Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative groups living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.
- Camping contributes to good health.
- Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
- Camping enhances spiritual growth.
- Camping contributes to social development.
- Camping is an experience in citizenship training.
Virtual Camp Opportunities
Virtual camps offered by BSA councils from across the country will continue to challenge and excite your Scout! They will be able to interact with Scouts from across the country, all while learning new Scouting skills. This list will continue to be updated so be sure to check back!
Click here to see a list of camps available from around the country for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members.
The Cub Scout Outdoor Program
Cub Scouting offers overnight camping opportunities for Cub Scouts Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized short-term or family camps, and pack overnighters. For more information on Cub Scout camping guidelines click here.
Texas Southwest Council Cub Camp
Cub Camp introduces Cub Scouts to camping and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will later be applied more thoroughly as a Scout.
For information and resources on Cub Camp Click HERE.
The Scouts BSA Outdoor Program
Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys and girls when they join Scouting. Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. Learn More about the Scouts BSA Outdoor Program.
For additional resources for Scouts BSA Program consider – The Adventure Plan (TAP) now available on tap.scouting.org which provides Unit leaders a digital tool kit of all resources useful in planning and conducting outdoor adventures.
Scout Outdoor Awards
There are several awards related to the Outdoor Programs of the BSA that can supplement your Scout BSA experience. Click here to learn about these awards and recognition.
A short-term camp is any council-organized overnight camping program, whether one-time or continuing, that is one, two or three nights in length where the council or its agents provide the staffing and may provide program and food services, and includes camps conducted off council properties. National training courses are subject to the short-term camp requirements, regardless of format or duration.
A long-term camp is a council-organized camp of four nights or more that operates under council-retained leadership.
Outdoor Programs Committee Guide
The Outdoor Programs Committee Guide, No. 430-935, is designed to help councils and districts offer a balanced outdoor program that delivers the promise of Scouting—from Cub Scouting to Venturing and Sea Scouting. The publication emphasizes integration of partner committees (Conservation, COPE/Climbing, Aquatics, Fishing, Shooting, Properties, Maintenance, Risk Management, and Health and Safety) to achieve the program goals of the council. The appendix includes a self-assessment tool to help councils identify areas for improvement.
- Camporee Guide – Note: a new version of the document “Short-Term Camp Guidebook” is being developed.
Texas Southwest Council provides a great camping opportunities for both BSA members, as well as non-members, through the use of our three camp properties: Baden Powell Park, Camp Fawcett, and Camp Sol Mayer. Our properties are open for Public Use use between February 1st and October 31, any time we are not holding a Council or District event. For More information on Public Use of our properties, Click Here.
Our Camping events such as Winter Camp, or Cub Camps, can be found here.