Webelos Woods Camp out |December 4, 2021
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome day event that introduces the patrol-method. Webelos dens will compete in Webelos Scout skills. The dens are judged on den flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration, and Scout spirit.
Dens compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the following events: first aid, fire building, Scouting knowledge, and knots. There may be demonstrations along the trail to fill the time between challenges. The scavenger hunt is a day-long event, with the goal of collecting as many troop tokens as possible. Awards are presented at a closing campfire (if allowed).
Learn more about Webelos-to-Scout transition and information to help assist Webelos Scouts as they make the important decision on which troop to join and questions to ask troops at www.shac.org/webelos. Find area troops at www.shac.org/join-troop.
The program will consist of a full day of activities on Saturday. Webelos Scouts should exercise the patrol-method as much as possible. More information will be available at November roundtable. Leaders may want to purchase a Scout Handbook and read the chapters on cooking, and first aid, and the sections on knots. Participants will check-in Saturday morning. Webelos dens will compete in activities such as basic first aid, fire building, Scouting knowledge (Outdoor Adventure and Scouting Adventure) and knots (square, taut-line, clove hitch, two half hitches, bowline, sheet bend). The dens will be judged on den flag and yell, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. On Saturday, dens will also participate in fun activities with area troops, scavenger hunt, and learn more advanced skills taught by local Scouts.
7:30 - 8:30 am Check In/Scout Demonstrations
8:45 am Event Opening/Flags
9:00 am Morning Skill Competitions/Webelos Scouts visit Troops
12:00 pm Lunch (non-cooking)
1:00 pm Afternoon Skill Competitions/Webelos Scouts visit Troops
3:30 pm Closing ceremony, awards presentation
5:00 pm Exit campgrounds
For the first aid event, every Webelos Scout should bring or wear a neckerchief. For the knots event, every Webelos Scout should bring a six-foot section of rope (easy to handle and good for knots). For the fire event, every den is to bring tender and kindling.
In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of their parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult (Guide to Safe Scouting). If a parent cannot attend, arrangements must be made for another youth’s parent (not the Webelos den leader) or another adult to be a substitute. No parent should be responsible for more than one youth other than their own.
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Field or activity uniforms are to be worn at all activities and ceremonies
This year there will be an additional activity for the Webelos dens. Webelos Scouts will visit troops to learn more about the trail and the troops. In return, the troop will give the den a totem to go on the den flag. Collect as many as possible.
Check-in: Check-in starts at 6:30am. After setting up camp, the Webelos leader or assistant Webelos leader should come to the registration area. Please bring the medical forms at this time. Leaders will receive a registration packet that includes the weekend schedule, and t-shirts. The Webelos den leader must bring tender and kindling to event, dropped off at firebuilding site or carried with you to firebuilding.
Cooking and Fires: Webelos dens will furnish and cook their own food, as well as provide all equipment for preparation, serving, and cleaning up meals. No liquid fuels (including charcoal starter) are allowed, and you may not build an open fire on the ground anywhere. Fires must be in a firebox raised off the ground. Please bring in your own wood/charcoal/fire pit/sand if you choose to build a fire. Propane stoves are allowed. The washstand is for people. Food in the washing area is unsanitary and clogs the drain lines. All dishes should be washed in buckets at the fire pit and cooking area. Dispose of the wash water in a shallow sump pit dug away from the camp area. All trash will be placed in the dumpster provided by the council. In cases where the dumpster is full, all trash will be removed from camp and taken home. Do not pile trash up on top of the lid or higher than the lid when closed as it will attract unwanted animals. At no time will trash be buried.
Respect the rights of others. Do not enter adjacent campsites without permission, and observe the quiet hours specified for all campers.
First Aid and Safety: A health and safety officer will be on duty all weekend. No food or candy is allowed in your tent or sleeping bag. Since this is a wooded and water area, all campers should be on the lookout for snakes. The buddy system is to be used by the youth at all times.
Check-Out: A final campsite inspection must be completed by the Webelos Woods staff prior to checkout. Final checkout is to be completed at camp headquarters, and patches will be issued at that time.
Troop Visits: Webelos Scouts and their parents are encouraged to visit troops throughout the weekend. You may visit them anytime. This is a good time to meet the adult leadership and watch the Scouts in action. After campfire on Saturday, visit troops and they may serve a Saturday night treat. This is a great time to ask questions and learn about the troop.
