Virtual Campouts

Camps for the summer may have to be cancelled...but camping doesn’t have to be!

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Ken and Colin discuss the cancellation or postponement of different Scout camps and events which would otherwise have taken place over the next few months. However, inspired by the Troop 19 Bubble Duckies patrol out of Short Hills, New Jersey, Ken pitches the idea of holding “virtual campouts” with Cubs and Scouts.

The idea behind a virtual campout sounds simply: Scouts individually pitch camp in their back yards, and then keep in touch with their peers — who are doing the same thing — via videoconferencing software. However, there’s a fair bit of organization and coordination that still has to go on in order to pull such an event off successfully. There has to be a plan: everyone needs to be out pitching their tents at a particular time, so that they can videoconference with each other and perhaps support each other as they pitch camp. Then, for meal times and campfire, further scheduling needs to be done to ensure that everyone has their meals (or skits and songs) prepared for a particular time. Additional challenge could be introduced in the form of a pre-determined menu that everyone has to cook their version of, or a pre-arranged set of ingredients that everyone has to innovate around (Iron Chef-style). The youth could even work on badge requirements, either solo or together via still yet another scheduled videoconference.

It’s a poor substitute for, say, a Jamboree...but it still gives the youth the opportunity to spend a night or two in a tent, and to work on badge requirements. Camps for the summer may have to be cancelled...but camping doesn’t have to be!


Shout-outs are due to Scouters Bev Warren and Rob Hofstra for sharing pictures of their Scout staves on the 1st Facebook Scout Group after Scouter Ken posted a link to the last episode there.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


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