Advancement Campout

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At the Advancement Campout, newer Scouts practice Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class skills. Older Scouts gain proficiency by teaching these life skills. Scouts use the Patrol Method to plan their meals & duty rosters. Scouts are asked to bring their handbooks and each individually demonstrate each skill. Other troop meetings focus on Scout skills including First Aid, Swimming, Knots, and Personal Fitness.
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Troops may schedule an Advancement Campout for the early spring after the Webelos have crossed over into the troop. Advancement Camp is so important that many troops work together to pool their resources. Some local councils and districts host these events because it is so important to membership retention and summer camp attendance. Scouts who have learned the basics at an Advancement Camp will be ready for summer camp. The Advancement Campout can also help a troop meet their First Class-First Year goal:

Though you can advance at your own pace, active Scouts will usually earn First Class within a year of joining a troop.
Boy Scout Handbook, p. 14


An Advancement Campout Plan PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF and editable Advancement Campout Plan Microsoft Word DOC document Word DOC file are available.
Just fill in the date, Scouts in Charge for each event, and make tweaks as needed!


Contents


Troop Meeting - Advancement Campout Planning Meeting

Summary: Scouts plan meals, duty rosters, and campout program. Each Scout must be able to individually demonstrate each skill.

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #1. Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.

9. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #4. a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner and that requires cooking at least two meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.

4. b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.
4. c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
4. d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.


Sample Advancement Campout Schedule

This schedule is based on the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills #33640.

Friday Evening

6:00 PM Set up: camp and ax yard, post Duty Roster.
6:30 PM Totin' Chip, Patrol Method, fire building & fire building competition.
Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #2.b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.

2.c. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
2.d. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
2.e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both.

8:00 PM Campfire & cracker barrel
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #3. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
10:30 PM Taps

Saturday Morning

7:00 AM Reveille & Flags
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #3. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity.

7:30 AM Breakfast
Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #2.f. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.

2.g. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #4. e. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.

8:30 AM First Aid
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #12.a. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.

12.b.. Show first aid for the following:  Simple cuts and scrapes,  Blisters on the hand and foot,  Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree),  Bites and stings of insects and ticks,  Venomous snakebite,  Nosebleed,  Frostbite and sunburn

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #6.a. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning.

6.b. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
6.c. Demonstrate first aid for the following:  Object in the eye,  Bite of a suspected rabid animal,  Puncture wounds, from a splinter, nail, and fishhook,  Serious burns (second degree),  Heat exhaustion,  Shock,  Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #8. b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.

8. c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person:
from a smoke-filled room
with a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards.
8. d. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Saturday Nature Hike

10:00 AM Introduction to: Hiking & Orienteering
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #5. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #1.a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.

10:00 AM Hike: 2 ½ miles out with your lunch in a day pack (book backpacks work great.)
Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #1.b. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.
11:00 PM Nature: Plant & animal identification and Leave No Trace
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #11. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #5. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #6. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community.

12:00 PM Lunch: Eat the picnic lunch you have packed in
12:30 PM Hike back to camp: continuing to find evidence of wild animals & native plants

Saturday Afternoon

1:30 PM Knots and Knot Tying Competition.
Scout 6. Square knot

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot
4.a. Whipping and fusing, 4.b.. two half hitches - taut-line hitch
Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class
8. a. bowline

3:00 PM Pioneering
Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #7. a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings '7. b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together. '7. c. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.

4:30 PM Games

Saturday Evening

 5:00 PM Flags/Prepare dinner
 6:00 PM Dinner
 7:00 PM First Aid Competition to review Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class skills
 8:00 PM Campfire: games, Scout Skits, etc.
10:30 PM Taps

Sunday Morning

7:00 AM Reveille & Flags
7:30 AM Breakfast (simple) & Pack up
8:30 AM Scout's Own Worship Service
9:00 AM Service Project: Police area, prepare firewood, & conservation projects
Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #4. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
10:00 AM Depart

Troop Meetings - Scout Skills Themes

Troop Meeting - Swimming

An annual swimming event could be held at any time. It is a chance to have fun, play games, and work on swimming skills.
Goals: Scouts First Class and above teach First Aid skills to the newer Scouts. Each Scout must be able to individually demonstrate each skill.
Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #7.a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.

7.b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
7.c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #9. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.

9. b. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
9. c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)

Troop Meeting - Personal Fitness

New Scouts can record their times for the Tenderfoot personal fitness requirements. Older Scouts can start Personal Fitness Merit Badge or play basketball or other games with the troop.
Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #10.a. Record your best in the following tests:

  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Standing long jump
  • 1/4 mile walk/run
10.a. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.


Basic Scout Skills

Orienteering

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #1.a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.

1.b. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.*
Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class
1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
2. Using a compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)

Camping

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #1. Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.

3. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
5. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost.
9. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #2.b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.

2.c. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
2.d. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
2.e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both..
2.f. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.
2.g. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #4. a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner and that requires cooking at least two meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.

4. b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.
4. c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
4. d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
4. e. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.

Citizenship

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #3. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity.

4. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #5. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.

Nature

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #11. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #5. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #6. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community.

Pioneering

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #7. a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings

7. b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
7. c. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
Knots

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #4.a. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.

4.b.. Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #8. a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.

First Aid

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #12.a. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.

B. Show first aid for the following:
  • Simple cuts and scrapes
  • Blisters on the hand and foot
  • Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree)
  • Bites and stings of insects and ticks
  • Venomous snakebite
  • Nosebleed
  • Frostbite and sunburn

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #6.a. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning.

6.b. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
6.c. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
  • Object in the eye
  • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
  • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
  • Serious burns (second degree)
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Shock
  • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #8. b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.

8. c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person:
from a smoke-filled room
with a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards.
8. d. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Swimming

Image:SecondClassVerySmall.jpg Second Class #7.a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.

7.b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
7.c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.

Image:FirstClass 32x32.gif First Class #9. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.

9. b. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
9. c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)

Personal Fitness

Image:TenderfootVerySmall.GIF Tenderfoot #10.a. Record your best in the following tests:

  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Standing long jump
  • 1/4 mile walk/run
10.a. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.

Requirement resources

Orienteering
Camping
Citizenship in the Community
Nature
Pioneering
Knots
First Aid
Swimming

Related Awards

Orienteering - Camping - Pioneering - Knots
Outdoor-related awards
Citizenship
Personal development-related awards
Nature
Ecology-related awards
First Aid
Emergency Preparedness-related awards
Swimming
Aquatic-related awards
Personal Fitness
Personal development-related awards


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