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Camp Outs

Campfire.
Troop 49 camps about ten times per year. Camp outs mix skills development, the outdoors, and fun! Some camp outs have become more or less traditional for Troop 49 because of their popularity over the years. These include Webelos Woods, Camporee, a backpacking/rock-climbing weekend, the Texas Renaissance Fair, and a week of summer camp.

Usually the troop meeting immediately prior to the camp out is devoted to preparation. First the whole troop plans a schedule together and then patrols gather to plan tenting, duty roster, meals, and equipment. The scouts can use the Duty Roster form to help prepare for a camp out. 

Q&A
Q: What should scouts bring on camp out? 
A: Scouts should always consider bringing: 
1.      Change of Clothes (Weather appropriate)
2.      Class “A” Shirt
3.      Flashlight with Batteries
4.      Hiking Shoes
5.      Mess Kit
6.      Pocket Knife
7.      Rain Poncho
8.      Scout Book
9.      Sleeping Bag
10.     Sun Screen and Hat
11.     Tent with Rain Fly and Stakes (or have a plan to share)
12.     Toothbrush/Toothpaste
13.     Water Bottle with Water

Q) What do scouts do on a camp out?
A) It depends on the camp out. Often, scouts will 
  • Set up camp
  • Work on scout skills 
  • Do some physical activity (hiking, climbing, swimming, capture the flag, etc.) 
  • Cook meals 
  • Socialize 
  • Have a campfire 
  • Break down camp
  • Participate in a non-denominational prayer service 
Q) What do the scouts eat on a camp out? 
A) The scouts plan their own menus. They are generally encouraged to plan balanced meals with plenty of protein. Troop 49 has a camp cookbook that the scouts are encouraged to use when planning their meals. Scout are generally discouraged from bringing their own food, unless they have special dietary requirements. Food is not allowed in tents, and scouts should not bring junk food like chips, donuts, cookies or soda on a campout.

Q) What do adults do on a camp out? 
A) Adults work as their own patrol on campouts, they tent and eat separately, and generally try to stay out of the way of the scouts. Scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters are responsible for health and safety, logistics support, and helping the patrol leaders deal with rule breaking and interpersonal conflict. 

Q) I volunteered to be a coordinator on a camp out but I'm not sure how, what should I do? 
A) The scout and adult coordinators have different (although related) roles. The adult coordinator is mainly focused on paperwork and transportation, whereas the scout coordinator is focused planning activities, reminding the troop and keeping them informed about the camp out, and helping patrols prepare for the camp out. The adult and scout coordinators work together to define what troop equipment to bring and develop the roster of attendees.