These days, kids spend much more time inside, mostly thanks to technology. The average American child spends about 4 to 7 minutes a day playing outside and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.
Spending time outdoors isn’t just enjoyable — it’s also necessary. Many researchers agree that kids who play outside are happier, better at paying attention and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.
Young people in Scouting have the opportunity to enjoy the best classroom in the world - the outdoors!
All our Scouts should have the opportunity to get into the outdoors whether it is their first campout and they are learning the basics, or they are ready for high-adventure and outdoor skills. Because Scouting serves a wide range of ages from 5 to 20, different activities are approved for different ages and ability levels.
Our council has four camping properties: Bay Springs Scout Base, Camp Seminole, Camp Toby Tubby and Camp Yocona. We hold council-wide events and trainings, district activities and unit (packs, troops, crews, ships, posts) activities on them. The four camp properties differ in location, recreation and facilities, but all offer the most important thing: Adventure!
National High Adventure Bases offer challenging and exciting adventure programs for Scouts 14 years of age and older. Individuals Scouts, Units (troops, crews, ships, posts) and council contingents (provisional groups organized by the council) give older Scouts adventures of a lifetime.
The National Scout Jamboree is held every four years and lasts ten days at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. It is open to Scouts age 12 and up, and is a Scout campout like no other! Scouts from 50 states, US territories and international Scouts converge on this purpose-built facility for one of the largest campouts on the planet. Our council organizes a contingent to attend together as a troop / crew.