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.
- 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
- 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
- Go on a Parent-Son campout
- Make simple tools for Den outing.
Idea for Pack Meeting
of America Council
Exhibit: Homemade tent, first aid kit,
improvised sleeping bag, posters or charts on
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.