heart of America

The best way to work on the Outdoorsman Activity Badge is on a Parent-Son overnight campout. Policies of the Boy Scouts of America encourage one or two Parent-Son campout during the year when a boy is a Webelos Scout. This is not full-fledged Boy Scout camping---only a taste of what is to come when the boy joins a troop. After a Cub Scout becomes a Boy Scout, he will become proficient in handling himself in the woods. As a Webelos Scout, he should not be expected to master any of these skills only to have a little fun in the woods.

Your activities on the Outdoorsman badge should all point towards the Parent-Son campout. If you are working on this badge in the spring or summer, you might dispense with regular den meetings and concentrate on outdoor activities such as cooking practice, fire building and safety and hiking.

Den Activities
Heart of America

  • Make a tent (see Webelos Scout Handbook or Boy's Life reprint--26048)
  • Have a den First Aid Kit
  • Have a den cookout
  • Learn aluminum foil cooking techniques
  • Have a campout planning session with the boys. Make a list of items you will need for backyard camping and for Parent-Son overnighter.
  • Practice camping in the backyard
  • Show boys how to make an improvised sleeping bag or bed
  • Make sure they are familiar with fire safety principles which include no flame lights in tents or liquid fire starters
  • Go on a Parent-Son campout
  • Make simple tools for Den outing.

Idea for Pack Meeting
Heart of America Council

Exhibit: Homemade tent, first aid kit, improvised sleeping bag, posters or charts on safety

Demonstrate: Oral reports from Parent-Son overnight campout, show how to make a tent or a sleeping bag, explain the contents of a first aid kit.

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