boy scouts of americaAs adults, most of us wish to be a part of something great. Most of us have never had the opportunity to be a part of a group that works together. The Boy Scouts of America gives boys the chance to become a part of something great, but it is something that goes beyond boyhood. Men who were a part of it when they were younger live by the things that they learned throughout their adult lives.

The Benefits of Being a Boy Scout

boy scout confidenceOne of the biggest benefits is that boys get to try new things. They may have the opportunity to go camping and do so much more. They also provide services to others who need it. They are helpful in their community whether they are giving elderly people a moment of their time or doing other things. They are given the opportunity to become self-confident in all that they do. The confidence and values that they form as children will be carried over into their adult lives, which improves their work life and their family life.

Why Boy Scouts Succeed in Life

blackhawk boy scoutsWhen boys become scouts, they learn the value of becoming trustworthy and loyal. They are helpful in their community and believe that others should come before themselves. They are taught to be friendly, obedient, brave, and thrifty. They strive to keep their neighborhoods cleaner and most who have been involved with scouting for several years, feel that God and Country are very important to their adult lives.

The Blackhawk Area Council

blackhawk badgeThis boy scouting group is ideal for pushing good kids to be great. There are many opportunities for kids to earn badges, they have the opportunity to explore new adventures, and do more than other boys their age. There are training events that take place to help them grow as individuals. Wouldn’t you enjoy knowing that you enrolled your son in something that will help them become a better man as an adult?

Upgrading Camping Quarters

swimmingCamping out is a great way to spend time together. It is a setting that makes it possible for kids and adults to learn something new about the world that we all live in. However, there are times when it isn’t so great to have the together time. It can become too much since many people want their own space at times as well. For this reason, many boy scout camp grounds are upgrading camping quarters to give the adults a quiet place to relax after a day of scavenger hunting with the kids.

Nature’s Beauty and Together Time

scavenger huntsDuring the day, explorers are out exploring. There are swimming events, bow and arrow target practices, games to play, and a lot of stories to tell. The kids and adults spend time looking at different leaves, learning about various types of moss and finding the one that can be used as soap or as a fire starter, and more. It is all about learning and working together as a team to make the most of the outdoor experiences that can be found there. It is a great time for everyone. When the sun goes down, there are ghost stories to be told and marshmallows to roast. The togetherness doesn’t end. This can become overwhelming for camp counselors and scout leaders who enjoy having their own space once the sun goes down. Therefore, many opt to bring along their own RV or camper to give themselves a quiet place to relax.

The Camper’s Choice

camperThe camp counselors who choose to bring their own fifth wheel or RV quickly discovers that it isn’t enough to have their own space. They find themselves very tired at the end of a day chasing children through the woods, so they may add new mattresses to their camper’s bedroom. They may also worry about curious kids searching their camper on a scavenger hunt, and may choose to upgrade to a Jayco door latch. Many have a stove and a microwave so that they do not have to eat the camping food that the kids enjoy. By making little tweaks to ensure they are comfortable, most counselors and scout leaders say that they are better with the kids the next day.

The Upgrades Make a Difference

As a parent, we all know that having one or more child can be exhausting. Camp leaders and those who take part in camping events with the scouts have sometimes 20 kids at once. Each child has their own personality, confrontations do occasionally take place, and things get messy. Without a break during a week-long outing, every adult ends up feeling stressed out, even if they have the best group of kids they could hope for. Having a space that is just for them, space where they do not have to hear kids whispering all night long or where every moment of their week is spent with 8-year-old kids; they are able to rest up for the coming day. This makes it easier to have fun throughout the entire week and most who have an RV or camper say they will never go back to the old way of camping with the scouts.

Lakeside Beach Fun at Camp

paddle boardOne of the most favorite parts of camping for most boys and girls is the activities that they can take part in. They enjoy hikes through the woods, campfires with ghost stories, and being able to get into the water at times throughout the day. There is just something great about enjoying all the water sports and it is even better if the lake has a beach for them to enjoy as well because it leads to a whole lot of lakeside beach fun at camp.

