Outdoor adventure is the promise made to all new scouts when they join a scout group. Outdoor activities stir the imagination and interest of scouts of all ages. In the outdoors, scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Hiking, camps, extended camping trips, tours, and expeditions are a vital part of the scouting experience. The lure of these adventures is the reason most scouts join.
Scouts learn to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances. Scouts plan and carry out age-appropriate activities with thoughtful guidance from their scout leaders and other adult leaders.
Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol or squad, and their troop or team. Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education.
Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures each month throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do them on a troop outing. The simple skills essential to living in a primitive setting are inherent in the scouting program. Scouts learns to respect and conserve their natural surroundings. Camping and outdoor activities put meaning into the patrol method. Troop meetings offer an opportunity to prepare for camps.