Cub Scout Day Camp
What Is Day Camp?
Cub Scout Day Camp is a camping program for Cub Scouts that does not have the youth spending the night, or camping overnight. The Program normally has operational hours during the day (i.e. 9am to 4pm) or twilight camps, starting late afternoon to early evening, ending by 9pm. The program of activities provides fun and adventure in the outdoors at a site that provides seclusion and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on new experiences difficult to obtain in the usual indoor den atmosphere. Cub Scout day camps encourage participation of den and pack leaders to strengthen packs so their boys benefit and grow with a good outdoor experience. Programs are often theme based, and could include simple cooking, a Cub Scouting adventure feature, nature, archery, BB guns, slingshots, and aquatics.
Values of Cub Scout Day Camping
Operating a Cub Scout day camp is a valuable activity for many reasons. Day camp
- Has a primary goal of helping packs succeed.
- Strengthens den/pack organization for better year-round operation.
- Provides continuation of the Cub Scouting program during the summer and the opportunity for units to earn the National Summertime Pack Award and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, and to work toward qualifying for the Journey to Excellence.
- Is an excellent medium for attaining the aims of the Boy Scouts of America: character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
- Is a valuable aid in the progression from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.
- Meets individual boy’s needs and interests by offering a meaningful and educational Scouting program.
- Helps to recruit new boys in the den and pack during the summer.
- Provides a method of recruiting, training, and inspiring present and future Cub Scout leadership.
- Promotes fun and adventure with a purpose— the reasons why Cub Scouts join and why they remain Cub Scouts.
The need for a summer program of this type is evident. Few communities provide adequate facilities for activities for boys in the first through fifth grades. By establishing a day camp program, the Boy Scouts of America can lead the way in meeting this need.