Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys when they join Scouting. Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.
In the outdoors, boys 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. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns 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 activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders. Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol, and the troop.
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 it themselves on a troop outing.
Exercise and fitness is part of the outdoor experience. As Scouts hike, paddle, climb, bike, or ride, their muscles become toned and their aerobic capacity increases. When they work as a patrol to plan menus for their outings, they learn to purchase cost-effective ingredients to prepare flavorful and nutritious meals.
Service to others and good citizenship is learned through such outdoor activities as conservation projects, collecting food, building trails and shelters, and conducting community service projects that promote healthy living. Through helping other people, Scouts learn to appreciate how they can share themselves and their blessings to those in need. By giving service to benefit others, Scouts gain a sense of personal satisfaction.
Troop 1910 goes camping at least once per month during the year – rain, snow or shine. A Scout is prepared, and therefore, the troop will only cancel an event due to health and safety reasons. It should be pointed out that the troop works towards ensuring all are fully prepared.
Each patrol will develop a menu and duty roster, have them approved by the senior patrol leader prior to the campout, and have them posted during the campout. Each patrol will maintain its own supply of paper products, soap, food items, trash bags, etc.
Scouts participating in a camping trip will share costs equally. Generally, permission slips and money owed for trips are due 2 meetings before an event. The money and permission slips are collected during patrol corners. The patrol activity roster and money are then turned in to the troop treasurer. The permission slips are handed over to the outdoor coordinator or Scoutmaster. The cost of food is generally $10 per weekend event. In addition to food costs, Scouts are responsible for sharing the cost of camping (campground fees, permits, etc.). In the event a Scout decides not to attend an event but after supplies and/or reservations have been purchased/made, the Scout will still need to pay his share. Once a Scout has committed to attend an activity, no refund will be made. Troop fundraisers are held periodically to defer some of these costs.
Troop 1910 attends Camp Bell and Hidden Valley each summer during the months of July and August. The Scout camps are owned and operated by the Daniel Webster Council (DWC) and are located in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH as part of Griswold Scout Reservation.
Be sure to check out our events calendar to stay up to date with all our upcoming activities.
BSA recommends that all youth and adult members have annual medical evaluations by a certified and licensed health-care provider. The Annual Health Medical Record form is the standard medical form to be filled out and submitted to the troop. This form has three parts. Parts A and C are to be completed annually for any and all activities. Part B along with Parts A and C are required for any event exceeding 72 consecutive hours, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding, such as a high-adventure trek. Part B is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider.