John McCollum (jmcc@BUGGS.WORKS.TI.COM)
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 08:31:36 -0600
Since traffic has been a little slow lately, I'd like to start a new
thread on comparing the details of your unit's yearly outdoor program.
I've always been curious about other units' camping programs and in hopes
of getting some new ideas I'm willing to start a discussion by sharing Troop
895's program for '94. We are a troop of approximately 30 boys and 8-10 adults
with generally good participation on campouts. We are in the North Trails
District of the Circle Ten Council, located in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of
Dallas and chartered by a local Church of Christ.
September: Horseback riding at a local council camp where horses and
wranglers are available. Boys can get some of the requirements for
Horsemanship MB. Arrive Sat morning, spend one night, return Sun. noon.
October: "Challenge" campout. This was an idea by our camping chariman
(ex-military) who has the boy use some compass skills to locate an
"injured victum", administer first aid, and transport him back to
base camp over a rope bridge they have to build over a small stream
or gully. Overnight on private property.
November: Hiking. This was the first of several shake-down, day hikes with the
older scouts going about 6-8 miles in preparation for Philmont and
the younger boys going about 3-4 miles. Overnight at base camp in
a state park.
December: Wilderness Survival. Boys work on MB by building a natural shelter
and sleeping in it. This time we issued each boy a half chicken, one
apple and a couple of potatoes to be cooked without utensils. Overnight
on private property.
January: Family campout. Moms and sisters and anybody else interested get to
come on this one. It's done at a state part where bunkhouse type
cabins are available. The boys like this one because the OGP
(Old Guys Patrol i.e. Adults) does all the cooking. This one also
includes a Court of Honor. One night.
February: Military. We arrange to visit an Army or Air Force base where the
boys get to spend two nights in the barracks, eat at a real mess
hall and kick the tires on a hellicopter or howitzer. The kids
really love this one. Two nights, all day Saturday activities.
March: Council Camporee with other troops and Webelo dens. Two nights.
April: Rapelling. Camping chairman instructs scouts on simple rope techinques.
Boys spend all day taking turns rapelling down samll cliffs, usually
20-30 feet. Allways looking for new places, somewhere withing 3-4
driving hours from Dallas. Usually one night, unless need to travel
May: Canoeing. Last year was first time in several years for this troop, so
started easy by going on day trip down Brazos river. This year we
want to get more adventurous and make an overnighter on the river
somewhere. Again, always loooking for good locations.
June: Summer Camp. Five days a local council camp.
July: High adventure. Philmont this year. Small contingent of older boys.
How does this program compare to your troop's activities? If you're
interested, please post and let's compare.
ASM/COR, Troop 895
Circle Ten Council
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