Camping is one of Scouting's most popular adventures but it requires some preparation. Knowing how to plan a camping trip is important. So, before heading out for your next camping adventure, here are some tips to help make your trip a success.
- Select a trip - Identify which adults will be attending the trip (one must be a trained leader).
- Identify transportation needs - Will you be using a trailer? Who will pull it? If not using a trailer, what equipment will you need and how will you get it there?
- Review Guide to Safe Scouting for any limitations or training required for the trip.
- 45-90 days prior to the trip - Secure a campsite and make reservations for any equipment rentals. Get any equipment or facility release forms that need to be signed by parents when making reservations.
- 4 weeks ahead of the trip - Confirm all reservations. Promote the trip by communicating detailed information to the Scouts regarding the trip. Pass out permission slips and release forms if required (the slip should include cost, dates and time of departure and time of return).
- 2 weeks before the trip - Develop a meal plan. If the whole point of your camping trip is to sit around the campfire and relax, it's okay to plan some more-involved meals. But if your entire trip centers around hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, etc., you'll want to choose easier meals. If it's going to be hot, choose cold meals like sandwiches, salads, etc.
- Day of trip - Pass out maps to the drivers, be sure to have all cell numbers, get there early and enjoy.