Family Camping

Everything a Scout Family needs to know about a Pack 182 Family Campout!

With so many new families on board, and so many events happening in a short period of time, it’s easy for our leaders to become distracted and forget, not every family knows every THING! So, you’ve got questions about the campout? We’ve got answers!

What is a Family Campout, anyway?

Pack 182 holds a Family Campout each Spring and Fall. It is a highly anticipated weekend throughout the pack! We plan fun activities, eat perfectly unhealthy food, and foster relationships and togetherness. Scouts have a chance to get to know the pack beyond their den, and run around like the crazy kids they are!

What does a Family Campout generally look like?

A whole lot of fun! With activities ranging from games to fishing to fire building, there’s fun to spare. Each camping trip offers different activities based on the season, available options, and who is doing the planning.

Who can attend?

These camping trips are meant to get the family involved. Parents, siblings, and even cousins are welcome!

What is a typical schedule for a camping weekend?

Friday evening is always optional. Families arriving Friday should provide their own dinner. For some, this is a bag lunch, a drive-through, or diner stop on the way to camp. Others bring their own fixings, heat, and cook something delicious in the great outdoors. Though there is often a campfire on Friday night for cooking, we cannot guarantee it based on a variety of factors. Please be sure to bring your own source of cooking heat, just in case you need it.

Saturdays start with breakfast at 0800, followed by our opening flag ceremony and whatever activities are planned for the day. This typically includes scheduled den and family/free times. We enjoy lunch and dinner as a pack, and close the day with a fun campfire program.

Sunday mornings, we have breakfast at 0800. Then, we clean and pack up Pack 182 equipment before our own. After a Leave No Trace Line, campers are excused for the weekend.

Does the camping trip cost anything?

 We typically charge parents and siblings a small fee to cover the cost of food and any campsite fees. This cost can vary based on grocery expenses, camp fees, and any supplies purchased for activities. It isn’t usually more than $10 per person, and can certainly be less. Registered scouts are paid for by the pack. Remember never to let the cost of any event keep your family from participating. Speak with a leader if cost is an issue!

Does the pack provide fishing gear?

No. Unfortunately, the pack does not have fishing gear for scouts and their families. We do usually have thoughtful families bring along extra tackle they are happy to share.

Do I need a fishing license?

 This depends on where we are camping. If we are camping on BSA property and the entirety of the lake is inside the lines on private property (think Camp Green Dickson), a license is not required. State parks also allow fishing without license. Please check the rules at individual campgrounds before fishing. The pack is not liable if you are ticketed for fishing illegally.

Which meals does Pack 182 provide?

The pack provides breakfast tacos both Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as dinner Saturday. The dinner menu varies each time we have an adventure, but will typically consist of something like chili dogs, frito boats, hobo packs. Simple, kid-friendly camp food that is easily made in bulk!

But, you didn’t mention lunch!

Correct! Lunch is provided by Scout Families, potluck style. This is an assigned potluck, so slightly less fun. Each den is assigned one type of item to bring to the campout for lunch. Please check with your den leader to learn whether you are to bring cheese, fruits, lunch meat, or otherwise.

What is my responsibility as a parent?

Parents are required to attend these campouts with their children. If you are the parent of a Lion or Tiger, you are also required to be YPT certified. Also, please be sure to fill out and turn in medical forms A and B for each Scout in your family and turn it in to your Den Leader. These medical forms are required for all scouts. You are responsible for your child during the weekend. There will be many adults running activities and interacting with the Scouts, but they aren’t free babysitters!

What should we wear to camp?

Scouts should wear their Class B (pack/scout t-shirt) and bring their Class A (button-down formal uniform attire). Class A will be required for flag ceremonies, and Class B will be worn for the rest of the weekend. Only closed toed shoes are allowed. The shoe rule applies to each person in attendance; not just scouts.

How do we RSVP?

 An e-mail, Facebook post, and text message will be sent to families a few weeks before camp. Please use the enclosed Google form to RSVP. We need to know how many adults and children will attend, as well as how many nights each family will camp.

Who is responsible for ALL. THAT. WORK?

I am! No, you are! No, he is! No, they are! Simply put, we all are. Remember, scouting is a volunteer led organization. Our events are only as epic as we make them! “We,” as in each and every person who attends. Duties such as cooking and cleaning will be assigned to dens throughout the weekend. We will have a chart posted so each scout can easily find his or her assigned chores for the day or weekend. Adult run activities are handled by those who volunteer to help, as is the heavy that adults are in charge of. Occasionally, we are lucky enough to have Boy Scouts on hand to help with a myriad of tasks!

What is campfire?

Campfire is one of the highlights of overnight camping trips! After dinner Saturday evening, we retire the flags and get ready for a fun filled campfire program. Leaders or specially selected scouts will light a campfire for everyone to gather around. Dens perform skits, sing songs, tell stories, and adults spark up great conversations. This is a great time to get to know one another and develop relationships.

What is a skit?

A skit is a small performance. Leaders, parents, and scouts are all encouraged to participate in campfire antics. Skits and performances absolutely may not include violence, potty humor, or jokes against other people or genders. Any skits performed by scouts must be den leader approved.

Are pocket knives allowed at camp?

As with any other scouting event, only those scouts who have earned their Whittling Chip AND have their card in their possession may bring a pocket knife. Remember, scouts must be able to present their card to any leader who asks to see it, and any misconduct with a knife will result in losing a corner of said card.

Are electronics allowed during camp?

Our Family Campouts are screen free weekends! No electronics should be used by Scouts, and we ask that parents lead by example. We want the Scouts to have a blast connecting with nature and each other. Sometimes to connect, you have to unplug!

What do I need to bring to camp?

We have thorough check lists available to anyone who needs them, but here’s a general idea. Your personal items may include, but are not limited to:

  • A tent
  • Sleeping gear (cot, air mattress, sleeping bag, bedding)
  • Clothing
  • Personal toiletries
  • Your mess kit
  • Reusable water bottle or cup.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials in case we hike

This is like packing for a typical camping trip, but you don’t have to tote all the food! Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks in a personal ice chest, though.

Who can sleep in the same tent together?

  • Separate accommodations for adult males and females and youth males and females are required.
  • Separate tenting arrangements must be provided for male and female adults as well as for male and female youth.
  • Youth sharing tents must be no more than two years apart in age.
  • In Cub Scouting, parents and guardians may share a tent with their family.
  • In all other programs, youth and adults tent separately. (FAQ)
  • Spouses may share tents.

Are scouts required to use the buddy system at camp?

Absolutely! Scouts are always required to use the buddy system during outings. No scout should ever be left alone.

Is two deep leadership really that important at camp?

Again, absolutely! Two deep leadership is a big, big deal and should always be enforced. Scouts tend to want attention from an adult and run off after them, putting adults at risk of breaking this rule. Please review two deep leadership rules with your scouts before camp and remind them it is for everyone’s personal safety.