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Why Go Camping

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, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make you more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges first thought to be beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a Scout 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 or squad, and their troop or team.

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.

Click the links at the left under "Camping & Hiking" to learn about the many places Troop 71 camps and hikes and visit our Facebook page to view the thousands of photos of these trips.