Boy Scout Mystery Campout

SARLet me start off by saying that Troop 168 is boy-run and all of the activities are planned by the Scouts.  (Well all but this one…)

During our last planning session the Scouts made a decision that they wanted the adults of the Troop to plan a Mystery Campout.  They wanted us to completely plan the campout but keep the actual activity and the location a secret.  The Scoutmaster agreed and the date was set. 

David, who is an Assistant Scoutmaster in the Troop, was assigned the task of coming up with the plan and location and started planning.  He decided that we were going to do a Search and Rescue scenario following a recommendation of a Troop Committee member that recently attended the Philmont Leadership Challenge.  We decided that use our Council’s summer camp property as the location.  The Leadership Scouts in the Troop were brought in on the plan so they could run the scenario and serve as the command center at the base camp.

The older Scouts went through the specifics of the Search & Rescue Merit Badge and how to look for an individual that is lost on Saturday morning.  In the afternoon, “victims” were placed all over camp and clues were left that enabled the three search groups to go out and attempt to locate the lost individuals and then administer first aid as necessary.  The Scouts were all given radios, maps and GPS units so they could relay their information back to the Incident Command (IC).

While all of this was happening the new Scouts that had just crossed over from Webelos spent the day getting to know one another and their Troop Guides by working on joining requirements in the morning and in the afternoon they worked on their Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit.  For many this was their first camping experience and from what I could hear they really seemed to enjoy it.

After the SAR time was over everyone came back to camp and started on dinner and the Scouts got to work on their desserts for a Best Dessert Contest.  The Scouts had a great time learning a real life skill and as a adults we learned an appreciation for doing the job they do every month.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this campout fun.


Posted on March 11, 2013, in Boy Scouts, Camping, Merit Badges, Scouting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Boy Scout Mystery Campout.

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