Watersports and More

camping water sportsMost all scout camps have large lakes for the kids to enjoy nearby. They also try to have a variety of things available for kids to use in the water. This is so that the campground and troop leaders can encourage them to get active and stay that way. They may have paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and more. They may also have large inflatable rafts for the kids to float on or pool noodles for times when they are trying to push people into the water in a competitive game of jousting. The possibilities and the fun are endless, but there also comes a time when everyone wants to just simply sit by the lake and enjoy.

Beach Fun

campers on the beachOn the beach of a lake, most scouts enjoy simply hanging out. They love to have a bond fire in the evening hours where they can roast marshmallows and kick back in lounge chairs where they may have a hanging cup holder resting for their chilled soda. This is big because most of the time at camp they only get water or milk so soda is a big deal. They also tell ghost stories and at times if there is a girl camp next to a boy camp, they all get together in this area to mingle. During the day, they also enjoy that spot by the lake because it is still a great hangout spot for them when all other activities have slowed down. Girls enjoy sunbathing on the beach and boys enjoy hunting for sticks and other things that they can throw into the water or make toy rafts with. When the water is clear, these same kids also enjoy wading into the water to see what wildlife may be hidden beneath the surface.

Making it Happen

As with all other areas in the camp, nature doesn’t always make it enjoyable for the kids. Some summers a camp may have to go in and remove lake weeds or spray for pests down by the lake. They may have to replace the lounge chairs and set the burn pit back up. It is the campgrounds efforts that make everything worthwhile and more enjoyable, but they can only do it with support from the troop leaders and all the scouts who want to be there to enjoy it. Without people willing to go camping, campgrounds have no reason to make sure the paddleboats are working and the kayaks are durable and this is truly sad because of all the missed opportunities for fun.

Creating A Comfortable Scout Camp

bunk beds at campThink back to when you went on a school 4H camping trip or a boy/girl scout camping outing. Chances are good, you have some pretty fond memories of your experience, but also a few not so great ones. Did you go only one time or did you go every chance you got? Many parents, when asked, say that they only did it a time or two because they liked being home more. Most likely, it wasn’t because you didn’t like the activities. More often than not, it was because you didn’t enjoy the whole discomfort thing that we dealt with back then. Now, things are improving. Everyone is working on creating a comfortable scout camp so that more kids will be willing to attend and perhaps even a few of their adult parents.

Camping Back in the Good Ole Days

bug bitesBack when you were a child and going camping with a group, you probably had to sleep on an old rickety bunk bed. They would be very hard and often you could feel the bars under your back while you were trying to get comfortable. There were also uncomfortable picnic benches for you to eat at and more bugs than you could count that would be swarming around you while you were trying to enjoy your meal. These campgrounds were not designed for comfort, but seemed to make everything more uncomfortable. Things are finally about to change. Those days are ending and everyone is happier to go out into the woods with their troops.

The Changes Being Made

summer campsSofter beds are the first priority. The beds that used to be there were serviceable, but they didn’t make kids or troop leaders want to return the following year. Now, campers have a higher quality mattress under them when they sleep and the bunk beds are no longer rusty metal bars of uncomfortableness. Mosquitoes are also not a problem like they have been in the past. Now, there are campgrounds that use lawn spray to kill mosquitoes before campers even get there and afterward when the campers first start scratching.

Why Comfort Matters

By creating a more comfortable place for campers to stay, more campers may be willing to attend the big trips out. The idea of boy scouts and girl scouts is to get kids outdoors and active. Teach them to love nature and all that it has to offer. If campers are not willing to go, they cannot enjoy all that is there for them to see and do. This defeats the entire purpose of having troops. Therefore, the idea is that if campers can get out and enjoy the outdoors, they will be more willing to spend time there in the future. It will help them to see the fun parts of it rather than the not so fun parts. It will ensure that they grow up loving the outdoors and perhaps be more willing to pass on that love to their children in the future. The future of the scout programs depends on it.