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Why go camping?

ADVANCEMENT SKILLS – The BEST place to learn (and teach) the skills required for 1st Class are in the field. The camping, cooking, nature studies, navigation, hiking and related activities provide the opportunities for newer scouts to show their stuff and for experienced scouts to show the way.

MERIT BADGE SKILLS – Most troops that plan an annual calendar link each month to a theme, often relating to a merit badge. Outdoor related merit badges such as Camping, Hiking, Orienteering, Pioneering, Climbing and many others are most effectively exercised in the field.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING – Two mandates of the Scouting movement are to develop leadership and to promote the patrol method. The most advantageous venue for advancing these attributes is in the course of camping trips. It’s here that the patrol must act as a unit to achieve its objectives; here is where the youth leaders can hone and expand their ability in the direction of others.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – Scouting is and always has been a service-focused organization. A large part of our service obligation can be met while camping. Trail maintenance, campsite improvement, forestry projects and such are ways to pile up service hours while enjoying the other benefits of your camping program.

MOST IMPORTANT – FUN – Without this, none of the above will count for anything. Camping will do more to maintain interest in Scouting than any other single activity. Preparing for an outing will make your troop meetings more energetic. The attendance will be higher. Everyone will have more FUN.

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Scoutmaster: Allan Yovanovich 90 E. Loma Alta Drive, Altadena, CA 91001

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