Outdoor Activities

Scouting offers numerous age-appropriate activities and events for members of your troop.

Boy Scout Outdoor Program

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys when they join Scouting. Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. Click Here for information on the 2015 Boy Scout Summer Camps held in our Lincoln Heritage Council.

Philmont Scout Ranch

The Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

Order of the Arrow Involvement in the Cub Scout Camping Program

There are numerous opportunities for Arrowmen to provide service, demonstrate leadership, and practice camping skills by working with a Cub Scout pack.

Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving.

BSA Snorkeling Safety

Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting BSA swimming activities using masks, fins, and snorkels.

Kayaking BSA

Kayaking BSA provides an introduction to kayaking skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing units in camp or out.

Nationally Approved Historic Trails

More than 300 trails have been approved for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and family campers. The Boy Scouts of America strongly recommends that hikers use only historic trails that have been nationally approved.

Council High-Adventure Directory

The BSA high-adventure program directory lists council-operated high-adventure trekking programs to help units locate high-adventure programs across the nation.

Passport to High Adventure

Designed to help older Scouts, with guidance from their adult leaders, to plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks

BSA High Adventure Bases

The Boy Scouts of America operate three high-adventure bases: Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, and Philmont Scout Ranch.

Scout Sunday Observance

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities

Program-specific criteria designed to assist unit leaders in determining what activities are age-appropriate for their participants.


The Boy Scouts of America has held National Scout Jamborees for Scouts and leaders of Boy Scout councils throughout the United States and the World Organization of the Scout Movement holds World Jamborees for Scouts and leaders throughout the world.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

The Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Project COPE

Project COPE is an exciting outdoor activity designed to meet the needs of youth who seek greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities.

Scouting and Climbing

Youth participants identified climbing as an increasingly popular activity. They requested the development of program literature by the Boy Scouts of America in support of climbing.

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