The Saturday evening campfire will include the presentation of awards to Webelos dens. Den will be recognized for their participation.
- Each den must work together to learn and accomplish different skills and tasks. Note: dens of 4th and 5th graders will be treated as a 5th-grade den.
- Each den should elect or appoint one youth as denner. Events are set up for patrols of five to eight Webelos Scouts; combining smaller dens should be done before the competition begins. The ideal patrol size for this event is five Webelos Scouts. Patrols smaller than 5 will be allowed to participate and will have a difficult time participating in some events. If you have 10 or more youth --- split them into two dens so each youth participates in every activity. Please let registration know, if you have less than five or more than nine Webelos Scouts, so we can assist in combining smaller patrols. Some attend as lone Webelos Scouts.
- Each den should have a den flag and a den yell.
- Each den should exhibit Scout spirit, which, for purposes of this event is defined as an interest in, and a willingness to learn and/or work at a particular task or event and game.
- Each den should exhibit teamwork, which, for purposes of this event is defined as working together under the direction of one youth leader (the denner) or their alternate, the assistant patrol leader, with each doing their task or part.
- Each den should exhibit leadership, which, for purposes of this event is defined as the denner or assistant denner taking charge, showing the den flag and patrol name when arriving at a new competitive event, leading the den in the patrol yell and directing and assigning tasks as needed. Note: Items 3, 4, 5, and 6 are part of the judging - don't let your den lose points by not being prepared in these areas!
- Each den must participate in all events during the morning and the afternoon competition.
- Each den is required to bring the special items listed on page one in order to participate in events.
- Adults are encouraged to attend the adult workshops. One adult should remain with each den. The adults can watch the Webelos Scouts during the competition. Coaching during the competition will cost the den points, so parents bite your tongue and let them do it themselves!
- Each den must follow the rotation schedule handed out at registration on Friday night and may not go to an event during a time other than the scheduled time.
- We're all volunteers in this together our goal is to provide the youth with exposure to the Scout troops, learn new skills and enjoy themselves.
- At all times, follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
- Stay with your den during the events and with your pack at all other times. Use the buddy system.
- If it isn't yours, don't touch it.
- Stay away from the playgrounds and the waterfront.
- Don't go into the woods at the edge of the park; we don't want someone lost or hurt.
- Don't mess with any wildlife.
- If you are not female, stay out of the women's restrooms and women's port-a-cans.
- Keep your campsite clean at all times. Dispose of trash properly.
- Observe lights out and silence in the camp.
- If someone gets hurt, let an adult know and have them get our medical team over to take care of the injured person. Don't move them unless they are in danger staying where they are.
- No vehicles in the camping area.
- No ground fires. No liquid fuel. Propane is okay; Webelos Scouts shall not handle propane fuel.
- All fires must be in pits, raised off the ground. All ash must be removed from the site - not placed in the trashcans.
- Never leave your campfire unattended. Put out all fires before going to bed.
- Webelos Scouts will not be allowed to handle axes or hatchets. Saws are to have blade guards.
- No sheath knives, No firearms, No BB guns, No fireworks, or No slingshots are permitted.
- If your group wishes not to camp, you will still be assigned a campsite. The same rules apply as if you were staying the night.
- After all of the above, HAVE FUN IN SPITE OF ALL THE RULES!
What to Bring
- Jacket, raingear, hat
- Clothing appropriate for weather
- Mess kit; camp cup
- Personal items
- Field unform (Webelos Scout uniform) and activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
- 6’ rope per Webelos Scout (for knots event)
- Neckerchief (for first-aid event)
- Hand sanitizer
- BSA Health and Medical form for every participant -- everyone onsite (parents too)
- Insect repellent
- Hand sanitizer
- Portable chair or camp stool
- Webelos Handbook (optional)
- First-aid kit (required – one per pack is acceptable)
- Trash bags
- Den Flag
- Items for fire building: 4 hat fulls of tender (size of match), 4 hat fulls of kindling (size of pinky finger), 10-15 pieces of fuel (size of wrist). Please bring the wood in bags (e.g., paper sacks) for easier transport - it can be mixed up
- Optional items: Scout Handbook